Thursday 13 October 2011

Vegetable and Bean Casserole with Cheesy Scone Topping

Here's another frugal but tasty vegetarian dinner we enjoyed very much recently. I used the pressure cooker to cook the vegies...4 minutes on full power was all it took and then 30 minutes in the oven to cook the scone topping.

As usual you can use whatever vegetables you have on hand depending on the season. To make 4 big serves I used the following ...add more vegies and even a second tin of baked beans for a larger group.....

2 chopped onions
2 crushed garlic cloves
2 medium chopped potatoes
2 diced carrots
2 thinly sliced celery sticks
1/2 a large zucchini
2 bay leaves
1 x 450gm of Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce( has to be Heinz!)
big splash of Worcestershire sauce
vegetable stock, 1/2 a litre?
1 heaped tablespoon of cornflour mixed in a little water to thicken the stew

Gently fry the onions in 2 T of oil for several minutes and then add the other vegetables and stir fry for about 5 minutes to really sweat out those lovely flavours.
Pour in the stock, Worcester sauce and bay leaves, just enough stock to cover the vegies and cook until I said I used the pressure cooker and they were ready after 4 minutes cooking time.

Stir in the baked beans and season to taste. Keep warm while you make the scones...

2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour
1/2 cup of  butter
cold milk
1 cup of grated cheese
2T chopped chives or green onion tops
salt and pepper

Rub the butter into the flour
Stir in the 1/2 of the cheese and chives, salt and pepper
Work in just enough milk to make a soft dough
Knead very lightly and cut out your shapes out,
Place them on top of your casserole in an oven-proof dish
Sprinkle the remaining cheese over and bake at 180C for about 30 minutes.

It was much enjoyed as left-overs the following day too!

Hope you are having a good week, any plans for today? It's Mum's golf day here and Joe may be going to Camera Group if his sore neck lets him. I need to finish some sewing and knitting projects and finally put all that laundry away that I did 2 days ago!

Love from Sue


  1. That looks sooo tasty Sue.. and a meal made in a minute. Think my carnivorousness mob would not even know it was meatless. I am sure they have improved over the years, but pressure cookers terrify me - My Dad had one and he cooked everything in it.. it hissed and steamed - I have seen traction engines who don't get up a head of steam like that thing did :-)

  2. Yum Sue, my kind of meal! Will give giving this one a go for sure :) Thanks for sharing, Regards, Ruth

  3. Hmmm I know what we'll be having for dinner soon. Looks delish!