While I based this recipe very heavily on this (http://www.simpleveganrecipes.co.uk/index.html?recipe=recipes/vegan-nutroast-recipe.html), I am going to write it according to the minor changes I made. The printed version is a little funnier because it reads “bread made into crumbs” while the online recipe reads simply “breadcrumbs”. Since I make a fair amount of bread, I used actual crumbed bread. I think the various chunks of bread provided a more interesting texture than if I had used packaged breadcrumbs. Of course, with the latter it is also difficult to tell if they are truly vegan.
- 1t olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped small (but not diced)
- 1 grated carrot (I shredded it with a peeler)
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 stick of celery, chopped
- 2oz. sliced mushrooms, chopped — about 1/4 cup
- 8 oz. chopped mixed nuts — about 1 cup
- 1 oz. (25g) wheat flour — about 4t (I’ll confirm later and update)
- 5 fl. oz. (125ml) vegetable stock
- 2oz. (50g) breadcrumbs — about 1/4c
- 1T Mixed herbs — I used rosemary, sage, and basil at 1t each
- 1/2t salt (or to taste)
- 1/4t pepper (or to taste)
Preheat oven to Gas Mark 5 / 190 °C / 375 °F.
Heat the oil in a pan and saute the onion until translucent (5-10 minutes). Add pepper, celery and mushrooms and saute for 2 minutes — only trying to bring them up to temperature. Add the grated carrot and saute for one more minute. Remove from the heat, add the flour and stir. Add vegetable stock, nuts, breadcrumbs, mixed herbs and a little salt and pepper, and mix well. Grease the inside of a loaf tin. Put the mixture into the tin, pressing it down with a spoon. Bake for 40 minutes.
As with so many adventures, my very first step (bite, in this case) resulted in a “this isn’t what I bargained for”. For some reason, I was expecting something more like a “meat loaf” from this, but it was nothing like it. This was a “roasted nut casserole”. I think the next time I will subject the nuts and mushrooms to a joy ride in the Machine of Whirling Blades to get a more granular texture out of them. Perhaps that would help it be more “loafy” in texture. An Ooze of Vegetable Broth (aka a gravy) might help as well.