Kitchen Play List: Thunder ~ Only You Can Make Me Cry Dizzee Rascal ~ Dirtee Disco Martina McBride ~ Some Say I'm Running Simply Red ~ Something Got Me Started Slash ft Fergie ~ Beautiful Dangerous The Beach Boys ~ Do It Again I left the decision for our main Christmas meal up to My Love this year...and very quickly the reply came back with this loaf. I wasn't disappointed either. For those who are familiar with the British cook book author Rose Elliot you will probably have tried this loaf. Or maybe not? lol. It's from Vegetarian Christmas
I first made it about 5 years ago for the first Friends' Christmas Gathering and it went down a storm and we both loved it too. It isn't hard to make once you get started and smells so good baking in the oven. My Mum was here when I made the festive loaves for the holidays and she was practically drooling as this one baked. lol.
The flavour is very savoury and it has a beautiful creamy texture. And looks very good when sliced and served, due to the parsley herb stuffing layer that runs through the centre. I serve it with low fat roast potatoes and parsnips, steamed carrots and sprouts and sometimes broccoli. And always have a boat of veggie gravy for those weird gravy loving folks! ;o) lol Now I'm not the biggest lover of white bread and rarely eat it. But this recipe does need white breadcrumbs. I have tried it with wholemeal and it loses something...so that's why this loaf is a 'High Days and Holidays' dish. I hope you give it a try and as always I would be happy to hear how you got on...
Cashew Nut Loaf with Parsley Stuffing ~ How lovely does it look, eh?
Cashew Nut Loaf with Parsley Serves 6 (Recipe from Vegetarian Christmas/Elliot)
Herb Stuffing 1 small onion 25g/1oz/ 1/2 cup of fresh parsley 125g/4oz/2 cups white breadcrumbs 50g/2oz/4 tbsp softened vegan margarine 1/2 tsp dried marjoram and thyme sea salt freshly ground black pepper
Loaf 50g/2oz/4tbsp vegan margarine 1 large onion, peeled and sliced 225g/8oz/1 3/4 cups unroasted cashew nuts 125g/4oz white bread, crusts removed 2 large garlic cloves 200ml/7 fl oz/scant 1 cup water or vegetable stock sea salt freshly ground black pepper grated nutmeg 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 quantity of Herb Stuffing Make the stuffing first...Peel and grate the onion. Chop the parsley. Place the onion and parsley in a bowl and add the softened butter, dried thyme and marjoram. Season with salt and pepper, then mix all the ingredients together well. Set to one side.
For the loaf...Set the oven to 200'C/400'F/Gas Mark 6. Prepare a 450g1 lb loaf pan. Fully line the tin with parchment paper. Melt most of the remaining margarine in a medium sized pan, add the onion and saute for about 10 minutes until tender but not browned. Remove from the heat.
Grind the cashew nuts in a processor with the bread and garlic, then add to the onion together with the water or stock, salt, pepper, grated nutmeg and lemon juice to taste. Put half of the cashew nut mixture into the prepared tin, top with herb stuffing, then spoon the rest of the nut mixture. Smooth over. Dot with the remaining butter...(I don't! ~R~)
Bake for around 30 minutes until firm and lightly browned. Cover the roast with foil if it gets too brown before then. Cool for a minute or two in the tin, turn the nut roast out onto a serving dish and then carefully peel away the paper. Garnish with sprigs of parsley and/or slices of lemon. Serve.
Our Cashew Nut Roast nestled in amongst our veggies..lol Love that green from the stuffing.