This is a really special dish with a rich, almost meaty, flavour. It’s one of the recipes we couldn’t quite decide on – should we make it a pie, a crumble or a cobbler? So we asked you on Instagram and you voted by a slim margin for a cobbler topping. We’ve used blue cheese in ours but if you’re not a fan, a veggie Cheddar would be fine too.
First make the bourguignon. Heat the oil in a large flameproof
casserole dish and add the onions or shallots and the carrots. Fry
over a high heat, stirring regularly, until they are dappled with
dark brown patches. Sprinkle over the sugar and continue to cook
for another couple of minutes to help caramelise. Remove them
from the dish and set aside.
Add the butter to the casserole dish. When it starts to foam, add
the mushrooms and cook over a high heat until they have reduced
down. Put the onions and carrots back in the dish and season
generously with salt and pepper. Add the herbs, then pour in the
red wine. Bring to the boil and leave to bubble until the wine has
reduced by at least a third. Add the stock, mushroom ketchup and
mustard and stir until completely combined.
Bring back to the boil, then turn down to a simmer and cover
with a lid. Cook for half an hour, perhaps a little longer, until the
vegetables are completely tender. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan
Meanwhile, make the cobbler topping. Put the flour and baking
powder into a bowl and add half a teaspoon of salt. Add the
sage and the cheese, then mix in the egg and buttermilk to make
a fairly sticky dough. Form the dough into 12 small balls and
space out over the top of the bourguignon. Cover and simmer for
10 minutes, then transfer the dish to the oven, uncovered, for a
further 10–5 minutes until the cobbler topping has puffed up and
is lightly browned. Serve in shallow bowls with a garnish of finely
The Hairy Bikers' Veggie Feasts by Si King and Dave Myers. Published by Seven Dials on 29 October 2020, Hardback £22, eBook £12.99
For more vegetarian recipes from The Hairy Bikers try their recipe for vegetarian ramen, vegetarian enchiladas and red onion tarte tatin. Visit our hubs for vegetarian recipes and vegan recipes for more meat-free meal ideas.