Mindful Chef are back again with us this week, sharing the veggie alternative to the Christmas roast – how good does it look!? Made with chopped chestnuts, cannellini beans, mushrooms, carrot mash and herbs, it makes a refreshing alternative to the traditional nut roast!
- 100g fresh cranberries
- 120g chestnut mushrooms
- 120g green beans
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 200g carrot
- 240g cannellini beans (drained)
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 tsp - dried sage
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 300g parsnip
- 4 tbsp ground hazelnuts
- 60g pre-cooked chestnuts
1. Preheat the oven to 220C/gas mark 7 and boil a kettle.
2. Trim the green beans. Peel and cut the carrots into small 1cm pieces. Place in a saucepan, cover with boiling water. Boil for 10 mins until slightly softened. Add the green beans in the last 5 mins of cooking. Drain the vegetables and keep the green beans warm.
3. Meanwhile, peel and cut the parsnips into thin batons. Roughly chop the chestnuts. Thinly slice the mushrooms, crush the garlic and roughly chop the parsley. Heat a small frying pan with 1 tsp oil and cook the garlic and mushrooms for 5 mins.
4. Roughly mash the carrots. Drain and mash the cannellini beans and mix with the carrot, chestnuts, mushrooms, parsley, dried sage, half of the ground hazelnuts and season
5. Form the mix into two loaf shapes (3cm thick), sprinkle with the remaining ground hazelnuts and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. At the same time, place the parsnips on a separate baking tray with 2 tsp oil and the dried thyme. Place both in the oven for 15 mins.
6. To make a cranberry sauce; in a saucepan, place the maple syrup, cranberries and 150ml boiling water and simmer for 5 mins.
7. Serve the chestnut roasts on two warm plates, spoon over the cranberry sauce. Serve alongside the green beans and parsnips.