Pine Nut and Carrot Roast

This was the first year I celebrated Christmas in Germany, and I decided to make my favourite nut roast with the traditional English trimmings; roast potatoes, roast parsnips and brussels sprouts. I served it with a rich tomato sauce.

I was a little flustered, as I’m always afraid it will collapse when I turn it out the tin… but I was lucky once again! Phew!


(The garnish was added a little hastily!)

It slices well, and has a lovely moist texture. The recipe is from one of my favourite cooks, Rose Elliot, and the recipe can be found here on the Vegetarian Society website. I’ve made it at least 6 or 7 times before, and it has always been a big hit, so I really do recommend it… and not just for Christmas!

Rose Elliot’s Pine Nut and Carrot Roast


Here’s a summary of the very quick and simple recipe:

Saute 1 finely chopped onion in 25g/1oz butter/margarine in a large frying pan. Add 225g/8oz finely grated carrots and 2 finely chopped celery sticks (I missed out the celery and added an extra carrot). Cook without a lid for 10 minutes. Now stir in 225g/8oz finely chopped pine nuts, 2 tbsps chopped parsley, a squeeze of lemon juice, and 2 free range eggs or 2 veg eggs (e.g1 1/2 tbsps ground flax seed mixed with 4 tbsps cold water, to make the recipe vegan)Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and a little twist of freshly grated nutmeg. Place in a greased 500g/1lb loaf tin, and bake at 180°C/350°F for 40 minutes. Turn out onto a plate and slice to serve with the sauce of your choice.


Did you enjoy your Christmas dinner?


37 thoughts on “Pine Nut and Carrot Roast

  1. Looks great – I was going to do a nutty roast and then just before i started making it i was told the people i was making it for weren’t turning up – so now i have load of nuts (and cranberries and chesnuts) and i don’t want nut roast anymore…

  2. Not a vegetarian by any means, I love having a few meals each week in the genre. This looks and reads absolutely superb!! Not an ingredient I do not like! So, as soon as the NY is over [don’t think of this as a winter dish!], we’ll have a tryout 🙂 ! Thank you and may 2013 bring not only what you desire but a whole lot of wonderful surprises! [OK, have loved the snow falling all around me . . .]

  3. Our traditional dinner on christmas eve didn´t take place for the first time. My mother wasn´t well and we were not in the right mood. I hope 2013 will be a better year!

  4. That sounds interesting, and not something I’ve encountered before…Though we’re dedicated omnivores around here, I do try to go meatless several times per week. Might have give this a go!
    Christmas dinner was wonderful – the little ones ate more than the grownups!

  5. Now that does look good Cathy and I could well be tempted. Used to eat a lot of nut roasts in my veggie days and thoroughly enjoyed them. I imagine that it would go down well with some salad. Our Christmas dinner was most tasty – a mixture of English and Italian fare 🙂

  6. Looks really tasty Cathy – and it goes with all the ‘traditional’ Christmas veg too. I haven’t made a nut roast in ages… maybe it’s time to try one again.

  7. This is my kind of dish! I love this and can’t wait to make it myself. We had turkey and ham at my mom’s for Christmas dinner. I’m not exactly on the same page as the rest of my family! Hahaha! Thank you for this delicious veggie alternative! 🙂

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