WISHING YOU ALL A MERRY XMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR!! This is my last post for this year....See ya all next year with more amazing world class recipes.
This is my 100th post of my blog which I started almost a year ago. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I tried to cook up a three course set menu for this Christmas. The Menu is completely vegetarian (for a change, let the turkeys jot down some wishes to their bucket list)!!
Starter - Vegetarian Strudel
Main - Christmas Veggie Wellington
Dessert - Baked Chocolate Puddings with Rich Chocolate Sauce
I just wanted to cook up something good and delicious for the lovely vegetarians so they too can enjoy a good Christmas meal. So I opted for "Veggie Wellington", a recipe of Simon Rimmer from BBC food. The recipe looked delicious, wholesome & perfectly suited for a Christmas meal.
Preparation time 40 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes
For the filling
- 60g/2oz basmati rice
- pinch of turmeric
- 1 lemon, zest only
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 600g/1lb 5oz brown cap mushrooms, sliced
- 50g/2oz butter, melted
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
- 1 tbsp dried cranberries
- 2 eggs, hard-boiled, chopped
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the pastry
- 250g/9oz ready-rolled puff pastry
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- vegetarian gravy, to serve (I used up my Indian spinach curry to go with it)
1) Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
2) Cook the rice, turmeric and lemon zest in a pan according to packet instructions, until tender. Drain well.
3) Heat the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat, add the onion and mushroom and fry for 3-4 minutes, or until softened.
4) Stir in the cooked rice, herbs, cranberries and hard-boiled eggs until well combined. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
5) For the pastry, cut a 20cm x 30cm/8in x 12in rectangle from the puff pastry.
6) Spoon the rice mixture down the centre of the pastry. Bring the sides of the pastry together and seal by stroking with the help of a fork. Brush all over with beaten egg and chill for 15 minutes.
7)Sprinkle the pastry parcel with sesame seeds and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until crisp and golden-brown.
To serve, place one slice of the Wellington onto each of six serving plates. Pour over vegetarian gravy.
PS: The Blogger has issues with its editing functions thus am a bit frustrated about not putting any hyper links of my other possible Christmas sides which is posted in my blog. So please go to the category English / Roasted Potatoes. Perfect for a Christmas dinner.