Salsify is not a charm that you recite whilst pointing a wand at something Hogwarts style as I thought when I first heard of it but in fact an edible root vegetable belonging to the dandelion family.
Salsify is also known as the ‘oyster plant’ due to its apparent oystery taste when cooked.
Thermidor comes from the Greek word ‘thermos’ meaning ‘heat’.
I’ve come up with an original oyster free thermidor recipe, very easy to cook and delicious.
3 sticks of salsify, peeled and sliced in to cm thick chunks
1 onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1/2 a cup of white wine
1 cup of plant based cream, (I used oatly)
1 tbsp of soya or other plant based margarine type spread
1 tsp of English mustard, (having grown up in Norwich, I loyally stick to Colman’s)
2 sprigs of parsley, chopped
Vegan Cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 440°F (200°C)
Melt the soya spread in a saucepan
Add the garlic and onion to the pan and fry gently for
a 2 minutes until they start to cook.
Add the salsify and stir in the wine, when the pan is bubbling, stir in the cream, mustard and parsley, season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil.
Once boiling, turn down to low, simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally while the sauce reduces and thickens.
Remove from stove and pour salsify mix in to a small oven proof dish.
Sprinkle over the breadcrumbs and then cheese.
Bake in oven for 30 mins.