A LITTLE EFFORT
Syns per serving 5
Ready in 1 hour, plus cooling
30g dried porcini mushrooms
60g mixed dried basmati and wild rice
Low-calorie cooking spray
1 onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 large leek, thinly sliced
3 portobello mushrooms, roughly chopped
200g chestnut mushrooms, halved
200g baby button mushrooms
200g mixed mushrooms
1 vegetable stock pot
10g fresh tarragon, leaves chopped
10g fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves chopped
1 large egg, beaten
80g ready-rolled shortcrust pastry
2 tsp nigella (or black onion) seeds
1 celeriac, peeled, chopped, boiled and mashed, to serve
1 Put the porcini mushrooms in a small, heatproof bowl and add 250ml boiling water. Cover and leave to soak for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the rice according to the pack instructions, then drain and set aside.
2 Spray a non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Fry the onion for 5 minutes. Drain the porcini mushrooms through a fine sieve, reserving the liquid. Roughly chop, then add to the pan with the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the leek and fresh mushrooms, and stir-fry over a medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes. Stir in the porcini liquid and stock pot, and cook for 5-6 minutes. Add the rice, season, then remove from the heat and leave until cool.
3 Preheat your oven to 220°C/fan 200°C/gas 7. Stir the herbs into the mushroom mixture, then divide between 4 small pie dishes. Brush the rims with a little beaten egg.
4 Roll the pastry out a little thinner and cut into long, 5mm-wide strips. Lay the strips over the dishes to create a lattice, pressing down on the edges. Brush the strips with egg and top with the nigella seeds. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve 1 pie per person with the celeriac mash.
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