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This year again we’ve scoured the internet for the best recipes with which to grace your Christmas table. On Emma’s recommendation we tried, and loved, the Happy Pear’s ‘Beet Wellington’ and Michelle admitted to a serious fondness for Dale Pinnock’s Garlic and Paprika Butter roasted Brussels Sprouts. In the first we have a mix of sautéed and grated vegetables mixed with some nuts, couscous and a little seasoning enveloped in puff pastry (or not if you’re coeliac, read on) and baked to make a Christmas centrepiece to be proud of while Dales’s simple treatment of the humble Brussels Sprout elevates them with the help of butter, oil, spices and an oven into an unctuous, umami rich side dish that might just be too good to keep for Christmas.


The Happy Pear’s Vegan Beet Wellington


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1 tbsp oil
2 red onions chopped into half moons
2 cloves garlic chopped
200g beetroot grated finely
200g carrots grated finely
200g oyster mushrooms chopped
3 tbsp tamari

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pinch of salt
pinch of black pepper
200g cashews chopped
5g sage chopped
5g thyme leaves
150g cooked coucous
1 sheet of puff pastry
oil to brush

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Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.  Add 1 tbsp oil to a pan on a high heat. Once heated, add the onion and garlic. Fry for about 2 minutes or until golden. Add in the mushrooms and fry for about 1 minute before adding tamari. Mix through and fry for 1 minute. Once the tamari has absorbed add the grated beetroot and carrot, along with the salt and pepper. Next add the cashew and continue to mix through until everything starts to stick to the bottom of the pan. Take the pan off the heat and add the sage and thyme along with the couscous and mix all together. Take 1 sheet of puff pastry and add your mixture along the centre of the sheet in a cylindrical shape. Wrap the filling tightly with the pastry and flip over. Brush with oil and mark the top as you’d like. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden.

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Dale Pinnocks Garlic and Paprika Butter Roasted Brussel Sprouts

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Ingredients (Serves – 3)

500g of Brussels sprouts
1 tbsp olive oil
1 heaped tbsp butter
Half a teaspoon of garlic salt
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika

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Pre heath the oven to 180.  Halve the sprouts longways and throw them into a roasting tin.  Drizzle over the olive oil.  Sprinkle over the garlic salt and the smoked paprika and toss well.  Place into the oven and begin roasted for 15-20 minutes. At this point, remove from the oven, add the butter and stir it through the hot sprouts.  Return to the oven for another 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  The sprouts should be soft, with golden brown edges.