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Lettuce Parcels With Carrot Sauce

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These Lettuce parcels with Carrot Sauce make an elegant and sophisticated Vegetarian Main Course for a formal dinner. It is a splash or gorgeous colors on the plate, fabulous enough to impress your vegetarian guests.
Ingredients
  Potatoes 6 Medium
  Carrot 2 Small, grated or finely diced
  Cabbage 3 Cup (48 tbs), finely shredded
  Butter 3 Tablespoon
  Onions 2 Medium, finely chopped
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), crushed
  Cheese 1 Cup (16 tbs), grated (use any cheese of your choice like mozzarella, feta, ricotta, cheddar)
  Sunflower seed kernels 2 Tablespoon, chopped
  Linseeds 2 Tablespoon
  Fresh parsley 2 Tablespoon, chopped
  Fresh coriander 2 Tablespoon, chopped
  Iceberg lettuce leaves 12
  Carrots 3 Large
  Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Vegetable stock cube 1 Large, rumbled
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Prepare the vegetables according to the ingredient list.

MAKING
2. Boil, steam or microwave the potatoes until they are fork tender.
3. Drain them then peel when lightly cooled. Mash the potatoes in a large bowl.
4. While the potatoes are cooking, boil, steam or microwave the cabbage and carrot together until tender crisp.
5. Drain and the carrot and cabbage and mix with the mashed potatoes.
6. In a medium saucepan or skillet, melt the butter and sauté the onion and garlic in it until soft, about 3 minutes.
7. Add the potato mixture, cheese, kernels, linseeds and herbs. Mix thoroughly.
8. Take pan off the heat and set aside.
9. Into a large saucepan of boiling water, drop the lettuce leaves and blanch them for not more than 1 minute.
10. Drain the lettuce quickly and plunge them into cold water to arrest further cooking.
11. Drain the leaves from the cold water and pat them dry on paper toweling.
12. To make the carrot sauce, combine the 3 ingredients in a saucepan.
13. Boil the carrots in the stock then reduce heat and simmer them for 20 minutes or cook in the microwave on HIGH for 6 minutes, or until the carrots are very tender.
14. Puree the carrots in a food processor or liquidizer into a smooth sauce, adjusting the seasoning if you like.

FINALIZING
15. Just prior to serving, spoon the prepared mixture in center or each lettuce leaf and roll firmly and neatly like a parcel.

SERVING
16. Arrange the parcels on dinner plates, and spoon the carrot sauce over them.
17. Serve them warm or cold.

TIPS
The lettuce parcels should be prepared close to serving time
The carrot sauce can be made a day ahead and kept covered in the refrigerator.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Dish: 
Stuffing
Interest: 
Holiday, Gourmet, Healthy
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
3
Story
I always had trouble finding the perfect dish to prepare for my vegetarian friends for dinner parties during the holidays. It is a difficult task to think of a healthy, beautiful and exotic vegetarian dish and the common ones have already been served ample of times. I came across this dish in a food magazine and loved it. I tried it out and it turned out perfect. My friends were impressed with the dish and for once, I had my non-vegetarian friends telling me that they would like to try the vegetarian main course instead!

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