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Lentil Nut Roast with Brazils, Sage & Onion Stuffing and Red Wine Gravy

Lentil and Brazil Nut Roast with Sage & Onion Stuffing and Red Wine Gravy

The best nut roast ever. Simple to make and delicious to eat. Lentils & Brazil nuts are enhanced by a layer of sage & onion stuffing. Then there’s the rich wine gravy. Perfect for vegans and vegetarians alike, this lentil nut roast goes well with all the usual roast vegetables and trimmings.

I know, I know, the nut roast has had a bad press over the years. But thankfully the days of dried out bits of tasteless, hard, leathery tack are long gone. This lentil nut roast with Brazils is a perfect vehicle for all those delicious Christmas roast accompaniments, not forgetting the stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. It also stops the vegetarians and vegans feeling excluded in a mixed meal.

I’ve teamed up with Cranks and the Vegetarian Society to extol the wonders of nut roasts and other alternatives to the big bird during the festive season. Eating more vegetables helps us all in our quest to be as healthy as possible; those leafy vegetables like cabbage and Brussels sprouts are full of vitamins minerals and phytonutrients. Don’t worry about those unpronounceable names – they’re great for your metabolism if not your vocabulary. Even the humble spud is a powerhouse, nutritionally speaking.

For those wanting to reduce their intake of meat there are many delicious options out there. Take a look at the Cranks Kitchen winter menu for some inspiration. I’m very much hoping I’ll be able to make it up there for a meal myself in the next week or two. The apple, cashew and parsnip burger served with a plum ginger sauce has my name written all over it.

Nut Roast

I’ve been eating and enjoying homemade nut roasts for many years. In fact I’m a big fan and enjoy it more than ever I did the roast meat. The combination of lentils and nuts is probably my favourite. It makes for a moist loaf which has a bit of bite, but isn’t too chewy. I’ll happily add eggs to my nut roast to help with binding and to give additional nutrition, but they are not necessary and I’ve omitted them in this lentil & brazil nut roast recipe to keep it vegan and thus more inclusive.

Lentil and Brazil Nut Roast with Sage & Onion Stuffing and Red Wine Gravy

Lentil Nut Roast with Brazils, Sage & Onion Stuffing and Red Wine Gravy

This lentil & Brazil nut roast is easy to make and very tasty. CT and other non-vegetarian friends and family have all tucked into it with gusto. The lentils provide substance and moisture and the nuts provide substance and flavour. I’ve used walnuts, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts or a mixture. All are subtly different, but all are good.

I’ve included a sage and onion stuffing in the middle of this one to make it a little bit extra special for Christmas. The red wine gravy is rich and adds a note of festivity to the occasion. It’s also full of resveratrol, but hey, what did I just say about all those hard to pronounce phytonutrients?

As well as roast veg, both this braised red cabbage and stir-fried brussels sprouts go very nicely with this lentil nut roast. Or I have a post on how to cook the perfect Brussels sprouts.

Top Tips for Making a Delicious Nut Roast

I’ve made many a nut roast over the years and eaten many more. Here are a few top tips for making your nut roast as good as it can be.

  • It should first and foremost not be dry. Dry nut roasts are just horrible. But be careful not to make it too wet either, or it won’t hold together. You don’t want a dollop of sludge on the plate.
  • Don’t use whole nuts. Your nut roast needs a good, but not overly chewy texture and lumps of hard nuts can be off putting.
  • A rich umami flavour is paramount and I find adding a slug of good soy sauce such as tamari or shoyu really helps.
  • You can use an egg to help bind the mixture, but omitting this means that vegans can partake of the meal too.
  • If you’re not confident that your tin is properly non-stick, line it well. It would be a shame for it not to turn out in one piece. Alternatively, use a silicone mould. Place it inside a tin to ensure your nut roast holds its shape.
  • Most nut roasts are also delicious served with a spicy tomato sauce.

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Lentil and Brazil Nut Roast with Sage & Onion Stuffing and Red Wine Gravy
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Lentil Brazil Nut Roast with Sage & Onion Stuffing and Red Wine Gravy

The best nut roast ever. Simple to make and delicious to eat. Lentils & Brazil nuts are enhanced by a layer of sage & onion stuffing and served with rich wine gravy. Perfect for vegans and vegetarians alike, it goes well with all the usual roast vegetables and trimmings.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Soaking Time8 hrs
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Keyword: brazil nuts, Christmas, gravy, lentils, nut roast, roast dinner, stuffing, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 8 people
Author: Choclette

Ingredients

Nut Roast

  • 8 oz 225g whole brown lentils
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 celery stick - finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
  • 1 onion - finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic - finely chopped
  • 5 oz 150g Brazil nuts - ground
  • 4 oz 120g wholemeal breadcrumbs (I used rye sourdough with linseeds)
  • 4 tbsp tomato passata
  • 1 tbsp tamari or other good quality soy sauce
  • 1 tsp balsamic viniger
  • 1 tsp herbes de Provence
  • a good grinding of black pepper

Stuffing

  • 2 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 8 sage leaves - finely chopped
  • 2 oz 60g wholemeal breadcrumbs (I used rye sourdough)
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • a grind of black pepper

Red Wine Gravy

  • 1 heaped tsp brewers yeast powder or nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 heaped tbsp plain flour
  • 1 clove garlic - finely chopped
  • 300-350 ml vegetable water any water the vegetables have cooked in
  • 150 ml red wine
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • 1 tsp redcurrant jelly
  • 1 tsp tamari

Instructions

Nut Roast

  • Soak the lentils overnight in plenty of water. Give them a good rinse, then just cover with fresh clean water. Bring to the boil, add the bay leaf and celery and simmer covered for about 1/2 an hour until soft and the liquid has been absorbed. If you've added too much water, you may need to drain it off as the mixture shouldn't be too wet.
  • Fry the onions gently for about ten minutes, then add the garlic and continue frying until the onions are soft and translucent.
  • Remove the bay leaf from the lentils and mix in the onions together with the remaining ingredients.
  • Pack half the mixture into a 2lb silicone loaf tin or tin lined with baking paper.
  • Scatter the stuffing mixture over the top, then spoon in the remaining lentil mixture, pressing down to compact and create a smooth surface.
  • Bake in the middle or bottom of a hot oven for about 40 minutes (180℃-200℃), depending on what else you have in there.

Sage & Onion Stuffing

  • Fry the onions gently in the oil for 10-15 minutes until soft and translucent. This can be done at the same time as frying the onions for the nut roast.
  • Add the sage and breadcrumbs and fry for a further 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in the salt and pepper

Red Wine Gravy

  • Toast the nutritional yeast and flour in a medium pan over moderate heat for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and stir.
  • Slowly add the stock and wine whisking as you go to avoid any lumps. Keep whisking until the mixture has thickened and is lump free. You may want to add more stock at this stage, depending on how thick you like your gravy.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for five minutes or so, stirring occasionally until the flour is cooked out.

Notes

Best to get the lentils soaking the night before you need them. The longer they soak, the more digestible they become.
Can also be served with a tangy tomato sauce.

Linkies

This lentil and Brazil nut roast goes off to Jac at Tinned Tomatoes for Meat Free Mondays.

This post was commissioned by Cranks. Opinions are, as always, my own. Thanks to my readers for supporting the brands and organisations that help to keep Tin and Thyme blithe and blogging.

61 Comments

  1. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    15th December 2015 at 3:23 pm

    This sounds great, I love a good nut roast. It’s great to find veggie main courses that go so well with roast potatoes and gravy 😀

    Reply
    • Choclette

      15th December 2015 at 4:31 pm

      Exactly Becca. I hate it when you get a virtual veggie meal in itself for Christmas dinner and don’t really feel you can tuck into all the other bits and pieces.

      Reply
  2. Chris @thinlyspread

    15th December 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I’m loving the collection of nut roasts across our foodie blogs all drawn together by Cranks 🙂 This looks particularly delicious and would go down a treat with my vegan boy as well as the veggie rest of us!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      15th December 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks Chris. I had a hard time finding any nut roasts to link to when I did my post, so it’s good we’re getting a few more recipes out there. I’ll be hopping over to have a look at yours in a mo.

      Reply
  3. Dom

    15th December 2015 at 3:44 pm

    I’m a huge nut roast fan. This looks so good and packed full of loveliness. I’m not doing a nut roast this year but a veggie raised pie but this would be coming in a close second. x

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    • Choclette

      15th December 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Ooh, a veggie raised pie sounds rather good too Dom. But you always produce something wonderful I feel rather desperate to share 🙂

      Reply
  4. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    15th December 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I don’t understand why nut roast has such a bad reputation, because I love it! Yours looks delicious too. I will be making some over Christmas.

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    • Choclette

      15th December 2015 at 4:35 pm

      I think it’s from back in the day Dannii when if you ate a nut roast in a cafe or restaurant, it was pretty dire. I’ve had some awful ones in my time. Lots of good ones too of course 😉

      Reply
  5. Glamorous Glutton

    15th December 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I’ve not tried a nut roast since the bad press days. Actually almost all our cooking was pretty dreadful in the 70s, but the nut roast didn’t get a later reprieve. This sounds delicious and as I’ve always been a lover of lentils I’m sure this would be great. GG

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    • Choclette

      15th December 2015 at 7:40 pm

      Haha GG, I think it’s time you tried one again 😉

      Reply
  6. Platter Talk

    15th December 2015 at 5:22 pm

    I’ve never had a nut roast before; it looks savory and wonderful; thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      15th December 2015 at 7:42 pm

      I’ve just had some of it for supper again tonight and I can confirm it’s savoury and wonderful 🙂

      Reply
  7. LydiaF

    15th December 2015 at 6:09 pm

    I haven’t used Brazil nuts for any type of veggie loaf or burger. Now I feel like I’ve been missing out. I’ll definitely pick some up when I come across them!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      15th December 2015 at 7:45 pm

      Brazil nuts just have to be tried Lydia 😉

      Reply
  8. Sammie

    15th December 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Can I just say I am a meat eater. I don’t eat a lot of meat, in fact as a family we can make a medium free range chicken last at least 2 days. I love my veggies, including brussels, brussel tops and kale and I would happily sit down and eat this for my dinner. It looks so inviting and sounds delicious. I really would like to try and make this, maybe post Christmas when I can use up all the leftover nuts, assuming there are any! I do think it is important for meat eaters, not only to limit their meat intake and try meatless meals, but also to cater considerately for vegans and vegetarians. If I were cooking for a group and a couple weren’t partakers of meat, everyone would be served this nut roast. So important to be inclusive and all eat together. Fab post. Sammie.

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    • Choclette

      15th December 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Ah thanks Sammie, you are lovely. CT eats meat, but is happy to only eat veggie at home. I think it would be good if people just ate a bit less and realised there are lots of tasty alternatives out there.

      Reply
  9. genna st michael

    15th December 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration, I was thinking of just bunging a nut cutlet in the oven for me this year as the rest of the family will have meat – but now I reckon I’ll give this recipe a go. It sounds delicious!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      15th December 2015 at 9:18 pm

      No, no, don’t just bung in a nut cutlet! Do give this a go. You can always make a smaller quantity and it’s absolutely fine reheated up to a couple of days later.

      Reply
  10. nazima

    15th December 2015 at 11:05 pm

    I can imagine this makes a lovely and filling main course for a roast dinner and the flavours sound delicious. Yum!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      16th December 2015 at 8:43 am

      Thanks Nazima. It’s such a flexible recipe, the flavourings can easily be tailored to suit.

      Reply
  11. Tracy @ Served from Scratch

    16th December 2015 at 12:50 am

    I’ve never had a nut roast before – and I feel like I’m totally missing out! Will have to add this to my must try list!!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      16th December 2015 at 8:44 am

      Haha, thanks Tracy. If your must try list is anything like as long as mine, you might make it in a decade or so 😉

      Reply
  12. Nellie

    16th December 2015 at 2:52 am

    This is a really great meat alternative recipe perfect for the holiday’s! A lot of flavors and textures makes this sound far from boring! Well done!

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    • Choclette

      16th December 2015 at 8:47 am

      Thanks Nellie. I can honestly say that having eaten it three days on the trot, neither of us are bored of it yet 😉

      Reply
  13. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    16th December 2015 at 3:55 am

    Yay for nut roasts – christmas would not be christmas without one – so much good stuff in them and lovely to see you extoll their virtues – your nut roast sounds great and I always love the idea of stuffing in one – thanks for featuring one of my nut roasts too

    Reply
    • Choclette

      16th December 2015 at 8:51 am

      I am with you 100 percent Johanna. Having found something I really like, I tend to just do variations on a theme, but I really must branch out and try one of yours one day.

      Reply
  14. Sara @ Life's Little Sweets

    16th December 2015 at 5:36 am

    I love how the stuffing is shaped, it makes for a lovely presentation, especially for the holidays, thank you for sharing this recipe!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      16th December 2015 at 8:53 am

      Thanks Sara. Roll on the holidays I say 🙂

      Reply
  15. Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen

    16th December 2015 at 9:47 am

    A nut roast is a brilliant idea for vegetarians and non. Nuts are very tasty and this recipe looks really good. Very nice!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      16th December 2015 at 11:54 am

      Thanks Alida. Everyone I know who’s tried it has liked it 🙂

      Reply
  16. Janie

    16th December 2015 at 10:22 am

    Never, ever had a homemade nut roast, even after 8 year of being veggie. However I do vaguely remember something in a can that I’m pretty sure called itself a nut roast, and I’m pretty sure I never even opened as it looked beyond gross!
    That said, there is nothing in your ingredients list that I don’t absolutely love so I’m actually quite excited about popping my nut roast cherry 😉
    Janie x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      16th December 2015 at 11:55 am

      I’m finding this post a real eye opener as to how many vegetarians have never tried a nut roast. Go on Janie, give it a go, you know you want to 😉

      Reply
  17. Claudia | Gourmet Project

    16th December 2015 at 2:21 pm

    I’ve never done a nut roast before, but thanks to you I will soon!

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    • Choclette

      16th December 2015 at 6:27 pm

      Oh, I do hope so Claudia – I love them 🙂

      Reply
  18. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

    16th December 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Been wanting to try some more exciting nut roast recipes this xmas so will bookmark this to try.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      16th December 2015 at 9:08 pm

      We had it three nights in a row Bintu and I’m already missing it 😉

      Reply
  19. Ali @ Home & Plate

    16th December 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Your nut roast has all the right tips to turn out perfectly. Looks wonderful and perfect for the holidays.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      17th December 2015 at 8:57 am

      Thanks Ali. This nut roast looks good on any Christmas table and it tastes very good too.

      Reply
  20. Jessica

    17th December 2015 at 1:18 am

    I haven’t had nut roast before, but I’m definitely intrigued! I love that you’ve created a healthier main dish!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      17th December 2015 at 8:50 am

      Thanks Jessica. it’s always good to try new things, because you just never know … 😉

      Reply
  21. Diana

    17th December 2015 at 11:53 am

    This looks AMAZING! Very healthy and must be very delicious too!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      17th December 2015 at 4:22 pm

      It is delicious Diana. Having eaten it three nights on the trot, I’m sort of missing it now 😉

      Reply
  22. Nayna Kanabar

    17th December 2015 at 2:13 pm

    This looks delicious and very moist. I would not mind this for xmas dinner.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      17th December 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Thanks Nayna. I wouldn’t mind it for my Christmas dinner either. My mother is cooking this year, but I expect I will get something equally delicious.

      Reply
  23. All That I'm Eating

    17th December 2015 at 3:31 pm

    I love a nut roast, really handy tips you’ve given there too about the size of the nuts. Always good with plenty of gravy!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      17th December 2015 at 4:24 pm

      I’m glad there are a few nut roast fans coming out of the woodwork – the concept needs reviving 😉

      Reply
  24. Fiona @ London-Unattached

    17th December 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Glad Cranks are talking to you! I’ve not heard anything from them. I have to admit I’ve never ever eaten nut roast. I WILL try, but probably not for Christmas day (actually I’m not cooking!)

    Reply
    • Choclette

      17th December 2015 at 6:43 pm

      Haha Fiona, I would be most surprised if you ended up eating a nut roast for your Christmas dinner. But it really is worth trying at some point.

      Reply
  25. Abida

    18th December 2015 at 11:51 am

    Yes, I will admit that nut roasts conjure up memories of tasteless school dinners! However, my tastes have changed a lot now and I love lentils so would love to try this out.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th December 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Haha Abida, you were lucky. We had nothing as exotic as nut roasts at school 😉

      Reply
  26. Donna

    18th December 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Oh I need to try this out! Last time I made a nut roast, it was less than stellar, so I need to redeem myself, and this sounds like it would do the job 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th December 2015 at 8:49 am

      Oh what a shame Donna. It’s so frustrating when we make something and it doesn’t go according to plan. Hope you fare better with this one.

      Reply
  27. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    18th December 2015 at 11:58 pm

    I love a good nut roast and this one looks amazing. Bookmarked!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th December 2015 at 8:52 am

      Well I must say your nut roast looks amazing Kate. I hope you didn’t mind me linking to it.

      Reply
      • Kate - gluten free alchemist

        23rd December 2015 at 11:15 pm

        Ooops! I’m so sorry Choclette! I managed to miss that….. Thank you so much xxx

        Reply
        • Choclette

          24th December 2015 at 9:27 am

          It looks like a fab recipe Kate. Merry Christmas 🙂

          Reply
  28. Lesley @ Cheap Vegetarian Meals

    20th December 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I was looking for a perfect nut roast to serve at my vegetarian Christmas dinner at home this year and this looks absolutely delicious! I have cashew nuts at the ready so I might have to substitute, but you have definitely inspired me. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      20th December 2015 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks Lesley, I’m so glad. I’ve made this with cashews before and they work really well too. Merry Christmas 🙂

      Reply
  29. Tracey Mitchell

    3rd January 2016 at 8:21 pm

    I am always prepareing vegetables so these knifes would be very useful especially with the swede as these are very tough .

    Reply
  30. BJ

    11th January 2019 at 7:00 am

    Has anyone who posted comments actually made this or are they all just saying how great it sounds? I would much prefer to hear from people who can give feedback after making the recipe. I usually base my cooking on positive recipe feedback from others.

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    • Choclette

      11th January 2019 at 8:24 am

      I’m afraid I can’t answer that one as I can’t compel people to come back and leave feedback here once they’ve made one of my recipes. I do get feedback from people that have in all sorts of places, verbally, by e-mail, social media and sometimes in comments left here on the blog, but I’m afraid that doesn’t really help you with this one.

      Reply

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