14 February 2008

At last, a nut roast!

Nut roast, is something I've never really eaten or even been inspired to make, but add mushrooms to the mix and I'm intrigued and inspired. Well, I had to at least give it a go!

Mushroom Nut Roast with Tomato Sauce


1 large onion, chopped
300g mushrooms, finely chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
200g cashew nuts
200g brazil nuts
100g grated cheddar cheese
100g freshly grated parmesan
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp chopped parsley
115g whole-wheat breadcrumbs
salt & freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 180c/160c fan/350f/gas mark 4.
  2. Grease and line a loaf tin. I like to use liners.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and saute the onion, garlic and mushrooms until soft.
  4. Whizz the nuts in a food processor until fine, but with a few chunks of nuts left. You don't want it too smooth.
  5. Combine the cooled mushroom mixture, chopped nuts, cheddar, parmesan, egg, parsley and breadcrumbs in a bowl. Mix well and season to taste. 
  6. Press into the loaf tin and bake for 45 - 50 mins. It should be firm. 
  7. Leave in the tin for 5 or 10 minues, then turn out and slice. 
  8. Serve with fresh tomato sauce (recipe below).
  9. Enjoy!

Tomato Sauce


1 onion
1/ ½ tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp caster sugar
2 tsp dried basil or 1 handful of fresh basil, chopped
salt & freshly ground pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion and garlic, cook until soft, but not brown. 
  2. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato puree, 1/3 cup water and basil. Simmer gently for 20 mins until thickened. 
  3. Season to taste.

I really enjoyed the nut loaf. I was really surprised.

The only difficulty I had, was slicing the loaf. I don't have anything to compare it too, so I don't know if it is always difficult to slice or if it needed longer. It was tasty though! We had the mushroom nut roast with the tomato sauce, creamy mashed potatoes and green beans, yum!

I adapted this recipe from the Gourmet Vegetarian by Jane Price. There are lots of really good recipes in it, that I am eager to try. I borrowed it from the library, so I had better get on with it quick!


  1. Ooh, tasty. You won't have to worry with rushing your cookbook back to the library, just use the Magical Loaf Generator. It's for vegan nut loaves, but just add an egg where it has the word "binder" and add a cup of cheese for where it calls for "protein" and the rest of it will basically work out correctly for a loaf. I've heard of loaves that use oat groats in them soaked in cider, too. YUM.

  2. Happy V-Day to you and Graeme :D My mom used to make nut loaves for my dad, or, more precisely nut cakes. We ate them as well and they were pretty good :D

  3. I've never heard of a nut roast before, but it seems interesting and all of those textures and flavors seem well suited to each other. Looks tasty!

  4. Hmmm, Nut Roast is a senisitive topic for us men but I'd try this out, seems filling and healthy with all those nuts.

  5. Cool idea Tadmack!

    Hi Val! Thsnks, we have had a great evening, unfortunately it draws to a close as we both have work tomorrow!

    Hi Mike, the flavours were what got my attention. I am a sucker for mushrooms!

    Thanks David!

    Hey Pete, as usual, I am left quite speechless!

  6. Lovely looking nutroast - although I have never met a nutroast I didn't love! I think you are right that mushrooms are great in a nutroast. RE slicing it, sometimes I find that nutloaves can be very crumbly and hard to cut but still taste great - depends on how chunky the mixture is (which varies from recipe to recipe). You nutroast looks fantastic!

  7. Thanks for that, Johanna, I was a tad concerned!

  8. That mushroom nut roast sounds really good!

  9. i've never heard of a nut roast, but it looks yummy! hope your first v-day as a wife went well!

  10. I'm saving this vegetarian delight right now, love it!

  11. As a vegetarian, I'm almost ashamed to admit that I've never eaten a nut roast, but this looks so good, I might just have to try it.

  12. First time for me, too, Holler, but I can tell it is delicious!

  13. Happy first married Valentine's Day :o)

  14. I've never tried anything like this, but it certainly sounds tasty. And you know how much I love mushrooms too!

  15. Hmm... I've never had nut roast, but it sounds and looks delicious!

    Hope you had a happy V-day! :)

  16. I made a lentil-y kinda nut roast thing once. It went badly - but more because I think I got the measurements wrong...

    But this looks and sounds rather tasty, so maybe it's time to give it another shot!

  17. Thanks Kevin!

    It did go well Mary, we had a lovely evening! Did you do anything special?

    Well, Nicisme, remember that it is crumbly and don't be alarmed!

    Hi Lynn, I hadn't either, so you are in good company!

    It was good Patricia, it needed that contrst in flavour and texture with the sauce though.

    Thank you Chocolate covered vegan!

    Hi Lisa, Mushroom lovers unite!

    Thanks Jenny!

    I enjoyed it for a change Jen, but I don't think it will be a weekly staple! I will probably just have a notion for it, now and again!

  18. Oh my that looks good! I've never heard of a nut roast and now I want to try it.

  19. Hi Holler,

    Your Nut Roast is similar to my Nut Balls which you commented on. Once you get the basic recipe it's just a matter of adjusting the flavoring to your liking and playing with the presentation: balls, squares, loafs, burgers, etc... Tadmack's suggestion of the Magical Loaf Studio is a lot of fun to experiment with.

  20. Hey Holler. I have nominated you for another award my dear. Check it out when you have the chance!!

  21. Hi Ashley, It is worth giving it a go, but make sure you have a sauce with it.

    Hi Lisarene, I am going to go back and have another look at your nut balls. Boy, that sounded quite rude! Well you you what I meant anyway!

    Hi Val, Aww thanks! You are always thinking of me! What a good chum!

  22. After a week away eating and drinking with the family and friends, good to come back to something that really looks delicious!

  23. Hi Deb, welcome back! I can't wait to hear all your news! Bet you had a great time with you brother and friends!

  24. Mmmm, mushrooms and nuts! Perfect combination....

  25. My level of excitement about this post is practically unholy. I love hearty dishes like this, and I am a huge fan of both nuts and mushrooms. Plus the lack of hard-to-find ingredients is a plus.


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