Recipe: Winter pastry roll with kale pesto

This is a tasty vegetarian main course that even meat lovers will love, and which looks fabulous on a buffet. Made with all my favourite winter ingredients and served with cranberry sauce.

  • place COOK 1 hour 20 minutes
  • place SERVES 6
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  • Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
  • Toss the onion, beetroot, squash and garlic in 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with thyme, sumac and salt and pepper.
  • Roast for 45 minutes or until the vegetables are tender but still retain their shape, then stir in the lentils and half the chestnuts.
  • Squeeze the garlic from the skins, reserve half and squash the other two into the lentil mixture.  Leave to cool completely.
  • Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, tip in the kale, cook for 1 minute until wilted, then drain under cold water until cool.  Squeeze all the water from the kale, then put it in the small bowl of the food processor along with the reserved garlic cloves, chestnuts, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper.
  • Blitz to a thick paste like pesto and season to taste. Divide mixture into two.
  • On a lightly floured work surface unravel the two sheets of puff pastry.  
  • Spread the kale pesto along the pastry base and then top with the cooked vegetables.
  • Lightly brush all borders with almond milk, fold over the ends, then carefully roll the pastry lengthways to completely encase the filling into a roll.
  • Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Brush the top with the remaining almond milk, sprinkle with a little sumac and sesame seeds.
  • Bake for 30 - 35 minutes on 200°C or until crisp and golden. Serve garnished with thyme leaves and flaky sea salt.

1 red onion, peeled and cut into 8 wedges

250g raw beetroot, peeled and cut into small pieces

200g butternut squash, peeled and cut into chunks

4 garlic cloves, unpeeled

6 tbsp olive oil

3 tbsp fresh thyme, leaves only

1 tbsp sumac

250g cooked puy lentils 

2 x 180g pack whole cooked chestnuts, roughly chopped

250g kale

Juice of 1 lemon

2 x 320g ready rolled puff pastry

2 tbsp almond milk

3-4 tbsp sesame seeds

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