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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.18 / 5 (341 votes)

Prep time:
15 min
Cook time:
45 min

Vegetarians get a five-star Christmas main dish with this special five-nut treat


1. Place the nuts in a dry frying pan over a moderate flame. Toast, stirring gently, until golden and fragrant, taking care not to burn. Remove to a bowl and leave to cool.

2. Whizz in a food processor until thoroughly ground.

3. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Generously grease a loaf tin with butter.

4. In a large bowl, combine the ground nuts with all remaining ingredients. Mix very thoroughly.

5. Scoop the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until firm and golden. Cool slightly, then turn out.


  • 250 g mixed nuts, (walnuts, hazelnuts, sesame seeds, almonds, cashews)
  • 100 g shallots, (about 4 small or 0.5 banana shallot), finely chopped
  • 400 g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 eggs, beaten
  • 100 g gruy√®re cheese, or mature cheddar cheese, grated
  • 0.5 tsp dried thyme
  • 0.5 tsp dried sage
  • 0.5 tsp dried mint
  • 1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Marmite, or other yeast extract blended with 1 tsp boiling water
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 pinches black pepper
  • 1 cubes butter, for greasing tin

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Good recipe - I mixed up some flavours as couldn't get any sage or mint on Christmas eve, used rosemary and cinnamon which gave it a peculiar kick off the tongue.

Only thing I would say is I like others found the cooking times way out - I strained a 400g can of chopped tomatoes to hopefully make it drier, but it still sat in the oven for an hour at 180, before being removed, wrapped and transported to the parent's house where it had another half hour.

Still happy to rate 4 stars despite the cooking time issue, as it was simple to make and tasty, the whole family had some with their Christmas dinners!

IanP79147 IanP79147  Posted 26 Dec 2012 9:58 AM

Beautiful. So tasty. I cook it every week & it can last 4 days. Cook on top shelf for 45 mins Gas 8 & it comes out perfect. Have tried different temperatures & shelf levels but this is the one that works for me - Gas 8 for 45 mins = perfect.

DebbieN14630 DebbieN14630  Posted 16 Apr 2012 2:22 PM

Cooked it for 55 minutes but it was still a bit sloppy, despite looking crispy on the top. I mashed it back in the tin for another ten minutes on 210 degrees and it was a lot better.

In terms of taste I was amazed at how much flavour there was in it. I will certainly make it again.

We did it with a roast meal and there was probably enough for 8 servings.

AnthonyB53040 AnthonyB53040  Posted 25 Oct 2011 4:31 PM

How long will this last after cooking?

julieL84533 julieL84533 Posted 20 Dec 2010 6:55 PM

Delicious, was slightly undercooked but decided it was better undercooked then to overcook the veg.
Would definitely cook this again.

PaulR38273 PaulR38273 Posted 10 Dec 2010 12:57 PM

This was so easy to make and so delicious, fantstic!!!

Whybs Whybs Posted 13 Nov 2010 8:07 AM

have you tried Gmarmite?

paulB12673 paulB12673 Posted 22 Dec 2008 9:08 PM

Marmite? I live in Gturkey any ideas of a substitute????

Cleary Cleary Posted 22 Sep 2008 9:34 PM