This recipe also needs up to 2 hours chilling time.
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
- A few small sprigs of watercress
- 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.
- 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.
- Once chilled, divide the mixture into 12 and roll into balls. The bonbons can be frozen at this point if you want to.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Remove the thyme and stir in the lemon juice. Blend into a smooth purée.
- Serve the bonbons with the cherry sauce on the side and garnish with a few sprigs of watercress.