With Christmas creeping up fast I have started thinking about what to have with our roast this year. While the daughter will have a slice or two of turkey, the rest of us are vegetarian, so require something different. Some years I buy a ready made option, some years I make something myself, and I decided last week to have a trial run of Nut Roast – it was delicious and not very time consuming to make, which is important as on the day I would rather be by the tree with a Baileys than slaving in the kitchen over something complex!
I have made nut roasts before, but not for years, and I had forgotten how much nicer a homemade one is. For extra Christmas flavour I added a layer of Wensleydale with Cranberries through the middle. It was tasty, easy to slice, and I served it to meat eaters for dinner that night, and they really liked it too (not that I imagine they will be choosing it over turkey on the day itself!).
- 200g mixed chopped nuts
- 50g roasted chopped hazelnuts
- 75g breadcrumbs
- 2 medium eggs, beaten.
- 200g Wensleydale with cranberries - sliced.
- 1 small onion
- 1 small carrot
- 1 clove garlic - crushed
- 2 to 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon yeast extract dissolved in 1 tablespoon of hot water
- Salt and pepper.
- Chop the carrots and onion to a fine dice, and fry gently until soft in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, along with the garlic.
- In a bowl mix the nuts and breadcrumbs together, then add in the softened veg, the yeast extract mix, a tablespoon of olive oil and the eggs and combine the mixture well. Leave for 5 minutes and if the mix seems too dry add another slurp of olive oil.
- Transfer half the mix into a lined loaf tin, and push down well. Cover with the sliced Wensleydale, then add the rest of the nut roast mixture on top, again pushing down well.
- Pop into a 200 degree oven for 35-45 minutes until golden brown and firm. Leave to cool for a few minutes before removing from tin and slicing.
We will be having ours with roast potatoes, leeks in cheese sauce, and of course a sprout or two. Do you go for traditional turkey or something different in your house?
Love Miss Cisco XXX
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I have also been making Christmas Fudge.