Jamie’s Meat-Free Meals episode 6: Kick-Ass Chilli, Pasties and Siced Parsnip Soup.
Jamie knocks out a kick-ass chilli, a spiced parsnip soup, and meat-free pasties to make the mouth water from the Middle East.
Jamie’s Meat-Free Meals episode 6 recipes:
Amazing veggie chilli
- Preheat a griddle pan to high. Peel the onions, scrub the sweet potatoes and deseed the peppers. Cut off a small chunk of each and put aside with one tomato (this is for the salsa later). Roughly chop the rest of the veg into 4cm chunks and halve the remaining tomatoes, then char grill, working in batches.
- Drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil into a large casserole pan over a medium-low heat and stir in the cumin and paprika. Peel, roughly chop and add the garlic, finely grate in the lemon zest, and add the grilled veg bit by bit as they’re ready, stirring regularly. Tip in the beans (juices and all), and 1½ tins’ worth of water, then add around 1 tablespoon of chilli sauce (or to your liking). Season with sea salt and black pepper and simmer for 30 minutes, or until thickened and reduced. Meanwhile, cook the rice in a pan of boiling salted water according to the packet instructions. Pick 2 sprigs of mint leaves and very finely chop with the salsa veg, then toss with the lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Warm the tortillas on the griddle and ripple a good few shakes of chilli sauce through the yogurt. Serve the chilli with the black rice, salsa, yogurt and tortillas, and pick over the mint leaves. Enjoy!
Spiced parsnip soup
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Put 2 parsnips aside for later. Peel the onion, roughly chop with the remaining parsnips (keep the skins on) and peel and finely grate the garlic and ginger. Place the parsnips and onions in a large pan over a medium heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, then cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until dark golden, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and ginger, then scatter over the cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon of garam masala and the lentils and cook for a further 5 minutes. Roughly snap in the uncooked poppadoms, then add the stock and simmer for 20 minutes, loosening with a splash of water, if needed.
- Meanwhile, speed-peel the reserved parsnips into ribbons until you reach the woody core (discard this bit), blanch for 30 seconds in fast boiling water, then drain and pat dry. Season with sea salt, then spread out in a single layer over a couple of oiled baking trays. Roast for 15 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Season the soup to perfection, ripple through the yogurt and divide between warm bowls. Pick over the coriander leaves, sprinkle with a little garam masala, and top with the parsnip crisps. Feel free to drizzle with chilli oil for a warm glow.
My veggie pasties
- Tear the mushrooms into a bowl, scatter over 15g of sea salt (most of this will drain away later) and scrunch together, then leave for 30 minutes, scrunching occasionally. Tip the flour into a bowl with a pinch of salt, then chop and rub in the butter. Make a well in the middle, slowly pour in 200ml of cold water, then mix, pat and bring it together. Wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
- After 30 minutes the mushrooms should feel quite soggy, so squeeze firmly to remove as much salty liquid as you can (the mushrooms should end up weighing around 400g). Peel the swede, potatoes and onion and slice into small pieces, roughly the same size and thickness as a pound coin. Mix the veg with the mushrooms, then add the rosemary and a few generous pinches of black pepper.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Divide the pastry into 8, then roll out into 20cm rounds on a clean flour-dusted surface. Divide up the filling, then scrunch and pile it to one side of the middle, leaving a 2.5cm gap around the edges. Lightly brush the exposed pastry with beaten egg, fold over and press the edges down, then twist and crimp with your fingers and thumbs to seal. Egg wash, then place on a lined baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, or until golden.