Veggie crumble pie
If you're trying to get more veggies in your kids then this is the way to do it - one serving counts as three of your five a day and contains over a third of your RDA of vitamin C, calcium and folic acid
- Preparation: 15 mins
- Cooking: 30 mins
- Serves: 4 as a main course or 6 as a side dish
- Price per portion: 73p (to serve 4)
- Per serving: 669 calories, 32.1g fat, 18g saturates, 1.5g salt
What you need:
- 1.2ltrl/2pts vegetable stock
- 450g/1lb carrots, peeled and sliced
- 225g/8oz parsnips, peeled, halved and sliced
- 350g/12oz small new potatoes, halved
- 2 leeks, cleaned and sliced
- 150g/5oz frozen peas
- 60ml/4tbsp cornflour
- 60ml4tbsp creme fraiche
- 30ml/2tbsp chopped fresh or 10ml/2tsp dried tarragon
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the topping:
- 175g/6oz plain flour
- 75g/3oz butter
- 15ml/1tbsp English mustard
- 75g/3oz cheddar cheese, grated
What you do:
- Preheat the oven to 200C/Fan 180C/Gas Mark 6. Place the stock in a large pan and bring to the boil, add the carrots, parsnips and new potatoes, cover, return to the boil and simmer for 15mins or until they are tender. Stir in the leeks and peas, return the stock to the boil then remove from the heat.
- Drain the stock and reserve. Place the vegetables in an ovenproof dish. Discard 300ml/1/2pt of the stock, return the rest to the pan. Mix the cornflour to a smooth paste with a little cold water and stir into the stock with the creme fraiche and tarragon.
- Bring the mixture to the boil, stirring until you have a smooth creamy sauce. Simmer for 1 min. Pour the sauce over the vegetables and season well.
- Place all the topping ingredients in a food processor with a good pinch of salt and ground black pepper; whizz together until they resemble fine breadcrumbs. (if you haven’t got a food processor then rub the butter into the flour, then stir in the mustard and cheese and rub together again until you have a crumbly mixture).
- Scatter the mixture over the top of the vegetables then bake for 20 mins or until the top is golden brown. Serve as a vegetarian main course or vegetable side dish.
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