It’s easy to fall into the trap of having a standard repertoire of dishes we turn to time and time again; whether it’s feeding the family on a frantic weeknight, for a treat at the weekend, or when entertaining friends and loved ones. For the latter, something like a hearty fish pie, a beef Wellington, or even something more unusual such as a chicken, squash and sage pithivier, make fantastic entertaining meals, easily baked in the oven and served as a showstopping centrepiece.
However, these recipes tend to revolve around meat and fish, while vegetarians are often left with a stuffed pepper or salad. It’s a tricky culinary dilemma, do you cook two separate meals, one meat-based, one vegetable-based, or do you try and force the meat-eaters at the table to eat some sort of meat substitute?
The solution is neither. A rich base such as pastry is the perfect carrier of flavours, creating a hearty dish without the need for meat.