Boring, bland, heavy and uncreative. Nut roasts get a real bad press. And why? Well, probably because they were, to be fair. But no longer! The humble nut roast has always been the go-to recipe for a Christmas meat-free alternative, but they often turn out dry and lacking a certain something. We’re here to change all that.
This tasty, bad-ass mofo gives as good as it gets and is the perfect reminder of why we don’t need to eat meat. It’s tempting and filling, without being weighty or stodgy. It goes well with almost any sauce and is much more than an alternative – it’s a replacement.
Health Benefits – Bad Ass Nut Roast
This one is more for the animals out there – it’s meat-free. It’s here to show you that veggie options are more than viable – they can mix it up with the best of ‘em.
That being said – nuts are awesome. Research has shown that eating just a handful of nuts every day is massively beneficial to your health (the mutt’s nuts), including reducing heart disease and keeping you slim.
It just goes to show – nuts are for life, not just for Christmas 😉
- 110g cashews
- 110g roasted or spiced peanuts
- 220g whole wheat breadcrumbs
- 1 large onion
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 eggs
- 2 cloves garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ cube of veg stock mixed in 50ml water (or Marmite if you have it)
- 1 tsp oregano (dried is fine)
- 1 tsp thyme (again, dried is fine)
- 1 tbsp parsley (you get the idea)
- 1 tbsp basil (blah blah blah)
- 150g tasty cheese (mature cheddar is great)
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/350F
- Crush or grind the nuts (you can use a food processor to save time) then mix with the breadcrumbs. If you don’t have all the proper equipment (we don’t) then use the end of a glass bottle crush the nuts in a plastic bowl
- Dice then fry the onion in plenty of oil. When the onions have turned clear, add them (and all the oil!) to the mix
- Add in the eggs, crushed or grated garlic, salt, pepper, stock, herbs and grated cheese
- Mix again then knead well
- Let it stand for 15 minutes
- Roll into a roll shape
- Place in baking tray and cook for 40 minutes at 180°C (check it after 30 mins, you don’t want it getting too dry)
- Done! Enjoy your veggie replacement