This delicious vegetarian cashew and mushroom roast features in my meal plans from time to time and is always a hit. It is from Sarah Brown’s classic veggie cookery book, Vegetarian Kitchen, which features loads of timeless and reliable dishes.
You could make your cashew and mushroom roast gluten free very easily by whizzing up the ends of a gluten free loaf for the breadcrumbs. Leave out the egg and fry your mushrooms in oil to make it vegan. I am sure it will bind pretty well without it.
There are lots of reasons to eat more vegetarian food. We are hearing constantly about how we should all help to avert the climate crisis by eating less meat and dairy.
Also, nuts are really good for you, containing a plethora of heart healthy fatty acids, vitamins and minerals (see this post from Nutrition and You for more detail).
Layered Cashew and Mushroom Roast
1 tbsp oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
8oz (225g) cashew nuts
4 oz (110g) fresh breadcrumbs
3 med parsnips, cooked and mashed
1 tsp yeast extract, dissolved in 1/4 pint boiling water
1 0z (25g) butter
8 oz (225g) mushrooms
Heat the oven to 180C. Cook and mash your parsnips. Fry the onion and garlic in the oil gently until soft. Grind the cashew nuts (I just whizz them in my food processor), then mix with the breadcrumbs. Add the beaten egg, then stir in the mashed parsnips, herbs and onion. Mix well and then add the yeast extract dissolved in the hot water. Season with some salt and pepper.
Melt the butter or oil and sauté the chopped mushrooms. Grease and line a 2lb (900g) loaf tin and press in half of the nut mixture. Cover with the mushrooms and then top with the rest of the nut mix. Press down, cover with foil and bake for 1 hour. I like to remove the foil for the last 10 minutes to slightly brown the top. Leave it in the tin for another 10 minutes to cool before turning it out and slicing.
We enjoy this with all the usual Sunday roast trimmings and some veggie gravy.
I wish I knew what had happened to Sarah Brown. She has some other books available but nothing very recent. I keep saying it is high time there was another vegetarian TV series, so maybe she will come back?
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