Christmas Nut Roast

This Christmas Nut Roast loaded with butternut squash, nuts, and chestnuts and garnished with a festive cranberry topping, is a delicious meat-free recipe for the holiday season.

Hello, everyone. I hope you’re doing well. I’ve got something super festive and delicious today – this Christmas Nut Roast. Honestly, I never had a nut roast until this year. Indeed, I wasn’t even paying attention to those recipes. Perhaps, I wasn’t just impressed with photos – I would treat a nut roast as something boring and certainly not festive.

I must admit I was wrong!

This Christmas Nut Roast turned super delicious, and it’s very easy to make it look stunning.

What’s a nut roast? It’s a vegetarian loaf, rich and savoury (or savoury & sweet), consisting of nuts (Surprise!), seeds, legumes, vegetables and many other options. I had watched a couple of videos on YouTube and combined those ideas in this recipe. For this Christmas Nut Roast I used:

  • Butternut squash (It’s a perfect “glue” for the loaf;
  • Mixed nuts – feel free and use whatever nuts and seeds you fancy;
  • Cooked and basically mashed lentils (Perfectly hold the roast, too);
  • Minced and cooked mushrooms (Bring deep flavour);
  • Chestnuts (It’s the Christmas time, babe!);
  • Herbs and spices like sage, rosemary, and nutmeg (holiday vibes)

As I wanted to make this Christmas Nut Roast look festive, I made a simple cranberry sauce to serve with the roast. Also, sour cream or plain yogurt is an excellent addition (The roast can be slightly dry for someone’s taste, and sour cream adds that missing moisture.) This Christmas Nut Roast would be an excellent choice for your dinner or lunch. I enjoyed a large slice of this cold Christmas Nut Roast (with a generous dollop of sour cream), with my morning coffee, and it was so good.

And the best part? This recipe is super versatile. Add whatever nuts you fancy. Want a sweet & savoury combination? Add some dried cranberries, apricots, or even dates. Feeling extravagant? Think the combination of pistachios and cranberries. In fact, I was considering adding some smoky prosciutto; however, that wouldn’t already be a nut roast.

As you see – plenty of options and always a delicious result.

Cheers for now.

3 thoughts on “Christmas Nut Roast

  1. Neil says:

    Lynne is nearly completely vegetarian. So I’ve got my own go-to Christmas Nut Roast recipe but I must admit that I don’t put chestnuts in it. How silly, I mean it’s Christmas isn’t it so they should be there! Thanks for this nut roast version it looks packed with flavour!
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  2. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen says:

    I’ve never had a nut loaf and the name doesn’t make me want to try it. But the ingredient list is calling my name! I love everything you included here–this would be such a great option for vegetarians during the holidays! Great idea!

  3. David @ Spiced says:

    Interesting! I’ve never even heard of a nut roast before. We always make a beef tenderloin roast on Christmas Day, and I’m certainly not going to break with tradition there. However, I am intrigued by this recipe so I think it needs to appear sometime during the holidays for sure. Also, I second your thought of smoky prosciutto here. Sure, it’s not a vegetarian nut roast then, but oh well. It sounds delicious to me!
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