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Ras el Hanout Slow-roasted Mushrooms with Pine Nuts, Halloumi and Flat-leaf Parsley

Expand your repertoire of mushroom recipes with this easy one-tin recipe featuring portabellini or chestnut mushrooms and chunks of halloumi roasted in ras el hanout.

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Rukmini Iyer


These mushrooms are as good as part of a vegetarian feasting menu as they are as antipasti – and of course if you’re building a non-vegetarian feast, they go wonderfully alongside the slow-roasted harissa lamb or warm flatbreads.

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600g whole mushrooms (portabellini or chestnut)
300g whole shallots, peeled and halved
70g butter
4 tsp ras el hanout
1 lemon, zest and juice
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
250g halloumi, cut into 1 cm cubes
30g pine nuts
Large handful of flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
2 tsp pink peppercorns (optional but very nice)
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat your oven to 130° C fan/150°C /gas 2. Place the butter, ras el hanout, lemon zest and crushed garlic in the roasting tin, then transfer to the oven for 5 minutes to melt the butter and to allow the spices to toast a little.

Meanwhile, trim the mushrooms and peel the shallots. After 5 minutes, pop them into the tin with the melted spice butter, season well with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and mix everything together really well with your hands. Cover in tinfoil, then place in the oven to cook for 1 hour.

After 1 hour, increase the heat to 150°C fan/170°C/gas 3 and remove the tin foil. Squeeze over the lemon juice, add the halloumi and mix well before scattering with the pine nuts. Return to the oven to cook uncovered for a further 15 minutes.

Taste and adjust the level of salt as required, and scatter with the flat­leaf parsley and pink peppercorns just before serving.

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From the book: The Roasting Tin: Deliciously Simple One-Dish Dinners

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