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    Nut roast

    This delicious recipe makes a great meat-free alternative for Christmas Dinner, or as a main meal throughout the year.

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 1 hour
    • Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

    Serves: 4 - 6

    Ingredients

    Knob butter, plus extra for greasing
    1 onion, chopped
    2 carrots, grated
    1 clove garlic, crushed
    125g chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped
    175g cooked brown rice
    115g fresh brown breadcrumbs
    55g almonds, finely chopped
    55g brazil nuts, finely chopped
    125g vegetarian Cheddar cheese, grated
    2 medium eggs, beaten
    1tbsp chopped fresh oregano
    1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
    1 tsp salt
    1-2 tsp ground black pepper

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 180ÂșC, gas mark 4.  Grease a 900g loaf tin with butter.
    2. Warm the butter in a frying pan over a low heat.  Add the onion,  carrots, garlic and fry gently for 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, for a further 5-10 minutes until soft.
    3. Remove from the heat leave to cool for a couple of minutes, then stir in all the remaining ingredients.
    4. Spoon into the prepared tin and cook for 1 hour or until browned and firm.  Cover with foil towards the end of cooking if it becomes too dark in colour.  Serve hot or cold with all the Christmas trimmings, or at other times of the year with fresh tomato sauce.

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