Lentil & chestnut muffins

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Ingredients

Makes 12 muffins

 

  • 1/4 bulb fennel, finely diced
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 1/4 medium red chilli, finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely diced
  • 2cm fresh ginger, peeled and finely diced
  • 50g Puy lentils
  • 50g Green/brown lentils
  • 80g chestnuts, roughly chopped
  • Water to cover
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable bouillon
  • 2 teaspoons psyllium husk
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • pinch of mixed spice
  • 1 large handful of flat leaf parsley or coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • A pinch of Maldon sea salt
  • A good grind of black pepper

 

You will need a medium sized saucepan, 1 x 12 muffin tray and 12 muffin cases.

Timings

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes

Lentil & chestnut muffins

A nutty nut loaf is always a delight at Christmas, but I find if you make a large nut loaf in a loaf tin then it can either not cook through, dry up, or leave you with excess leftovers. These little bad boys pack a flavour punch and the addition of the cheese makes them nice and creamy. Delicious with roast potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce and some pepped up Greek yoghurt. They are quite small so I’d anticipate needing 2-3 per person.

Method

Preheat the oven to 180/350/gas 4.

Place the rapeseed oil, diced fennel and celery in a medium saucepan. Sautee over a medium heat for 10 minutes, until the vegetables are translucent and soft.

Add the garlic, ginger, chilli and chestnuts and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Place the lentils in a sieve and rinse well under cold water. Add the rinsed lentils to the sautΓ©ed vegetables and stir.

Cover with water. Add a teaspoon of vegetable bouillon and brink the water to the boil.

Cook for 20 minutes or until the lentils are soft.

Drain well using a sieve and place into a bowl. Add the whisked egg, cream cheese, chopped herbs, psyllium husk and lemon juice and season well with Maldon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Place a muffin case in each of the muffin holes of the muffin tray. Put a large tablespoon of lentil filling in each until you have used up all of the mix.

Flatten down with the back of a spoon. Pop in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until the muffins are golden and frim to the touch.

Serve hot or cold.

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These handy muffins freeze well so you can use them for weeks afterwards. You can have fun with these and play use gorgeous Christmas themed muffin cases to add to the festivities.”Β 

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