Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Vegetarian Christmas Dinner Recipes

Such a cute idea for a Christmas veggie tray!

Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Balsamic-roasted brussels sprouts

      1 pound brussel sprouts
      1/8 cup diced pine nuts
      balsamic vinegar
      olive oil
      parmesan cheese

  • Instructions:1. Trim and peel away the outer leaves of each Brussels sprout and then half them.

  • 2. Slide the Brussels sprout halves onto the skewers, about six to eight halves per skewer.
    3. Line a baking dish with parchment paper and places the skewers halved-side up.
    4. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over each skewer, trying to “fill up” the Brussels sprouts.
    5. Bake the skewers at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes until they are cooked and crispy.
    6. Plate the skewers on a serving tray and cover them with shaved Parmesan and the pine nuts.

    Wild Mushroom & Port Brioche

    Wild mushroom & port brioche


    2 tbsp olive oil
    225g chestnut mushrooms , quartered
    115g shiitake mushrooms , halved
    2 large field mushrooms , sliced
    3 sticks celery , finely chopped
    1 onion , cut into thin wedges
    2 garlic cloves , crushed
    300ml red wine
    1.2l hot vegetable stock
    2 sprigs fresh thyme
    150ml port
    1 tbsp redcurrant jelly
    6 brioche rolls
    flatleaf parsleyto garnish

    Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pan, then fry mushrooms for 4-5 mins, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Remove with a slotted spoon, then set aside. Add remaining oil to the pan, then fry the celery, onion and garlic over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5-6 mins. Add wine, stock and thyme and bring to the boil. Simmer for 30 mins.

    Add the port and redcurrant jelly. Bring back to the boil, then boil for 10 mins until reduced by half and thick and syrupy. Season to taste, discard the thyme and stir in the mushrooms. Simmer for 5 mins.
    Meanwhile, pull the tops off the brioche and reserve, then pick out dough from the centre to leave a thick shell. (Process remaining dough to make breadcrumbs, then freeze for future use.) Place rolls on a baking sheet, then bake for 5-7 mins until hot and crisp.

    Spoon the mushroom mixture into the brioche rolls, then garnish with the flat-leaf parsley. Serve immediately with any remaining gravy, potato wedges and green beans.

    Ready-made brioche Ready-made brioche rolls make wonderfully buttery cases for this rich wine and mushroom filling.

    Recipe from Good Food magazine, Vegetarian Christmas 2006.

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