Parsnip Cashew Nut Roast Recipe
Parsnip and Cashew Nut Roast Recipe
The combination of sweet parsnips and rich nutty flavor makes this nut roast a fantastic vegetarian or vegan option for Christmas or Thanksgiving. But why wait for a special occasion? This simple vegetarian cashew and parsnip bake is ideal for dinner parties or everyday dining for all the family. It can be easily adapted for vegans - see below!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 8 oz (225 g) cashew nuts
- 4 oz (110 g) breadcrumbs
- 8 oz (225 g) mushrooms, finely chopped
- 1 egg (or 2 tbsp potato starch or soy flour for a vegan alternative)
- 3 medium parsnips, cooked and mashed
- 1 tsp fresh rosemary / 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 tsp fresh thyme / 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp yeast extract (e.g. Marmite or vegemite)
- 1/4 pint (150 ml) hot water
- salt and pepper
- margerine or soya spread for greasing tin
Ten Easy Steps
- Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius / 350 degrees fahrenheit
- Boil the parsnips in water. When they are cooked and soft, mash them with a potato masher.
- Finely chop onions, garlic and mushrooms. Fry them in the olive oil until the onions are caramelized and the mushrooms are lightly cooked.
- Pull the bread into pieces and place in a food processor with the nuts. Blend them to a coarse powder and place into a large mixing bowl.
- Add the onions, mushrooms, garlic and mashed parsnips. Mix in the egg (or the starch with a little water).
- Dissolve the yeast extract in 1/4 hot water and add it to the mixture a little at a time, stirring well. The final mixture should have a slightly sticky community. If using starch rather than egg to bind the nut roast together, you might find that you need to add slightly more liquid to get the right consistency.
- Grease the tin and line it with baking paper, then grease the inside of the paper. Putting grease on both sides of the paper helps the paper to stick to the tin and not to the mixture, which makes the cooked nut roast easier to get out!
- Place into the pre-heated oven and bake for 1 hour at 180 C / 350 F.
- Remove the nut roast from the oven and stand for 10 minutes, covered in foil. Invert the tin and shake gently to remove the nut roast.
- Slice up and serve with leeks, sprouts, potatoes... or whatever takes your fancy!
So... What'Ya Gonna Cook That Nut Roast In?
Don't let your kitchenware let you down on Christmas Day! You'll need a baking tin to cook your nut roast.
Veganizing This Recipe
Instead of using an egg to bind ingredients together, as in this recipe, you can achieve the same effect by substituting the egg with two tablespoons of potato starch, corn starch, or soy flour.
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