Recipe: Melty Smoked Sheese Colcannon Bake

» I was gifted a selection of Bute Island Cheeses (sheese) as part of the ongoing veganuary campaign. As always, all comments and opinions are fair, honest and completely my own. «

You would think that a vegan diet would be utterly boring wouldn’t you?

All vegetables and dry carbohydrates with no cheese, milk/cream or eggs to bind things together or add some much-needed flavour?

Well you could think that but…you’d be wrong!

Melty Smoked Sheese Colcannon Bake

I’ve actually enjoyed my meals much more this month during veganuary than I ever did before, can you believe that?

Almost every recipe I’ve tried has been a surprising success and tasted absolutely beautiful.

This week we tried Bute Island Food’s gorgeous melty smoked sheese colcannon bake – the ultimate vegan comfort food – and they’ve kindly allowed me to reproduce their recipe below for you to try.

Sheese Colcannon In Dish

I promise it’s so simple and completely delicious! What’s more, the sheese actually tastes like real cheese (you know, the stuff we all miss more than anything!)

If you’re ever faltering and about to give it all up, throw this together and let yourself indulge in this delightful guilt-free vegan dish.

INGREDIENTS

  • 227g block of ‘Melty Smoked Cheddar Style Sheese’ {grated}
  • 5 large white potatoes {peeled and diced}
  • 2 large leeks {trimmed, cut in half lengthways and sliced into approx. 1cm chunks}
  • 2 medium white onions {diced into approx. 1cm cubes}
  • 25g bunch of fresh coriander {roughly chopped, if taking directly from the plant ensure to tear from the pot rather than cut}
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper {to taste}
  • Breadcrumbs {we made our own using 2 slices of bread whizzed up in the blender}

**Best served with salad and chutney {but as it’s been cold, we served with veggies instead}**

METHOD

  1. Cook the potatoes in salted water for 10-12 minutes or until soft all the way through. Drain, mash and set aside to cool.
  2. In a pan, heat the olive oil and gently sweat the onions and leeks over a medium heat for 6-8 minutes or until soft. Again, set these aside to cool.
  3. When everything has completely cooled, mix the mashed potatoes, leeks, onions, grated sheese {reserving a handful for the top of the bake} and chopped coriander together in a large bowl and add season well.
  4. Place the mixture in an oven proof dish {or individual pots, if you prefer} and top with the bread crumbs and remaining sheese.
  5. Bake at 200 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Sheese Colcannon Ready To Serve

Sheese Colcanoon Dish

Sheese is a dairy-free, lactose-free and gluten-free vegan cheese alternative which also contains no artificial colours or preservatives.

You can check the map to find your nearest stockist of sheese or contact Bute Island Foods to buy directly from them.

You can also try your local health food shop or online stores such as Goodness Direct or Veggie Stuff.

It’s worth noting that the melty sheese used in this recipe is available from Tesco under their own free-from branding as the ‘Rich Soya Smoked’ free from cheese.

It’s also great to know that a 227g block of sheese typically costs less than £3.00 so, unlike some free-from foods, it won’t break the bank!

Have you tried ‘sheese’ before?

I’ll be posting some more sheese-filled recipes/meal ideas shortly 🙂

Lucy

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