Quorn Vegan Mediterranean Socca

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Quorn Vegan Mediterranean Socca

Hello, folks! Long time, no hear from me, huh? Well I’ve got something deliciously different to share with you. By the way, if you’ve found your way from my post on Quorn on my other blog, Just Nice Things, welcome to my food blog, Cook with Sheenie.

I recently hooked up with the folks at Quorn for some inspiring dishes using Quorn pieces as the main ingredient. Quorn is packed with more protein than meat plus it’s healthier. It’s no wonder than more meat eaters are turning to Quorn especially when it works so well with an active and healthy lifestyle so if you’re a gym bunny, this is fuel for your work-outs.

On another note, Christmas is weeks away and this particular time of the year is my downfall as I overindulge in roasts, comfort food and sweet things. Before the festivities, I’m also going to be strongly tempted by gluttony in New York so I really want to be in good shape. This recipe for Quorn Vegan Mediterranean Socca is quick, easy and fun to make, and most importantly guilt-free. Let’s go!

Ingredients:

For the topping:

  • 280g Vegan Quorn Meat Free Pieces, defrosted
  • 6 tbsp vegan pesto – red or green
  • 4 tbsp red chilli puree
  • 1½ tbsp. olive oil
  • 130g baby plum or cherry tomatoes, whole or sliced
  • 15g capers, finely chopped
  • 25g black olives, whole or sliced
  • 25g green olives, whole or sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Torn basil leaves
  • Fresh thyme leaves

For the base:

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 360ml soya milk
  • 4tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 8 basil leaves, torn
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves
  • 240g gram/chickpea flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Serves: 4; makes 2 soccas
Preparation Time:  15 minutes plus 15 minutes standing time
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Calories/Serving: 688 kcal/6.1g sat fat

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Method:

To make the Soccas:

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the pesto and red chilli puree, using half stir into the Quorn pieces, retaining the remainder to spread onto the soccas when cooked.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.
  3. To make the soccas, combine olive oil, vinegar and milk in a medium bowl and stand for 2 minutes, then stir in the mustard, salt, pepper, garlic basil and thyme.
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  4. Stir in flour and baking soda until combined and stand for 15 minutes.
  5. Brush a 24 cm/9½ in non-stick frying pan with oil.  Heat frying pan over a medium high heat add a quarter of the batter, using a ladle spreading the mixture until it covers most of the surface. 
  6. Cook for 5-6 minutes on each side or until the socca is golden brown.  Carefully turn and cook the other side, until golden brown.  Place the soccas onto greaseproof paper on a baking tray.  Repeat with the remaining batter.
  7. Mix the chopped capers into the remaining pesto and chilli mix, spread the mixture on to each socca base.  Top with the Quorn vegan pieces, halved tomatoes and olives. 
  8. Cover with foil and bake for 15 mins or until piping hot, remove the foil for the last couple of minutes of cooking. 
  9. Sprinkle over the fresh thyme and basil leaves and season to taste.|

There is a lot more else you can do with Quorn. For more information and recipes visit Quorn’s website www.quorn.co.uk. Quorn is available in all supermarkets in the chiller and frozen sections.

*This is a collaborative post with Quorn.

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