This is Emma’s innovative twist on the standard vegetarian Christmas offering – the dreaded nut roast. With her roasted veg, crispy potatoes and redcurrant gravy, this tart is an absolute blinder.
50 g pistachios , chopped
50 g linseed
50 g sunflower seeds
100 g chestnut purée
50 g gluten-free vegetarian suet
1 tbsp maple syrup
gluten-free flour , for dusting
For the blue cheese topping:
400 g sweet potato , cut into cubes
20 g butter
250 g chestnut mushrooms , sliced
cracked black pepper
100 g crème fraîche
a good pinch of nutmeg
75 g vegetarian blue cheese
1 tsp linseed
1 tsp chopped pistachios
1 tsp sunflower seeds
is an absolute blinder.
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. For the nut roast crust, spread out the nuts and seeds on a baking tray and toast in the oven for 5–6 minutes. Transfer to a food processor, along with the chestnut purée, suet and maple syrup, and blitz until the mixture comes together into a ball. It will be very sticky to begin with, so stop and scrape the sides as you go.
2. Place a large sheet of baking parchment on a work surface and sit the dough on it. Then, with lots of gluten-free flour on your hands and rolling pin, roll out the dough as thinly as possible (less than 5mm).
3. If you’re making individual tartlets, oil and flour four 10cm loose-bottomed tart tins, then cut out the pastry to size. Or roll out the dough and cut to the size of a large baking tin, then transfer to the tin using a fish slice. Prick the dough all over with a fork, cover with baking parchment, fill with baking beans or rice and bake blind for 12–15 minutes. Leave to cool completely in the baking tray, as it will be quite delicate straight from the oven. Keep the oven on.
4. For the topping, pop the sweet potato on a baking tray, toss with a little oil, then bake for 25 minutes, or until soft. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat, add the mushrooms and 1 tsp cracked black pepper, and sauté for 6–8 minutes, until the mushrooms brown.
5. Blitz the roasted sweet potato in a food processor with the crème fraîche, nutmeg and ½ tbsp cracked black pepper (or to taste) to a smooth, creamy consistency.
6. To assemble your tart, crumble the blue cheese over the base, arrange the sautéed mushrooms on top, then finish with the sweet potato mix. Sprinkle with linseed, pistachios and sunflower seeds and add a drizzle of rapeseed oil, then pop back in the oven for 6–7 minutes until it just starts to brown. Serve hot with the accompanying vegetables.