How to cook Turkey Free Christmas Roast
Preheat the oven to 200 °C.
Brush a small square pan with olive oil.
In the meantime, chop the onion, heat a splash of olive oil over medium heat in a pan, add the onion and caramelise. Crush the garlic, stir it in with the onions and let cook for a 1 minute more until fragrant.
Take a large mixing bowl, strain the chickpeas and crush them in the bowl with a fork. Add the cooked rice, tomato, breadcrumbs, vegetable stock, salt and basil. Mix the mixture with a large spoon until the mixture holds together. Add the caramelised onion and garlic to the mixture and mix together well. Adjust seasoning to taste.
Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan and pack it down very firmly using the back of a large spoon. It is important to pack it firmly so that it holds together while baking.
Put in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes.
Remove from oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.