The trees are beginning to look bare and the mornings are crisp ❄️. The mince pies have come out at Chunk HQ and we’re welcoming the festive flavours!
There is a wealth of veggies that are plentiful this time of year. Hunt for these in the farm shop or supermarket in order to benefit the environment and eat the most full-of-flavour food around! To name a few, there’s:
Beetroot, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, horseradish, jerusalem artichoke, kale, leeks, parsnips and red cabbage.
Here are a few side dish ideas, incorporating hearty and comforting flavours that complement our wintery pies and get you feeling cozy in the colder weather.
Red cabbage adorns a festive plate nicely, making any pie platter brighter – stew it until soft. Particularly great with some fruit thrown in, be it apple or raisins!
This dish complements our Pigs in Blankets Pie wonderfully.
🥔 The humble potato – there’s no season this veg doesn’t shine! Boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew! There’s nowt you can’t do with a spud. We’re reaching for chunky wedges seasoned with oodles of Rosemary or classic roast potatoes currently. If you can’t eat a pie without mash then throw in some celeriac and garlic with your potatoes. Paired with our festive Veggie Tagine Pie, this mash makes for a truly special seasonal meal!
Homemade cranberry sauce – with cranberries in season, you could whip up your own cranberry sauce to elevate your festive pie night! Simply pop muscovado sugar and orange juice in a pan, before throwing in your cranberries and simmering for 5-10 mins. Miles better than the stuff in a jar and not all that complicated or time consuming. Drizzle it all over your turkey, ham, brie and cranberry pie - you’re absolutely welcome!
Honey or maple glazed carrots and ‘nips! Drizzle some good local honey, plenty of oils and a handful of herbs onto carrots and parsnips before roasting for a simple, special seasonal side. A rich Venison & Port pie would pair beautifully with these!
Chicory – this funny veg is best cooked with bacon and a creamy béchamel sauce or roasted with orange and thyme for a true taste of Christmas!
go on - take a Chunk!