The recent freezing weather called for some proper traditional warming grub. We are a family of veggies, bar the teenager, but that doesn’t stop us hankering after a good old hotpot. On this occasion I made it using quorn steak strips, but you could replace that with veggie burgers chopped into pieces or soya chunks, or whatever you fancy really! Flavoured with ale and topped with crisp potato slices, this was a perfect winter warmer.
- 500g of casserole veg chopped into chunky pieces - carrots, onions, leeks and swede - I cheated and used a prepared pack, but you can use whichever veg you like most!
- 300g bag of Quorn steak strips
- 1 kg potatoes
- 300m of ale
- 300 ml of vegetarian gravy
- 1 tsp marmite
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large pan add the casserole veg, the ale, marmite and the gravy.
- Bring to the boil and slow boil until the sauce has reduced and the vegetables have started to soften - approx 15 mins.
- Add the steak strips to the pan and allow to simmer for a further few minutes.
- At this point taste and season - a bitter ale may need a spoon of sugar, salt and pepper bring out the flavours.
- Meanwhile peel and slice the potatoes to ½ cm thickness and par boil for 7 minutes.
- Transfer the stew mix into an oven proof dish, then layer the par-cooked potatoes on top.
- Brush the top of the potatoes with oil or butter.
- Cover and put into an oven pre-heated to 180 degrees for around 1 hour, uncovering for the last half an hour so the potatoes go nicely brown.
- Serve with green veg.
Delicious. What is your favourite cold weather dish?
Love Miss Cisco XXX