I'm planning on inviting a colleague over to dinner with her boyfriend. She is a vegetarian so I could really do with some crowd pleasing veggie recipes. Ideally not involving lentils as they aren't my favourite things in the world...
That mushroom and stilton one sounds good. I wonder if you could substitute the stilton for something more edible?!
Jamie Oliver has a v nice stuffed butternut squash recipe, which is great served with some sort of spicy salsa or relish.
I must admit, I tend to do either a huge lasagne, or a big caramelised onion quiche, with roasted new potatoes and garlic and a nice salad. Otherwise I'd go Middle eastern and do a tajine, with cous cous, some salads, dips etc.
suspect you could substitute the stilton, but it works sooooooooooo well - it truely is a scummy pie, for very little effort! Search simon rimmer on bbc food - loads of good veggie stuff and easy to do.....
If it's casual, my favourite vegetarian pasta recipe is:
Roast cherry (or other small) tomatoes in a little olive oil (prick them all or cut in half, depending on size). Roast them for about 40 minutes in a medium hot oven.
Cook pesto according to instructions, then drain and add pesto and mix well. Add the tomatoes, chunks of avocado and feta/goats cheese.
Also, my favourite goats cheese tart recipe which I normally do as a starter:
Roll out puff pastry into appropriate sized squares/circles and score a line 1 cm from the edge. Smear a layer of red pesto within the scored area then top with soft goats cheese that has had a mixture of herbs added (I like chives and dill or parsley personally). Top with tomatoes (slices, chunks, whatever), drizzle with olive oil and cook in the oven at 180 for about 25 minutes until brown and puffed pastry is visible and the tomatoes look cooked. I like to top them with some fresh rocket before serving.