How To Have A Memorable Meat-Free Christmas

How To Have A Memorable Meat-Free Christmas

If you're vegetarian, a vegan or just don't fancy turkey this year, new plant-based brand Dopsu has all the alternative festive food ideas you need. From party canapés to lunch on the day itself, here are four different recipes for a delicious, meat-free Christmas.

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The meat-free market has expanded hugely in recent years, and none more so than in the meat-replacement category. Designed for vegans, veggies and those who want to cut down on their meat intake – but still want to enjoy some of their favourite dishes – Dopsu creates plant-based versions of beef, chicken, pork, lamb, duck and beef burgers. Frozen for ease and freshness, its products can be marinated, seared, roasted and braised – just like meat – meaning home cooks can rustle up everything from no-beef stir-fries to no-chicken curries and no-lamb tagines.

Best of all? Its heathy, too. Like meat, it’s low in sugar and low in saturated fat – equivalent to lean chicken, it features much less saturated fat than other meats. It’s also high in protein and has nearly five times the amount of fibre as chicken. 

Inspired to give Dopsu a go? Here are four tasty, meat-free festive recipes to try…

 

Christmas Canapés...

Hoisin No-Duck Spring Rolls

Serves
16
Total Time
35 Minutes
Ingredients
1 tbsp of vegetable oil
280g of Dopsu No-Duck pieces, thawed
1 small red onion, chopped
1 carrot, coarsely grated
3cm of fresh root ginger, finely grated
1 clove garlic, crushed
3 tbsp of hoisin sauce
2 tbsp of sunflower oil
1 tsp of sesame oil
2 sheets of filo pastry
To serve:
Sweet chilli dipping sauce
Spring onions, coriander and lime wedges, to garnish
Method
Step 1
Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas Mark 6. Use your fingers to break up the larger chunks of Dopsu No-Duck into smaller bite sized pieces. Heat the oil and stir fry the No-Duck and onions together until soft and golden.
Step 2
Stir in the carrots, ginger and garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes until the carrot is soft. Remove from the heat.
Step 3
Stir in the hoisin sauce, mix well. Season to taste and leave to cool slightly.
Step 4
Mix the oils together in a bowl. Lay a sheet of filo pastry on the work surface and brush with the oils. With the long side facing you, cut the pastry in half horizontally, then cut each half into four, to make 8 rectangles.
Step 5
Heap a little of the duck mixture along one end of each piece, spreading it the width of the pastry. Tuck the two pastry edges over, then roll up to enclose the duck in a neat roll shape and place seam side down on a baking tray.
Step 6
Repeat with the remaining pastry and duck to make a further 15 spring rolls. Brush the pastry rolls with any remaining oil, then bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with sweet chilli dipping sauce, garnished with spring onion curls, lime wedges and coriander leaves.

Cooks tip: You can happily make these spring rolls ahead, ready to bake. Once assembled, place on the baking tray, cover and chill. They can be made unto 24 hours ahead of baking.

 

No-Pork Satay Lettuce Cups

Serves
14-16
Total Time
25 Minutes
Ingredients
1 tbsp of vegetable oil
280g of Dopsu No-Pork pieces, thawed
½ red pepper, deseeded and finely sliced
1 medium carrot, coarsely grated
3cm of fresh root ginger, finely grated
1 clove garlic, crushed
4 spring onions, chopped
Zest and juice of 1 lime
3 tbsp of ready-made vegan satay sauce
2 tbsp of fresh coriander, chopped
2 little gem lettuce hearts, trimmed
To serve
Coriander and lime wedges
Method
Step 1
Use your fingers to slightly break up the larger chunks of Dopsu No-Pork into small bite-sized pieces. Heat the oil, then stir fry the No-Pork until golden.
Step 2
Add the pepper, carrot, ginger, garlic and spring onions to the pan and stir fry for 2 minutes until everything is hot.
Step 3
Add the lime zest and juice and satay sauce with 2 tablespoons of water. Reduce the heat and cook over a low heat for a couple of minutes, stirring until everything is nicely coated in the sauce. Stir through the coriander then remove from the heat and leave to cool a little.
Step 4
Separate the lettuce leaves and arrange them in a single layer on a large serving platter. Spoon a little of the warm satay pork mixture into the centre of each ‘lettuce cup’. Garnish with lime wedges and serve warm.

Cooks tip: Get ahead by chopping the ingredients and arranging the lettuce leaves on the platter. Chill both, ready to quickly stir fry and assemble. For an added kick add a finely chopped red chilli to the stir fry with the ginger.

Christmas Main Dishes...

Spiced No-Beef & Walnut Filo Pie

Serves
4
Total Time
40 Minutes
Ingredients
2 tbsp of vegetable oil
280g of Dopsu No-Beef pieces, thawed
40g of walnut pieces
1 large onion, halved and sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tsp of ground coriander
1 tsp of ground cumin
½ tsp of ground coriander
Zest and juice of 1 orange
2 tbsp of plain flour
40g of dried cranberries
300ml of vegetable stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 sheets of filo pastry
2 tbsp of olive oil
Method
Step 1
Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas Mark 6. Have ready a rectangular pie tin or dish measuring about 1.2 litre capacity.
Step 2
Heat half the oil in a large wok or frying pan, add the No-Beef and walnuts and cook over a medium heat until they are beginning to turn golden. Transfer to a plate.
Step 3
Add the remaining oil and onions to the pan and fry for 4-5 minutes, stirring until soft and golden. Return the beef and walnuts to the pan, add the garlic, spices and orange zest and cook for 30 seconds or so.
Step 4
Stir in the flour and cook, stirring for a further 30 seconds or so, before adding the orange juice, cranberries and stock. Bring to the boil, stirring until a smooth sauce is formed. Season to taste
Step 5
Unroll the filo pastry, brush each sheet with olive oil, then cut into four. Scrunch up each piece with your fingers before laying it on top of the no-beef filling. Repeat until the all the pastry is used up and the filling is covered.
Step 6
Stand the pie dish on baking tray. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and golden on top. Serve with roast potatoes, brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce.

Cooks tip: You can make this pie the day before you need it if you like. Assemble its then cover and refrigerate. Remove from the oven to come to room temperature whilst the oven warms up then bake as above.

No-Chicken & Mushroom Stroganoff

Serves
4
Total Time
20 Minutes
Ingredients
2 tbsp of vegetable oil
280g of Dopsu No-Chicken pieces, thawed
1 onion, chopped
200g of chestnut mushrooms, sliced
1 clove of garlic, crushed
2 tsp of ground paprika
1 tsp of smoked ground paprika
2 tbsp of sherry
2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp of Dijon mustard
1 tbsp of tomato puree
150ml of vegetable stock
4 tbsp of creme fraiche
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tbsp of fresh parsley, chopped
To serve
Rice and tenderstem broccoli
Method
Step 1
Heat half the oil in a large wok or frying pan, add the No-Chicken pieces and cook over a medium heat until they are beginning to turn golden. Transfer to a plate.
Step 2
Add the remaining oil, onions and mushrooms to the pan and fry over a high heat for 5-6 minutes, stirring until soft and golden.
Step 3
Return the No-Chicken to the pan along with the garlic and spices, then cook, stirring for 30 seconds or so the spices release their flavours.
Step 4
Add the sherry, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, puree and stock, then bring to the boil, stirring until a smooth sauce forms. Cover the pan with a baking tray or lid and simmer for 5 minutes.
Step 5
Uncover add the creme fraiche and stir well until the sauce is smooth. season to taste. Serve spooned over rice sprinkled with parsley with tender stem broccoli.

Inspired? Visit Dopsu.com for further ideas and buy its protein-powered products at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Amazon Fresh.

 

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