This Vegan Nut Roast recipe is delicious, easy to prepare and will delight vegans and meat eaters alike. A wonderfully festive nut roast with lentils, mushrooms, nuts and cranberries that’s perfect for Christmas Dinner.
100g(¾ cup) pistachios or mixed nutscoarsely chopped
100g(1 cup) dried cranberriesfinely chopped
2tbspground flaxseed mixed with 1 ½ tbsp hot water
2tbspyeast flakes, optional
2tbspsmooth cranberry sauce, warm to glaze
Vegan Onion Gravy
480ml(2 cups) hot vegetable stock
2tbspsoy sauce or Henderson's Relish
Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 220C (425F). Process the shallots, garlic cloves and sage in a mini chopper until finely minced. Do the same with the mushrooms. You can also chop these with a knife of course!
Heat a little olive oil in a pan and sauté the minced vegetables for a few minutes until they have softened.
Add the lentils, salt and yeast flakes and stir to combine. Mash everything together or use an immersion blender to blend until you have a slightly coarse texture.
Add the mustard, flaxseed, chestnuts, breadcrumbs, cranberries and pistachios. Mix together really well.
Pack the nut roast mix into a greased mini bundt or small loaf tin lined with baking paper. Bake for 45-50 minutes until firm. Carefully turn out of the tin just before serving brush with the cranberry sauce to glaze.
Pan fry the onions in a little vegan spread over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring, until softened but not browned. Stir in the flour and mustard cook for a minute. Gradually add the vegetable stock, stirring all the while. Add the soy sauce and simmer until the gravy thickens. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed. You can strain the gravy if you like and discard the onions.
Cut your nut roast into slices and serve with the gravy.
PREP AHEAD Prepare the nut roast and pack into the tin up to a day ahead. Keep covered, in the fridge, until ready to cook.
VARIATIONS Add 120g (1/2 cup) grated cheddar cheese to make a vegetarian nut roast. Feel free to replace the pistachios with other nuts.
VEGAN GRAVY You can use half a teaspoon of Xanthan Gum to thicken the gravy if you don’t want to use flour.
TOP TIP Make sure the texture of the nut roast mixture is not too coarse otherwise the nut loaf will be difficult to slice without crumbling.
LEFTOVERS Keep any leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days and reheat before serving.