Olia Hercules’ recipes for Christmas vegetables

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Caramelised cabbage stuffed with mushrooms, onions and chestnuts

This is an awesome vegetarian centrepiece inspired by a look successful an aged publication called Moldovan Cuisine, successful which the cabbage is braised successful stock. I similar steaming cabbages, particularly if utilizing the tender sweetheart (AKA pointed) variety. If your cabbage is precise big, you whitethorn request to steam it for a small longer than the look states: usage your instinct here. The filling tin beryllium made successful beforehand and frozen, past thawed earlier being stuffed into the cabbage.

Prep 20 min
Cook 50 min
Serves 4

200g chestnut mushrooms
1 mean pointed cabbage
(about 800g)
butter oregon lipid
2 banana shallots
, finely chopped
100g shiitake mushrooms
cooked chestnuts, astir chopped (or toasted conifer nuts oregon walnuts)

For the sauce
1 tiny ail clove, peeled
100ml creme fraiche
Salt and pepper
A pinch of paprika
– I peculiarly similar the smoked stuff

Grate the mushrooms connected the unsmooth broadside of a container grater (this is overmuch easier than chopping them finely). Cut the apical 5cm disconnected the sweetheart cabbage and shred it thinly. (If you are utilizing a regular achromatic cabbage, and it is connected the ample side, chopped it successful fractional crossed the equator – 1 fractional volition provender four; if yours is simply a larger party, usage some halves and treble the filling quantities.)

For the sauce, finely grate the ail into a bowl, past adhd the creme fraiche, immoderate salt, capsicum and a sprinkle of paprika.

Melt the food oregon lipid implicit a medium-low heat, adhd the shallots and a generous pinch of salt, and cook, stirring often, for 10-15 minutes, until brushed and lightly golden.

Add the mushrooms and shredded cabbage, and navigator for different 5 to 10 minutes. Season generously, past adhd the chestnuts (or nuts). The filling should beryllium precise good seasoned.

Trim the stalk disconnected the bottommost of the cabbage truthful that it tin basal up stably, but bash not instrumentality disconnected truthful overmuch that the layers autumn apart. Place the cabbage upright successful a steamer (if your steamer is not large capable to accommodate it, usage a ample colander implicit a cookware of boiling h2o and screen with a lid) and steam for astir 15 minutes (or a small longer if your cabbage is ample and its leaves are tightly closed together); you request the cabbage to soften capable to marque it casual to stuff.

Heat the oven to 240C (220C fan)/465F/gas 9. Gently prise the leaves unfastened and generously worldly the filling successful betwixt them. Brush the outer leaves and immoderate exposed ones with a small oil, past roast for 5 minutes. It should beryllium charred and delicious-looking; if you consciousness it needs much colour, springiness it different 5 minutes.

Present full astatine the table, past chopped it into wedges and service with the garlicky creme fraiche alongside.

Brussels sprouts successful miso food and chromatic glaze

Olia Hercules’ sprouts with miso
Olia Hercules’ brussels sprouts successful miso food and chromatic glaze.

These are inspired by Vichy-style carrots, which are glazed successful honeyed butter. If you hap to person immoderate leftovers, they’d marque for a precise flavourful bubble and squeak.

Prep 10 min
Cook 15 min
Serves 4-6 (as a side)

500g sprouts
40g butter
1 tbsp miso paste
1 tbsp honey
2 sprigs caller thyme
A pinch of oversea salt

If the sprouts are small, permission them be, but chopped larger ones successful fractional – I similar utilizing chopped sprouts here, due to the fact that the miso food clings to the chopped sides much easily.

Put the sprouts and the food successful a wide 20cm frying cookware and acceptable implicit a mean heat. Once the food has melted, adhd 4 tablespoons of water, screen with a tight-fitting lid and permission to navigator connected a medium-low vigor for 5 minutes.

Remove the lid, adhd the miso, chromatic and thyme, and navigator for different 5 minutes, oregon until you are blessed with their softness – my penchant is for sprouts that are casual to chopped with a regular food weapon - but usage your judgment. If astatine immoderate constituent the miso and chromatic look arsenic if they’re going to instrumentality to the bottommost of the pan, adhd a splash of h2o and deglaze the pan.

When the sprouts are ready, service instantly oregon permission them successful the pan, acceptable to reheat rapidly later.

Fiona Beckett’s drinks match

Under £10
Chateau Guiot Costières de Nîmes 2019 £9.99 (or £7.99 connected “mix six”) Majestic, 13.5%. Warm, generous Côtes du Rhône-like reddish that would spell beautifully with the cabbage - it’s not certified organic, but does instrumentality a minimal involution approach.

Over £10
Monsant Comunica La Pua Blanco Celler Comunica 2019 £17.37 Les Caves de Pyrène, £19 The Good Wine Shop, 13.5%. Orange vino would beryllium a terrific pairing with the stuffed cabbage, and this profoundly coloured Spanish achromatic garnacha is simply a large example.