Vegetables with a Quinoa and Cheese Crust

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This dish uses carbohydrate-rich root vegetables bathed in cream and Parmesan cheese, and contains a mouthwatering range of soft and crunchy textures and sweet and savoury flavours. Inspired by French dauphinois potatoes, it makes a great one-dish vegetarian main meal, and is also a pleasant change to potatoes for accompanying meat or fish.

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 15 ml/1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 225 g/8 oz celeriac, peeled and diced into 1 cm/½ in cubes
  • 225 g/8 oz sweet potato, peeled and diced into 1 cm/½ in cubes
  • 225 g/8 oz parsnip, peeled and diced into 1 cm/½ in cubes
  • 225 g/8 oz fresh beetroot (beet), peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 175 ml/6 fl oz/¾ cup milk
  • 5 ml/1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 175 ml/6 fl oz/¾ cup double (heavy) cream
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • rocket (arugula) salad with a mustard dressing, to serve

For the quinoa and cheese crust

  • 175 g/6 oz/1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 75 ml/5 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 5 ml/1 tsp mixed dried herbs
  • ground black pepper

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. In a large pan, soften the onion and garlic in the vegetable oil over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add the celeriac, sweet potato and parsnip and fry on medium heat for a further 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the milk to the pan, together with the nutmeg and seasoning, stir and then bring the milk to the boil. Cover, lower the heat and simmer for 7–8 minutes, until the vegetables are beginning to soften.
  3. Stir the cream into the vegetables, then transfer to a shallow ovenproof dish and spread out evenly. Arrange the beetroot slices in a layer on top.
  4. Make the quinoa and cheese crust by mixing together the ingredients in a bowl, with a good grinding of black pepper. Spread this evenly over the top of the beetroot layer.
  5. Cover the dish with foil and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the vegetables are soft. Remove the foil and bake for a further 15 minutes to allow the crust to become crisp and golden.
  6. Serve with a peppery rocket salad with a mustard dressing to contrast with the rich, creamy bake.

Variation

Use grated blue cheese such as Stilton for the crust instead of Parmesan.

Nutritional Information: Gluten free Energy 550kcal/2289kJ; Protein 16g; Carbohydrate 40g, of which sugars 17g; Fat 38g, of which saturates 21g; Cholesterol 85mg; Calcium 408mg; Fibre 9g; Sodium 352mg.