This recipe is destined to be the star of your vegetarian Christmas dinner this year: cheesy carrot nut roast!
Not to blow my own trumpet or anything (even though I totally am), but I think this may well be the ultimate nut roast recipe. It would be absolutely perfect for Christmas dinner - or any other dinner, come to that. It's cheesy and flavourful, it's packed with protein, and it goes beautifully alongside roast potatoes and gravy.
I know that some nut roasts aren't particularly inspiring. But far from being dry and tasteless like some that I've been served in the past (and, let's be honest, one or two I've made myself...), this nut roast recipe starts off with a crumble-style oat mixture which gives it a really lovely, hearty texture, and makes it feel like a real treat. Cannellini beans and walnuts add protein and make it nice and chunky, and grated carrot and a bit of cheddar cheese add a huge amount of flavour. I'm practically drooling just thinking about it.
Rather than serving up my nut roast in loaf form, I cooked it in a shallow roasting dish. Bigger surface area = more crispy bits on top = even more delicious.
If you'd prefer to make a loaf, I'm sure that would be great too - I'd probably just turn down the oven a little, and cook it for a longer amount of time to make sure it cooks right the way to the centre.
All in all, this is one nut roast I could quite happily eat every single day (in fact, you may even want to double the recipe to make sure you have plenty of leftovers!).
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Cheesy carrot nut roast
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- 80 g butter, melted (~ ¼ cup)
- 65 g plain flour (~ ½ cup)
- 65 g rolled oats (~ ½ cup)
- 400 g tin cannellini beans, drained (240g, or ~ 1 ¼ cups, when drained)
- 2 medium carrots, grated
- 100 g cheddar cheese, grated (~ 1 ⅓ cups grated)
- 100 g walnuts (~ 1 cup), roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoon milk
- ¼ teaspoon dried sage
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- Black pepper
- Heat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F).
- In a large bowl, combine the melted butter with the flour and oats, and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients, season well, and mix thoroughly.
- Spread the mixture out in a lightly greased roasting tray, and bake for around 40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Serve warm.
Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on your exact ingredients. Please calculate your own nutritional values if you require accuracy for health reasons.
Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes says
Totally love how wholesome this looks. Also, it looks so hearty even though there is no meat in the recipe.
Looks delicious, a bit fancier than traditional nut roast.
Lush nut roast Becca and I am totally surprised that it took the Vegetarian Society this long to approve Cranks, but they got there in the end so I suppose that's all that matters;-) I am the biggest Cranks fan having been to all the restaurants as a kid and then going on to own and cook from their books, high five to Cranks I say;-)
this looks delicious Becca- never tried nut road but I know I would love this - the textures and flavours sound amazing.
Excuse the possibly silly question,haven't made nut roasts before but this looks yum so will give it a go. Can I make this Christmas eve morning to have on Christmas day or should I make it on day itself? And can it be frozen? The rest of them will be eating non veggie dinner so won't all be eaten on the day.
Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche says
Hi Claire, not a silly question! :) I'd say you could definitely prepare it on Christmas Eve and then just bake it on Christmas Day. And I've not tried freezing this myself, so I can't say for sure, but I reckon it would probably be fine. To be honest though, I bet you won't have many leftovers :D Enjoy!
Katie Jane says
I've never tried a nut roast before. But this really looks delicious and I absolutely love anything with cheese in.
Gosh, it's been years since I went to a Cranks restaurant. I don’t even know where my nearest one is any more. This nut roast looks delicious, and I love carrots too. Tx
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says
I never would have thought to add cheese to a nut roast, but I am happy to add cheese to anything!
I haven't heard of Cranks before, so I am off to check them out.
Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche says
If you ever see their sandwiches and wraps anywhere, you have to try them - so much better than any other veggie lunch stuff you can get :)
Chris @thinlyspread says
Delicious! Another nut roast to add to the collection :-) I'm liking the addition of beans very much indeed!
INRFOOD Inc. says
It looks mouth watering.. and it is the healthy food...irresistible!!!!
thanks for mentioning the recipe..