Steam Cafe’s meat-free mince

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1 medium-sized brown onion

500g mushrooms

300g spinach

400g can organic black beans drained (keep

juice aside)

1 Tbsp garlic

½ cup soy sauce

⅓ cup balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp cornflour


Finely dice your onions and saute them in a large pan until softened, then add finely diced mushrooms, garlic and spinach. Cook until softened and add your black beans, balsamic vinegar and soy sauce. Stir gently until brought up to temperature.

Mix cornflour and cold bean juice together until well blended and add slowly to mixture while stirring continuously until thickened. Remove from heat.

This mixture can be used to make a family-sized pie or individual pies. You can also top them with mashed potato for a complete and filling meal. Or you can use it in wraps with salad and sweet chilli sauce.

Vegan pies can be made using layers of filo pastry brushed with olive oil.

- Recipe provided by Steam Cafe, Oamaru. Recipe requested by Pam McKinlay.

If you have enjoyed a dish in an Otago cafe or restaurant and would like the recipe, write to Ask a Chef, Features, Otago Daily Times, PO Box 517, Dunedin, or email, including your name, address and a daytime telephone number, and we will request it.

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