Recipe

Vegan roast

This clever roast is a vegan take on the turducken.

  • 3 hrs cooking (plus standing)
  • Serves 8
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Recipe from The Australian Women's Weekly The Joy of Christmas, RRP $49.99, available where all good books are sold and at www.bauerbooks.com.au.

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup (70g) white quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 extra-large zucchini (350g) extra-large zucchini (350g), halved lengthways
  • 1 small leek (200g), white part only
  • 1.9 kg whole butternut pumpkin, halved lengthways
  • 1 small onion (80g), chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 teaspoons ground linseed
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • ¼ cup (35g) dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup (35g) hazelnut meal

Method

  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C 
fan-forced).
  • 2
    Bring ⅔ cup (160ml) water to the boil in a small saucepan, add quinoa. Reduce heat; cook, covered, for 
15 minutes or until tender. Cool.
  • 3
    Scoop flesh from zucchini using a strong spoon, leaving a 5mm border. Reserve zucchini flesh. Trim leek, if needed, to fit inside zucchini.
  • 4
    Scoop seeds from pumpkin; discard. Scoop flesh from pumpkin, making a cavity large enough to fit zucchini. Reserve pumpkin flesh. Trim the zucchini, if needed, to fit inside pumpkin. Prick the insides of zucchini and pumpkin with a fork. Process reserved zucchini and pumpkin flesh with onion and garlic until chopped finely.
  • 5
    Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in 
a large frying pan over medium heat. Add processed vegetables, thyme 
and quinoa; season. Cook, stirring, 
for 5 minutes or until tender. Cool.
  • 6
    Meanwhile, to make stuffing, combine ground linseed and the hot water in a medium bowl; stand for 10 minutes. Combine linseed mixture with quinoa mixture, cranberries and hazelnut meal.
  • 7
    Press some of the stuffing into zucchini cavities. Press leek into one half of the zucchini; cover with the other 
half. Press remaining stuffing into pumpkin cavities. Place stuffed zucchini in one pumpkin half; cover with the other half. Secure pumpkin together with kitchen string. Brush with remaining oil; season. Wrap in foil; place in a roasting pan.
  • 8
    Roast for 1½ hours. Uncover and 
roast for a further 30 minutes or until outside is browned and vegetables 
are tender. Cover loosely with foil; 
stand for 30 minutes. Serve.

Notes

Serve with roast potatoes and vegan gravy.Shop for the leek, zucchini and pumpkin at the same time, so you 
can check that they will fit inside each other.

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