Stay warm during this very windy month of November with some delectable November dinner recipes from the geniuses at BBC Good Food, such as the Mushroom and Parsnip Rösti Pie and the Roasted Autumn Vegetables with Lancashire Cheese. Delicious!
olive or rapeseed oil
750g/1lb 10oz mixed mushrooms (preferably portobello, chestnut and wild mushrooms), roughly chopped into chunks
3 garlic cloves, sliced
small bunch thyme, leaves picked
2 red onions, sliced
2 carrots, finely chopped
250g/9oz swede, finely chopped
200ml/7fl oz white wine or vegetable stock
1 tbsp vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
small bunch fresh flatleaf parsley, roughly chopped
2-4 tbsp crème fraîche (optional)
3 small parsnips, grated
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Place a large ovenproof frying pan over a high heat and add a good glug of oil. Add enough mushrooms to cover the base of the pan, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until nicely brown and beginning to crisp at the edges. Transfer to a bowl and fry the remaining mushrooms in batches.
- Put the pan back on the heat and add another glug of oil. Add the garlic, thyme, onions, carrots and swede, season with a good pinch of salt and pepper and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes, until softened and starting to brown.
- Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.
- Add the mushrooms and the wine or stock, and simmer until almost all the liquid has evaporated. Add the Worcestershire sauce, mustards, parsley and crème fraîche, if using, and cook gently for a few more minutes, until you have a rich gravy. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
- Season the parnsips with salt and pepper and pile on top of the mushroom mixture, leaving a little gap around the edge. Drizzle generously with oil and bake for 40 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.
- Serve with some cheerful greens.
1 large butternut squash (about 600-700g/1lb 5oz – 1lb 9oz in weight)
1 medium red onion
6 tbsp olive oil
1 large sprig fresh sage
1 large courgette
1 tbsp balsamic or sherry vinegar
100g Lancashire cheese
- Preheat the oven to fan180C/conventional 200C/ gas 6. Using a sharp knife, cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Cut the halves into smaller pieces so you can peel them more easily. Chop the flesh into big bite-sized pieces – they don’t have to be neat.
- Halve the onion and trim the root end leaving a little on to hold the segments together. Peel and then cut each half into four wedges. Scatter the squash and onion in a large roasting tin so they have plenty of room to roast, drizzle over 5 tbsp of the oil and toss together. Strip the sage leaves from the stem and roughly chop – you should have about 2 tbsps. Scatter over the vegetables and season. Roast for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through.
- Meanwhile, slice the courgette thickly and toss with the remaining oil. Remove the roasting tin from the oven and push the partly cooked squash and onion to the side. Put the courgette slices flat on the base and season. Roast for a further 10 minutes, until all the vegetables are tender.
- Remove tin from the oven, sprinkle the vinegar over the vegetables and toss. Crumble over the Lancashire cheese. Toss lightly so the cheese melts a little and serve.
8 skinless chicken thighs, bone in
8 slices prosciutto or other dry-cured ham
2 tbsp olive oil
2 whole heads garlic
175ml dry white wine
400g can cannellini beans or other white beans, rinsed and drained
large bunch basil
- Season the chicken thighs all over with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pinch off 8 sprigs from the basil (about 3 leaves each per sprig) and lay one on top of each chicken thigh. Wrap each thigh in a piece of ham, with the ends tucked underneath.
- Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Heat the oil in a large roasting tin over two of the burners on the hob. Add the chicken and fry for about 4 mins or until the ham is just crisped and the chicken is lightly golden. Turn and repeat.
- Meanwhile, cut the garlic bulbs in half around the middle and halve the tomatoes if small, quarter them if they’re big. Pick the leaves from the rest of the basil. Once the chicken has browned on both sides, add all of the tomatoes, half of the basil and the wine. Season then cover with foil and leave to cook slowly in the oven for 40 mins.
- Take out of the oven and turn the heat up to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Remove the foil from the pan and stir the beans into the tomatoey juices. Return to the oven, uncovered, for 30 mins until the tomatoes, chicken and garlic are starting to crisp around the edges and the chicken is very tender. Just before serving, tear the remaining basil roughly then stir through or scatter over the pan.