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Quorn may not be vegan, but I never said I was puritanical about being vegan. Cheese certainly isn't--I do try, but sometimes I just need the cheese! My meat eating husband loved this last night. I just chucked in some extra veg
- 350 g quorn mince (1 frozen bag)
- 2 medium diced onions
- 2 celery ribs
- 1 large leek, sliced
- 3 medium diced carrots
- 3 minced garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 vegetable bouillon cubes
- 1 tablespoon vegetables, gravy granules
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lb potato (peeled and cut into chunks)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 4 ounces Mature cheddar cheese (grated)
- 3 cups water
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons margarine
- 3 tablespoons milk
- Preheat your oven to gas mark 6.
- In a large saucepan birng some water to the boil and the salt and the potatoes simmer until tender about 15-20 minute.
- Whilst you potatoes are cooking, heat the olive oil in a pan and gently fry the onions carrots celery and leeks together for about 5 minutes on a medium heat. Transfer into a large casserole dish. (The reason why I have separated out step 1 and 2 is because my frying pan isn't very big, so I do 2 batches of frying; however if you have a big enough pan you can combine these two steps).
- Next fry the quorn mince with the garlic herbs and one of the 0.5 teaspoon of the nutmeg, after about 2 min add one cup of the water and the stock cubes fry gently for about 5 minutes, transfer to the large casserole dish.
- Add to the casserole dish the 2 remaining cups of water, gravy granules and tomato paste; give a good stir and put dish in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Mash your potatoes with the milk and margarine, adding the remaining nutmeg until smooth and creamy. Spread the mash over the quorn mixture. Make lines with a fork if you wish and sprinkle over the cheese. Put back in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Take out and eat--yum yum.
Quite good! For traditional recipes like this one, quorn works much better than the soy crumbles. I am a vegetarian who doesn't insist on something to resemble the texture of meat---but my husband (NOT a vegetarian, by any means!) does enjoy the illusion that he's having a Manly Meat Meal---and he says that in dishes like these, he can't tell the difference! I do wish more people would give this tasty product a try.