There are a wide variety of meat free foods for vegetarians nowadays. These are generally a mushroom based product. Packed with flavor, they are a great way for vegetarians to east sausage, burgers, nuggets etc.
One recipe which is a real winter warmer and includes this type of product is Sausage and Cider Casserole
Serves 4 persons
8 vege-sausages, oven cooked 1 cauliflower 2 medium carrots 1lb small potatoes 1/2lb mushrooms 1 chopped onion 3 garlic cloves, crushed 2 fresh peppers 1/2 pint dry cider 2 tins chopped tomatoes 3 tbsp tomato puree 1 tsp dried sage 3 tbsp fresh parsley - chopped 3 tbsp sunflower oil
Preheat the oven at gas mark 6, 200-C, 400-F.
In a large pan, fry the onion with the oil and garlic until soft. Finely chop the peppers and add to the onions. Cook for 5 minutes.
Chop and boil the carrots, along with the potatoes.
Cut the cauliflower into small florets and blanch them lightly.
Add the sage, tomatoes, tomato puree and cider to the onion mix and stir in. Followed by the cooked carrots, potatoes and cauliflower.
Chop the sausages and add to the pan along with the parsley and gently stir in.
Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes.
A dish which can either be served as a winter warmer or simply as a tasty summer dish is Goulash. Packed with flavor and nourishment it is a favorite for vegetarians all over the globe. Being very simple and quick to prepare, it is an ideal dish to make when coming home after a hard days work. Simply prepare the dish, pop it in the oven and sit back and unwind with a glass of wine until it is ready for those tingling taste buds.
4 potatoes 1 green pepper 4 oz mushrooms 1 medium sized onion 1 large tin of tomatoes 1 tbs tomato puree 1 tbs paprika 1 desert spoon of red grape juice 1 tbs sunflower oil salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven at gas mark 6.
Finely chop the onion and fry in a little sunflower oil in a large casserole dish. Cook until soft. Crush the garlic and add to the pan.
Finely chop the tomatoes and add to the pan along with the tomato puree, paprika, tomato juice, grape juice, salt and pepper.
If the mushrooms are large then chop into bite sized pieces and add to the pan.
Chop the potatoes and add to the pan along with a little water, if it appears too thick.
Cover the casserole and cook in the oven for approximately one hour.
If you want to, you can use a glass of red wine rather than the grape juice.
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