Oven HangiCourse: DinnerCuisine: MaoriDifficulty: Easy
Enough root vegetables for 5 people: potato, kūmara, pumpkin
Whole beetroot x1
Whole cabbage x1
Vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons
Tofu, firm 450grams
Chicken or beef stock cube x1
Liquid smoke 5 drops
Bread x8 slices (stale toast is best)
Brown onion x1
Mixed herbs, 2 tablespoon
Vegan butter/margarine, 150 grams
Salt + Pepper
- Freeze your tofu beforehand for at least 24 hours, defrost it and press out as much liquid as possible, then marinate it in the chicken/beef stock for at least 30 minutes.
- Grill your bread,then process it into crumbs.
- Dice your onion and brown in a saucepan w/ cooking oil.
- Add the breadcrumbs, mixed herbs and butter.
- Grate your carrot, then add it into the saucepan. Stir until the flavors are mixed together. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Remove from the heat and add additional liquid - either water or plant-based milk - gradually, to allow your stuffing to be rolled into balls that hold their shape.
- Preheat the oven on bake to 180 degrees.
- Chop all the remaining root vegetables, besides the beetroot, into similar sizes.
- Peel and remove the stem of the beetroot, then chop into half the size of the other root vegetables.
- Line a baking tray with cabbage leaves, then place the chopped vegetables onto the leaves.
- Place your tofu and plan*t chick*n on top, then drizzle your vegetable oil on top of everything.
- Place your stuffing balls evenly throughout the tray to spread its herby goodness.
- Layer more cabbage leaves on top to cover the ingredients completely.
- In a quarter cup of water, add your liquid smoke, then drizzle the water evenly on top of the cabbage leaves.
- Cover your dish in foil before baking.
- Freezing and marinating tofu isn’t absolutely necessary, but the freezing will create more texture and allow any marinade to sink in.
- If you don’t have a food processor, you can buy breadcrumbs, or make them yourself.
- Before you add your chopped vegetables into the tray, consider tossing them in some oil and herbs for extra flavour.
- You can also add other vegetables to your tray. Feel free to experiment!
- Consider your layout. If you have picky eaters, you can place the ingredients into sections - all the kūmara on one side, for example. Otherwise, make it an even-spread to help spread the flavours.
- Serve with a green salad side, or any salad of your choosing.