Vegan Mofo: Baked Lettuce

Last night I cooked from a really old book. Older than any of the books I’ve been using so far during Mofo. You can tell this book is old for a few reasons, 1) it’s so old the recipes aren’t written in a recipe format, just paragraphs of suggestions 2) the recipes are so freaking weird.

Vegetable Dishes and Salads by Ambrose Heath. Published in a time where we used Roman numerals mcmxxxviii (1938)

I’m so happy my friend Jenny from Spice Box of Earth (a great blog, check it out!) let me borrow this beauty. Part of me wants to cook everything from it, but I’ve had to settle for just a few choices. I was planning to bring back marrow for a brief appearance today but unfortunately my marrow is rock hard and I couldn’t cut into it. I’m secretly pleased that I’m having to leave it on the side until it’s a bit softer. I’m hoping Mofo will pass by the time it does so I can get away with not eating it.

I needed a dish to present to you though, so I decided to carry on and cook the side dish from this book that was going to accompany my marrow. Baked Lettuce.

Jesus Christ, why did I pick this theme?

Baked Lettuce

  • Lettuce
  • 1 tbsp soya butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 cup soya milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and peel the outer leaves from your lettuce away and discard.
  2. Melt the soya butter in a pan and saute the garlic for a few minutes. Add the cornflour and whisk until it is a paste
  3. Add the soya milk, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and salt/pepper. Continue to whisk until the sauce thickens.
  4. Once the water is boiling pop in the lettuce for around 30 seconds. Remove and place in an oven proof dish.
  5. Cover the lettuce in the sauce, scatter breadcrumbs over the top and bake for 15-20 minutes
Serves 4 as a side dish

I never thought I’d blanch a lettuce but then I never thought I’d bake one either. This was just so fricking weird to make. I was gagging every step of the way. The weirdest part? It didn’t taste awful.

Plus, it kind of looks ok doesn’t it? I didn’t serve mine with anything, I had it as a starter to my leftover Gulyas, which is kind of a weird thing to do but bloody hell, I was baking lettuce, couldn’t get much weirder could it?
I don’t think I would make this again because believe it or not, I have a bit of credibility when it comes to cooking but this is definitely not the worst thing I have made this Mofo. I think when it comes to lettuce though, I’d rather just have it on top of a veggie burger, uncooked.

To help you leave a nice taste in your mouth, check out this Chocolate Orange Chia Pudding from Vegga. I never thought I’d be tempted by chia but this is definitely helping!

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8 thoughts on “Vegan Mofo: Baked Lettuce

  1. sounds to me like the marrow might be good for crushing nuts or threatening anyone who breaks into your house – and the baked lettuce intrigues me because I am interested in the idea of cooking lettuce – have tried it in a soup and a pasta bake but yep just baked with white sauce is challenging. I hope this was an out-there dish in 1938 and not standard fare

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