The ultimate nut roast

the ultimate nut roast

the ultimate nut roast

First of all happy belated New year to everyone! Sorry for the absence but I have been too busy to blog during the holidays, partly as I was engaged in a major decluttering exercise (but that’s a different story!). What I am about to share with you here is the nut roast I made for my son at Christmas. He always asks for one and I dutifully oblige. All the previous nut roasts I made were lentil based but this year I decided to ring in the changes. This one contains mushrooms, parsnips, nuts and chestnuts as the key ingredients and it’s wrapped in savoy cabbage leaves. The result is a very moist and flavoursome dish. My son was very complimentary about it and said it was one of the best he had ever had – and he has eaten a few, I tell you. I spotted it in the Guardian. It’s by Felicity Cloake. I definitey will not wait till next Christmas to make another one!


2 large parsnips
Oil, to grease
1 small savoy cabbage, 4–6 outer leaves only
150g hazelnuts (I used half hazelnuts and half cashews)
40g butter
1 red onion, finely chopped
150g chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped
100g cooked chestnuts, roughly chopped
100g stilton, crumbled (or other vegetarian-friendly cheese of your choice)
100g brown breadcrumbs
2 tbsp chopped fresh sage
2 free-range eggs, beaten


1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Peel and quarter the parsnips, and cook in boiling, salted water until tender, drain well and mash.

2. Grease a loaf tin approximately 20cm x 10cm x 7cm, then line with foil, and grease this generously. Blanch 6 savoy cabbage leaves in boiling, salted water for 2 minutes: you’ll need enough to line the tin with overlapping leaves, but how many depends on the size of your cabbage, so make sure you have enough before you tip away the water. Immediately plunge the leaves into iced water.

3. Toast the hazelnuts in a frying pan over a high heat until starting to colour, then set aside. Turn the heat down to medium, add the butter and chopped onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 7 minutes until nicely softened.

4. Roughly chop the hazelnuts and put them in a large bowl along with the chopped chestnuts, crumbled stilton, breadcrumbs and chopped sage. Add the mashed parsnip and softened onions and mushrooms followed by the beaten eggs. Season and stir together well.

5. Line the prepared tin with overlapping cabbage leaves, leaving any excess hanging over the sides, then spoon in the mixture, pressing it down well, and fold any overhanging cabbage leaves back over the top. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 45 minutes. (Alternatively, you can keep it in the fridge for a day or so before baking.)

6. Remove the foil from the top and put the loaf back in the oven for another 15 minutes, then take out of the oven and put a large serving plate over the top of the tin. Holding the tin with oven gloves, turn the plate over so the loaf inverts on to the plate. Carefully peel off the foil and cut into slices to serve.


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2 Responses to “The ultimate nut roast”

  • Ottimo, allora domani io posso postare un piatto di carne, mia cara veggie!! Devo assolutamente provarlo, l’unico problema sono le pastinache. Matteo ha provato a coltivarle l’estate scorsa ma non sono venute, ci sta studiando su e speriamo di averle per quest’anno! Qualche consiglio su come sostituirle?

  • Ceci forse? o LENTICCHIE? Prova un po’ e vedi…:-)

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