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Kale, Chestnut and Mushroom Bonbons with Cherry Sauce

Prep time 15 mins, cook time 20 mins

Serves 4

Nut-Free, Suitable for Freezing

Kale, Chestnut and Mushroom Bonbons with Cherry Sauce

Preparation Notes

This recipe also needs up to 2 hours chilling time.


Ingredients

For the bonbons

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 shallots roughly chopped
  • 150g kale roughly chopped
  • 225g cooked chestnuts roughly chopped
  • 225g chestnut mushrooms roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 free-range egg beaten (*for a vegan version substitute 1 tbsp gram flour mixed with 3 tbsp water)

For the coating

  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 100g plain white flour
  • 2 free-range eggs beaten (*for a vegan version substitute 2 tbsp gram flour mixed with 6 tbsp water)

For deep-frying the bonbons

  • 1000ml vegetable oil

For the cherry sauce

  • 20 fresh cherries pitted and chopped
  • 20g caster sugar
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 lemon juiced

To Garnish

  • A few small sprigs of watercress

Method

  1. To make the bonbons: Fry the shallots in oil over a medium heat for a few minutes until soft. Add the kale, chestnuts and mushrooms to the pan. Season then cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat, cool slightly then place in a food processor with the egg (or vegan substitute). Pulse to bring together, leaving a little texture. Place in the fridge to chill for up to 2 hours.
  3. Once chilled, divide the mixture into 12 and roll into balls. The bonbons can be frozen at this point if you want to.
  4. Place the breadcrumbs, plain white flour and egg (or vegan substitute) into 3 separate bowls. Coat each of the bonbons in flour, then the beaten egg followed by the breadcrumbs.
  5. Heat the oil in a large, wide, sturdy pan (no more than half full) to 180°C. Fry the bonbons until the outside is golden. You may need to do this in batches. Once cooked, drain the bonbons on kitchen towel.
  6. To make the cherry sauce: Place the cherries in a pan with the sugar and thyme then bring to a simmer. Cook until the cherries have broken down and a syrup has formed.
  7. Remove the thyme and stir in the lemon juice. Blend into a smooth purée.
  8. Serve the bonbons with the cherry sauce on the side and garnish with a few sprigs of watercress.

Nutrition per serving

419 kcal

Calories

13g

Protein

17g

Fat

2.2g

Saturates

50g

Carbs

11g

Sugar

4.5g

Fibre

0.5g

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