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Stuffing as vegetarian sausage roll filling and what main?

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Tweet2tweet Tue 17-Dec-13 10:24:17

So I'm planning an easy as possible Christmas dinner. I have two under 5s and having ILs over.
I want to make vegetarian sausage rolls, mil doesn't trust meat ones! Do u think a good quality stuffing mix would work as a filling?

Also any tips for an easy but impressive vegetarian main? Happy to buy ready made if nice but not quiche. TIA grin

Livinginlimbo2 Tue 17-Dec-13 10:39:50

I don't think stuffing on it's own would work. Years ago I used to buy Sosmix for health food store. It's dried, you add water leave it so swell and use it like ordinary sausage meat. It tastes good to.

I have done this using Linda McCartney sausages both on their own with pastry around or as a stuffing mix with onion, sage & bread crumbs then rolled in pastry both have been delicious.

Livinginlimbo2 Tue 17-Dec-13 11:49:00

Yes the Linda McCartney sausages work as they are fatty and unctuous. If you are only catering for one or two veggies, personally I'd buy something like a nut roast as it goes well with the traditional Christmas Dinner accompaniments.

SparklyMonkeyMummy Tue 17-Dec-13 11:59:06

For a yummy veggie sausage roll I use a pack of stuffing mixed with white sauce and a pepper, leek and mushrooms softened in butter (drain the butter away), add some dried herbs and wholegrain mustard (optional) and wrap in puff pastry.

Everyone complements them, even meat eaters!

WilsonFrickett Tue 17-Dec-13 14:04:11

I used to make a veggie stuffing roll for the table - used it as the stuffing as well as the veggie course iyswim?

Was just a made up veggie stuffing.... finely chopped onions, mushrooms, sage, leeks etc, cooked until dry. Then add breadcrumbs and egg to bind.

Then get a big bit of puff pastry. Do a line of stuffing down the middle, cover with blanched and very well dried bits of savoy cabbage, add a layer of cream cheese then another of cabbage, then finish with stuffing. Bring the pastry over, egg wash and bake. Loverly.

MrsPnut Tue 17-Dec-13 14:06:25

I make delia's vegetarian sausage rolls, they're cheese, onion and breadcrumbs but absolutely delicious and always vanish quickly.

Main course, I'd make a mushroom wellington or nut roast.

mistlethrush Tue 17-Dec-13 14:08:31

Much better to get a nut roast mix or similar and use that as a stuffing for a pastry that non-veggies can have too. That way the vegetarians get some protein rather than just more carbs. We'll be doing something with chestnuts this year I think.

Tweet2tweet Tue 17-Dec-13 21:33:57

Thanks so much for all of your wonderful suggestions. Unfortunately I forgot to mention that one of the guests has a nut allergy so that rules out nut roast sad

mistlethrush Tue 17-Dec-13 21:42:24

I have a friend who is allergic to nuts - but she's find on seeds. So she can eat a nutloaf as long is it is made with sunflower seeds - and these go rather nicely crunchy when in a mushroom nut loaf type thing.

JollySantersSelectionBox Tue 17-Dec-13 21:44:10

I second Delia's cheese "sausage rolls" - they are yummy.

ravenAK Tue 17-Dec-13 21:46:27

I use chestnut & red wine risotto as a filling for a filo tart for the veggies - still quite carby but a bit more interesting than stuffing & fine with my nut allergy.

How about a casserole with tomatoes, red wine, carrots, celery, onions and chestnuts? It's a bit more festive and different. If you google you'll find plenty of veggie chestnut casserole recipes. You can also make it a few days in advance or in a slow cooker.

I usually use Granose Lincolnshire Sausage mix, it's nut free.

Lovelybitofsquirrel Tue 17-Dec-13 21:55:30

Good Food magazine normally has lots of suggestions for veggie dishes

exexpat Tue 17-Dec-13 22:02:09

I do a home-made take on vegetarian sausage rolls which always go down well with meat-eaters and vegetarians: they are actually mushroom, cheese and onion rolls.

Chop one small onion, brown it, then add a large pack of mushrooms, finely chopped, sauteed with some veggie stock powder and mixed herbs, then as it cools add a handful or so of grated cheese (preferably a 50:50 mix of cheddar and mozzarella) and a handful of breadcrumbs and mix well, before using it as the filling for some ready-made puff pastry.

I'm noting all these sausage roll recipes as it's something I can't buy where I am. Any trip back to the UK and the first thing I do is devour a packet of Quorn sausage rolls and a packet of Quorn scotch eggs. and then I start on the ginger biscuits and fig rolls smile

I have now totally outed myself to any friends or relatives on here.

exexpat Tue 17-Dec-13 22:11:31

Baroness - I invented my version while living in Japan, well outside the vegetarian convenience food zone. But actually I much prefer mine to Quorn anyway...

These are amazingly good. They're not 'pretending' to be meat but are delicious in their own right.

Also Glamorgan sausage rolls here or here are seriously good!

ouryve Tue 17-Dec-13 22:56:53

Try making a chestnut stuffing - very christmassy and should be sufficiently moist. Or you could mix caramelised onions, a good strong cheese and a little dried sage and a pinch of English mustard powder with some breadcrumbs and egg to bind into a sausagemeat texture and use that for the filling. Packet stuffing would be dry and crap, though. Basically a bread pie.

Exexpat could you get cheese easily in Japan or did you have to live on tofu and eggs? < nosey>

exexpat Tue 17-Dec-13 23:09:53

Yes, you can get cheese and milk everywhere in Japan - there are loads of dairy farms in Hokkaido, pizza is hugely popular, and Starbucks has taken over the cities with its milky coffees (and green-tea lattes).

Most home-produced supermarket cheese is very bland and processed, but as Japan is a very foodie place, you can also get all sorts of obscure French cheeses if you go to the right places and have the money...

But I'm not actually a particularly keen cheese-eater, so was very happy with the huge variety of tofu styles.

I really want to visit Japan. It seems so different from everywhere else, if that makes sense.

Tweet2tweet Wed 18-Dec-13 07:48:33

Thanks again everyone.

I'd love to visit Japan too, I've wanted to for years. I hope one day it will happen.

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