#MeatfreeMonday – Tomato and coconut cassoulet
by Olga Alexandru
Another great recipe from Anna Jones, her website is crammed packed with amazing recipes and I can’t get enough of them. ‘This delicious recipe brings together so many of my favourite things. Sticky roasted tomatoes, the soothing creaminess of coconut milk and sweet little white beans, topped with a crust of sourdough bread.’
1 leek, washed, trimmed and roughly sliced
1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
a 1cm thick piece of fresh ginger, the size of a 50p piece, peeled and roughly chopped
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 × 400g tin of chopped tomatoes 4 tablespoons coconut milk
1 × 400g jar haricot beans, drained, or 1 × 400g tin, drained
500g vine or cherry tomatoes, halved
a bunch of fresh basil
4 slices of sourdough bread
First heat an ovenproof pan on a medium heat and add a slosh of olive oil. Throw in the leeks, garlic, chilli and ginger and a pinch of salt and some pepper, then turn the heat down and cook for 10 minutes, until the leeks are soft and sweet. Next, add the tinned tomatoes, coconut milk and beans and simmer for a couple of minutes, then take off the heat. Check the seasoning, and add a little more salt and pepper if needed.
Scatter over the fresh tomatoes, followed by the basil, then tear the slices of bread into chunks and push them into the gaps between the tomatoes. You are looking for a covering of tomatoes and chunks of bread.
Drizzle the lot with olive oil and pop it into the oven for 30 minutes, until the tomatoes have shrunk and sweetened and the bread is crisp and golden. Allow to sit for a few minutes before piling on to plates with lemony green salad.
Image: Brian W Ferry