Root vegetable tatin with candied nuts & blue cheese
This Christmas showstopper is perfect for a vegetarian family. It also makes a great centrepiece for a Boxing Day buffet.
SERVES 6 PREP 25 mins COOK 50-55 mins EASY V 500g block puff pastry
3 slim carrots, about 12-13 cm long, halved lengthways
3 slim parsnips about 12-13 cm long, halved lengthways plus 1 large parsnip, peeled and grated
2 tbsp olive oil
2 heaped tbsp slightly salted butter 5 banana shallots, 3 halved lengthways, 2 thinly sliced small bunch sage, leaves picked and finely chopped
4 rosemary sprigs, leaves picked and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely grated or crushed
100g caster sugar
125ml red wine vinegar
100g blue cheese, crumbled (we used Cropwell Bishop) For the candied nuts
50g walnuts, roughly chopped 25g caster sugar
2 tsp butter
3 rosemary sprigs 1 Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Roll out the pastry to just larger than a 30cm diameter ovenproof frying pan and use the pan as a template to cut out a round of pastry. Leave in the fridge, or a cool place while you prepare everything else.
2 Bring a pan of water to the boil, add the carrots and parsnips and cook for 5 mins. Drain and set aside to dry off slightly. Heat the oil and 1 tbsp of the butter in your pan and cook the sliced shallots and grated parsnips for 1-2 mins over a medium-high heat until just starting to brown, then add a good splash of water to the pan, stir to scrape up any brown bits, turn the heat down slightly, cover and cook for 4-5 mins, stirring every so often. The parsnips should be tender. Add the herbs and garlic and cook for another minute, then tip into a bowl, scraping out as well as you can. Season a little and set aside.
3 Add the sugar and vinegar to the pan and bring to the boil. Cook for a few minutes until syrupy, then stir in the remaining butter. Set aside to cool slightly, then arrange the vegetables in the pan, fanning them out. Top with the herby shallot and parsnip mixture, pushing it into any spaces there may be. Lay the pastry over the top of the vegetables and push in the edges a little. Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 mins until puffed and deep golden brown. 4 While the tart bakes, put the nuts, sugar and butter in a small frying pan with a pinch of salt. Cook over a medium-high heat for about 5 mins, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved and coated the nuts. Add the rosemary for the last minute. Tip out onto a piece of baking parchment and leave to cool for a few minutes.
5 Once the tart is baked, remove from the oven and carefully turn out onto a serving board. Scrape out any bits that are left in the tin and add back to the tart. Bash the nuts to break them up and scatter over, along with the crumbled cheese.
GOOD TO KNOW calcium • fibre • 1 of 5-a-day PER SERVING 700 kcals • fat 44g • saturates 19g • carbs 60g • sugars 29g • fibre 8g • protein 11g • salt 1.4g