This is what we had for lunch today – totally delicious and lovely textures. This makes a great feature of Jerusalem Artichokes, which are in season now. Not entirely plant-based proteins, because of the goat’s cheese….
Jerusalem Artichoke and Goat’s Cheese Gratin
for 2 people (but we couldn’t finish it!). 490 kcals, 12.6g protein per serving
- 450 grams peeled or scrubbed artichokes (keep under water to stop them going brown)
- 3 small leeks
- a grating of fresh nutmeg and black pepper
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 40g shelled walnut pieces
- 2 rounds of fresh young goat’s cheese (called Cabecou here)
- A couple of sprigs of fresh thyme
Heat oven to 200C.
Slice the artichokes into rounds, about 5mm (1/4″) thick. Cook in boiling lightly salted water for about 3 minutes, until slightly soft. Drain.
Toast the walnuts in a dry frying pan until slightly coloured, then chop finely.
Trim, wash and slice the leeks finely. Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the leeks and spices, stir fry for a minute or two, then add about 100ml of water. Put the lid on and lower the heat to minimum and cook for about 10 minutes until soft and luscious.
Put the leeks in the bottom of an ovenproof dish. If they have dried out, add a couple of tablespoons of water, then layer the artichokes on top. Sprinkle the nuts over and then crumble the goats cheese on top. Sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves.
Bake in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes, until the cheese is starting to brown.
Serve with a rocket and orange salad (half an orange), dressed with the squeezed orange juice and a few drops of aged balsamic vinegar.
We finished our meal with Vanilla Soya Custard with Banana.