Red lentil & mushroom lasagne

For the sauce

Make a traditional beef ragu or Bolognese sauce using your favourite recipe but substitute red lentils for minced beef  – be careful not to over cook the lentils!

For the mushroom layer

Pan-fry sliced mushrooms in olive oil
When they have released & reabsorbed their water add some finely chopped garlic & chives to the pan
Fry for a couple of minutes on a medium heat
Season with salt & pepper

For the lasagne

Spoon 1/3 of the lentil sauce into a oven-proof dish
Cover with lasagne sheets
Make a béchamel/white sauce and drizzle 1/4 of the sauce over the lasagne sheets
Sprinkle over some grated mature cheddar
Add another layer of lasagne sheets
Spread the cooked mushroom & chive mixture over the lasagne
Drizzle over another 1/4 of the béchamel/white sauce and some more grated mature cheddar
Repeat until you have used up your ingredients and finish with the remaining white sauce and more grated Cheddar

Cook for about 40 minutes at 200C/400F/Gas 6 or until the pasta is soft, the cheese is golden and the sauce bubbling!

This dish freezes well both cooked and uncooked.

Variation

Use kidney beans instead of lentils & add some chilli and ground cumin to the ‘ragu’
Add a little chopped fresh coriander to the mushroom mix
Use flour tortillas cut to size instead of lasagne sheets
Use a combination of mature Cheddar and grated mozzarella

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Roast duck pie with mushrooms & sage forcemeat balls

duck pie

duck pie

duck pieFor the filling:

Fry diced bacon until crisp – drain and reserve

Season the duck legs and fry until both sides are golden

Transfer to oven and cook through

Drain off excess fat

Heat a large, flameproof casserole over a high heat, lower the heat slightly, add the bacon and oil and fry until crisp and lightly golden. Lift onto a plate with a slotted spoon. Season the duck legs with salt and pepper, add to the casserole and fry all over, until golden brown. Set aside with the bacon. 3. Pour away all but 1 tablespoon of the duck fat from the casserole, add the shallots and fry until they begin to take on a little bit of colour. Sprinkle them with the sugar and continue to cook until nicely golden on all sides. Add the carrots and fry for 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic and fry briefly. Pour in the red wine, beef stock and redcurrant jelly, and bring to the boil. 4. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. Stir the bacon into the casserole, rest the duck legs on top, cover and roast for 11/4 hours, until the duck is very tender. 5. Lift the duck legs out of the casserole and set aside until cool enough to handle. Meanwhile, skim off the excess fat from the top of the sauce, place the casserole over a medium heat and bring to a simmer. Mix the soft butter and flour until smooth, then stir into the sauce. Simmer for 2-3 minutes until thickened, then stir in the peas, chopped mint and seasoning to taste. Remove from the heat. 6. Discard the skin from each of the duck legs and cut them in half at the joint. Take the meat off the thighs, (discarding the bones), break into small pieces and stir into the sauce. Stand the duck drumsticks upright in 4 x 350ml deep ovenproof pie dishes (ours were 11cm wide and 6cm deep). Spoon the sauce around each leg. Wrap the top of the legs in foil so they don’t burn in the oven. 7. Unwrap the pastry and divide into 4. Roll each piece out on a lightly floured surface to make a 15cm disc, and cut a cross in the centre of each. Beat the yolk with 1 teaspoon cold water, then brush it onto the underside edges of each disc. Position the discs over the pie dishes so that the duck drumsticks poke through the holes. Press the edges firmly onto the rims and sides of the dishes. Chill for 20 minutes. 8. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6. Put the pies onto a baking tray, brush the pastry with the remaining egg/water mix. Bake for 25 minutes until the pastry is crisp and golden. Return bacon to the pan

Add chopped mushrooms

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Fry mushrooms until golden

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAdd red wine + chicken stock + bay leaves

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For the pastry:

Sift the flour & add diced butter

Rub the fat in to the flour until it looks like fine breadcrumbs

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Add chopped parsley & mix

Add cold water & mix until the dough is smooth & firm

5

Form a ball and wrap in cling film

Chill for 30 minutes

For the forcemeat balls:

Mix together white breadcrumbs + chopped sage & parsley + finely sliced spring onions
+ grated lemon zest + chopped streaky bacon + sausage meat + salt & pepper + beaten egg

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Roll into balls and chill

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Add flour and redcurrant jelly to the wine & mushroom pan to create a rich, well seasoned sauce

Allow to cool

16Remove the duck meat from the legs

Add the meat to the red wine sauce & pour into pie dish

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Arrange the the forcemeat balls over the sauce so that they will support the pastry lid

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Roll out the parsley pastry

Roll out the pastry until it’s about 2.5 cm larger than the top of the pie dish

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Cut off thin strip of pastry from around the edge & brush with beaten egg

Press the pastry strip onto the rim of the dish and brush with more egg

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Top with the pastry lid & press the edges together to sea

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Press edge of fork around the rim

Decorate with pastry ‘leaves’ from the trimmings & make a steam hole in the lid

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Brush the lid with more beaten egg & chill for 30 minutes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABake at 200C for 25-30 minutes until the pastry is crisp and golden

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Gluten-free Cheddar, mushroom and chive tartlets

Gluten free mushroom and chive tarts 2

Greek inspired ‘spanakopita’ mushrooms

Life’s not too short to stuff these! Greek inspired ‘spanakopita’ mushrooms

spanakopita stuffed mushrooms

Spinach + feta + spring onions + dill

spanakopita stuffed mushrooms

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