The Barsotto (barley risotto)

 

Barsotto with Crispy mince soya and griddled spring onion

Barsotto with Crispy mince soya and griddled spring onion

For 6 people

Ingredients:

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 500g barley (55p)
  • 200ml Alpro single cream (£1.00)
  • 6 spring onions (45p)
  • 125g butter (soya butter)
  • 5 small green chillies (10p)
  • White ground pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 100gr white onion
  • Fresh thyme
  • 2 stock cubes

For the topping:

Trimmed spring onions

Trimmed spring onions

  • 50g soya mince (25p)
  • Black pepper & salt
  • Vegetable oil

Cost: 1 bag of mince soy meat costs £1.49/300g and lasts a long time as it is dry. Cost for this dish £2.35 or 40p per person.

Method:

Start by rehydrating the mince and make 1L of stock in the process.

Place the mince in a bowl with the two stock cubes. Pour on it one litre of boiling water and leave to hydrate for 10-15 minutes.

What this will do is allow the mincemeat to absorb a bit of flavour while hydrating and also, the stock will have as after taste of mince.

After rehydrating, sieve to separate the mince from the stock. Make sure to squeeze water out of the soya as it is a bit like a sponge and does absorb a lot of liquid. Set the stock aside and set the mince aside for later use.

Now in a pan with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil fry the now rehydrated mince with black pepper from the grinder and salt. Fry until the mince become completely dry and brown. It will go through stages. The mince will first absorb the oil in the pan, don’t worry keep stirring. Then it will completely dry out then, start rendering back the oil it absorbed earlier. By the time oil starts to be visible again in the pan, the mince should be browning. The whole process will take about 10 minutes. Do not leave the pan unattended. You must continually stir. Once he mince is brown, remove from the pan and set aside for serving later. Do not cover completely as it may lose its crispiness.

Now onto the Barsotto.

Starting on the Barsotto

Starting on the Barsotto

In a pan, heat about 110g soya butter with chopped onion, garlic, chilli and the thyme at the same time. Vegan butter has more water content than the regular butter so, place the butter onion and thyme together in the pan for 3 minutes until the water from the butter has evaporated and the onion starts browning.

Now add the barley without rinsing it as we need all the starch to make the Barsotto creamier. So, add the barley, white pepper, stir and add the stock. Stir and place the lid on the pot. Leave to cook for 20 minutes. Check the pan every 5 minutes and stir to avoid the barley sticking to the bottom. If you have ran out of stock add water. And each time you add water, stir the content of the pan well to distribute the moisture.

After you have cooked it for 20 minutes, add 200ml cream stir will and cover for 5 minutes. Meanwhile wash the spring onions, cut the green ends and chop roughly. Add the chopped herbs in to the Barsotto, stir, cover and remove the pan from the heat. This is ready.

Now, griddle the spring onions stalks.

As they are already washed and trimmed, rub them generously with butter. Dust with black pepper from the grinder and salt on all sides.

Heat the griddle pan, make it really hot and line the spring onions on it. If it is hot enough, it should be smoking. The smokiness will add to the taste. Allow to cook 2 minutes and half on each side.

Heat the griddle pan. It should be very hot. Once it is very hot, carefully line all the spring onions on it.

If necessary, press them down to make use of the heat.

Griddled and ready

Griddled and ready

Only griddle the spring onions if you are about to serve as they do not taste good reheated.

Serve the dish as suggested topped with the crispy soya mince and enjoy!

Don’t forget to warn you guests about the whole green chillies. 🙂

Until next time!

 

Barsotto with Crispy mince soya & griddled spring onion

Barsotto with Crispy mince soya & griddled spring onion

See the starter and dessert for this vegan menu by clicking on the links.

H’s vegan brownie with peach & Banana Ice cream

Yum…

Brownies for 6

Ingredients:

Ingredients list 1

Ingredients list 1

  • 50g baking cocoa powder – 0.50p
  • 175g soya butter – 0.56p
  • 75g sugar
  • 50g golden syrup – 0.15p
  • 30g basic oat – toasted
  • 30g self-rising flour
  • Salt
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons soya milk
  • 10g butter for the baking tin & baking paper
  • 20cm x 20cm baking tin

    Ingredients list 2

    Ingredients list 2

  • 30cm x baking paper

Cost: The cocoa cost £1.79/250g in LIDL. The soya butter costs £1.60 for 500g in any large supermarket, but often on offer at £1.00 in Sainsbury’s. The golden syrup costs £1.18/450g. If you are in a meat and dairy free household you should have most of the items listed. If not, note that they can ALL be found in all regular supermarkets. If you are not vegan, this recipe is worth a try… few people got fooled. Total cost £1.21 or £0.20 per person.

 

Method:

Heat the oven at 160°C.

Place the oats in the oven to toast until brown.

Butter & coco powder

Butter & coco powder

Prepare the baking tin by spreading the butter on the tin, then cover the inside of the tin with baking paper. Make sure to tuck the paper in every corner and sides of the tin then, spread more butter on the paper.

The butter spreaded in the bottom of the tin will allow the baking paper to seat perfectly in the tin and the butter spreaded on the paper will prevent the cake from sticking on the paper.

Brownie mix 1

Brownie mix 1

In a bowl, mix: sugar, milk, salt, golden syrup, stir to combine well and set aside.

Place 175g of butter in a heatproof bowl and melt in the microwave for 1 minute and half.

Pour the butter in a mixing bowl and sieve in the cocoa powder.

With a spatula, stir the mix until the chocolate and butter look like a well combined sleek cream as would a melted chocolate tablet.

To the now creamy chocolate mix, add the sugar, milk and golden syrup mix made earlier. Stir with the spatula to obtain once again a uniform mix.

Brownie mix 2

Brownie mix 2

Now, sieve in the flour and add the vinegar. Combine again to incorporate the flour. Once you are confident that there is no lumps of flour in the batter, add the toasted oats, stir and pour the mix in the baking tin prepared earlier with the baking paper.

Place the tin in the middle of the oven and bake for 15 minutes at 160°C.

Cooling brownie

Cooling brownie

To test that the brownie is ready after 15 minutes. Stick a knife in the middle of the cake. It should come out dry but still slightly moist. That it perfect.

If it is still wet, allow another 2-3 minutes in the oven.

Once the brownie is ready, take it out of the oven and leave on the side to cool down before serving.

Enjoy warm or cold with Ice cream or Alpro single cream.

H's Vegan Brownies

H’s Vegan Brownies

I served mine below with a Banana and peach Ice cream.

Vegan Brownie & Banana Ice cream

Vegan Brownie & Banana Ice cream

 

There you have it… A dairy free dessert.

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