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Thursday, 1 March 2012

A Quorn Dinner Party

Hey Ladies,

Something a bit different today for you, I was asked to write a post on Quorn (as the title may suggest) and first let me start by saying I'm the most carnivorous person going, I could seriously give a T-Rex a run for its money but something that got me through living in halls at uni was Quorn so I was happy to do a post on the topic. Not only is it cheaper than meat generally its healthier too & when I was a student these were fairly important factors not only that the thought of eating real sausages freaked me out so Quorn sausage sandwiches cured many a hangover I can assure you.

Even though i'm no longer a student I still cook using Quorn, rather than a post drinking cure or budget friendly option I use it mainly these days when I have Vegetarian friends over for dinner.  I love cooking for people but I will admit to total meat ignorance ie it's in 90% of my meals & so if i'm having people round for dinner I really don't like to feed the meat eaters meat & give the vegetarian my best attempt at a 'tasty' salad so I prefer to use Quorn & make sure both parties leave my house suitably stuffed & also having friends round is such a communal thing & separating a group of people is a no no for me. 

One of my favourite recipes to cook with meat or Quorn is Stroganoff, it's probably my favourite meal if my aunt cooks it for me & such an easy one when you have company as it's quick, it's a one pan dish & seriously tasty, so I thought i'd share my recipe with you.

You Will Need:
Quorn Balls
A Good Glug of Wine
250mls Sour Cream
1 tbsp Mustard
150g Mushrooms chopped
1 medium onion diced
Salt & Ground Pepper

1. Pan fry the Quorn balls in 1tbsp of oil until golden brown, remove from the pan and put to one side.

2. Heat some oil & butter in a frying pan & cook the onion on a low heat until softened (don't be tempted to turn up the heat if they take a while, it'll just fry & that's not the taste we want)

3. Add the Quorn to the pan & increase the heat to medium & cook for a few more minutes.

4. Add the wine, just enough to make a little well in the bottom of the pan but not too much as you're wasting potential drink! Reduce on the heat by a third.

5. Add the mushrooms, sour cream, salt & mustard & cook for a further 10 minutes.

6. Once the cream has thickened, start to grind the black pepper into the sauce keep adding & tasting until it is peppery enough for you, personally I stand there for about 5 minutes adding pepper!

7. Serve with rice & lots of white wine!

Bish bash bosh as they say, if you're after a healthier version just substitute the sour cream for creme fraiche! There's loads of recipes on the Quorn Website and also on their Facebook page they're encouraging people to upload recipes & pictures of their Quorn creations so there'll be some tried & tested meals there!

So there's one of my favourite meals with a cheaper, healthier, more vegetarian friendly meat substitute! Have you ever tried Quorn & what did you make? If you're not a sausage fan I urge you to try theirs!!

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