Scarily tasty, Guinness & Banana Blossom Ghoul Stew
Halloween is approaching and the nights are drawing in, there are ghouls and demons lurking everywhere, even in your stew.
Minus all the theatrics, this recipe is actually incredibly delicious and a veganized version of “Beef & Ale Stew”.
Banana blossom is used for a meaty texture in the stew, but you can also use jackfruit or some of the fantastic vegan “meats” around at the moment.
This recipe might seem like it has a lot of ingredients, but it’s mostly just seasonal root vegetables, for which you can choose your own. It really is just a throw it all in with a bottle of ale and off you go.
The scary face in the middle of the stew is a dumpling! We used squished black beans for the eyes and mouth.
Once finished the stew should last a few days in the fridge for reheating.
- (Stew Ingredients)
- Banana Blossom - 1 Can
- Oil for frying
- Onion - 1
- Leek - 1
- Minced Garlic - 2 Tsp
- Flour - 2 Tbsp
- Potatoes - 1 large
- Parsnip - 1 large
- Carrots - 2 medium
- Turnip - 1 medium
- Dried Thyme - 3 Tsp (or one sprig of fresh thyme)
- Tomato Paste - 2 Tbsp
- Sugar - 1/2 Tbsp
- Guinness - 500ml (1 bottle)
- Veg Stock - 1/4 Pint
- (Dumpling Ingredients)
- Self Raising Flour - 200g
- Veg Suet - 100g
- Pinch of salt
- Cold Water - 5 Tbsp approx (enough to make the dough firm)
- Preheat the oven to 160C Gas Mark 5
- Chop the onion, leek, potato, carrots, parsnip, & turnip into medium, similar sized chunks.
- Drain the Banana Blossom and rinse.
- Add the banana blossom to a bowl and sprinkle the flour (from the stew ingredients) ontop.
- Using your hands, coat the flour all over the banana blossom breaking it up slightly.
- Place your pot on a medium heat and add the oil.
- Fry the onions and leeks until you see them start to caramelise at the bottom of the pan.
- Add the garlic, banana blossom/flour mix and fry for a few minutes.
- Add the potatoes, carrots, parsnip, turnips, thyme, tomato paste, sugar, guinness & stock and mix well.
- Place the lid on with a small air gap to let the steam out and bake in the oven for two hours.
- In a bowl, mash the black beans to form a paste.
- In a separate bowl mix together the flour, suet, salt and plant milk (from the dumpling ingredients).
- Flour your surface and hands and grab together a ball of the dumpling mix. Use the flour to make the surface of the dumpling less sticky but don’t knead the flour into the dumpling.
- Mould into a ghoul shape and press your finger into the dough where they eyes and mouth should be.
- Fill the eye sockets and mouth with the black bean putty and place to the side.
- Do this with the rest of the dumpling ingredients.
- When the stew is ready, take out the oven and add the ghouls ontop.
- Place back into the oven without the lid for 20 – 40 minutes or until the gools go brown.
- Serve as a Halloween dish.