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Serve up this Brazil nut roast as a meat-free alternative for Christmas dinner or Sunday lunch. Full of protein and vegetables, it’s a healthy option too
Serves: 6
Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 1 hr
Total time: 1 hr 15 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort
Costs: Mid-price

 

Ingredients

 

    • 200g (7oz) Brazil nuts, chopped

 

    • 30g (1oz) butter

 

    • 1 onion, finely chopped

 

    • 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped

 

    • 1 stick celery, finely chopped

 

    • 1 green chilli, deseeded and chopped

 

    • 100g (31⁄2oz) mature Cheddar cheese

 

    • 2 medium eggs

 

    • 50g (13⁄4oz) fresh white breadcrumbs

 

    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

 

    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

 

    • Finely grated rind of 1 lemon

 

    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

    • Vegetable gravy, to serve, optional

 

You will also need:

    • 500g (1lb) loaf tin, buttered and lined with a strip of baking parchment

 

 

Method

 

 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.

 

    1. Reserve about 2 tablespoons nuts and spread rest out on a baking sheet. Roast them in the oven for 5-10 minutes until they start to turn golden, then remove from oven.

 

    1. Melt the butter in a frying pan and add the onion. Cook for about 5 minutes over a medium heat until it starts to soften, then add the carrot, celery and chilli to the pan and cook for a further 5-7 minutes until the vegetables soften. Tip them into a bowl.

 

    1. Reserve about 2-3 tablespoons of the cheese. Add the rest to the vegetables, along with the nuts, eggs, breadcrumbs, parsley, thyme and lemon rind. Season well.

 

    1. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and sprinkle over the reserved nuts and cheese.  Bake in the centre of the oven for 35-45 minutes, or until golden brown and just firm ot the touch in the centre.

 

    1. Remove loaf from oven and leave it to cool in the tin for about 5 minutes before turning it out and slicing to serve iwth gravy, if you like.

 

 

 

Nutritional information per portion

 

 

fat 35.0g saturates 13.0g calories 411(kcal)

 

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.