Halloumi and pistachio nut roast

Halloumi and pistachio nut roast
  • Serves icon Serves 6
  • Time icon Hands-on time 45 min, oven time 1 hour

Hosting a vegetarian Christmas? This epic halloumi and pistachio nut roast is packed full of flavour and a healthy helping of wow-factor.

Check out our popular maple-glazed parsnip, chestnut and feta loaf for a veggie main that everyone will want a slice of.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
446kcals
Fat
24.9g (9.8g saturated)
Protein
14.8g
Carbohydrates
38.6g (13.3g sugars)
Fibre
4.1g
Salt
1g
Calories
446kcals
Fat
24.9g (9.8g saturated)
Protein
14.8g
Carbohydrates
38.6g (13.3g sugars)
Fibre
4.1g
Salt
1g

Ingredients

  • 50g butter, plus extra to grease
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 4 banana shallots, chopped
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 125g chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 175g cooked basmati rice
  • 120g fresh sourdough breadcrumbs
  • 50g hazelnuts, finely chopped
  • 50g pistachios, finely chopped
  • 125g halloumi cheese, grated
  • 2 medium free-range eggs, lightly beaten
  • Handful chopped fresh dill, plus extra to serve
  • Handful chopped fresh parsley, plus extra to serve
  • Handful chopped fresh mint, plus extra to serve
  • Finely grated zest ½ lemon
  • Finely grated zest ½ orange
  • 50g dried berries and cherries
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses, plus extra to drizzle
  • Pomegranate seeds to serve

You’ll also need… 

  • 900g loaf tin, greased with butter

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. Melt the butter in a frying pan over a low heat. Add the onion, shallots, carrots and garlic, then fry gently for 5 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms and cook, stirring, for 5-10 minutes until softened.
  2. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and stir in all the remaining ingredients, apart from the pomegranate seeds, until well combined. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and use the back of a spoon to pack it down and smooth the top.
  3. Bake for 1 hour or until well browned and the nut roast feels firm to the touch. You may need to cover with a piece of foil or baking paper if it browns too quickly. Serve drizzled with the extra pomegranate molasses and scattered with the extra herbs and the pomegranate seeds, alongside the usual Christmas vegetables.

delicious. tips

  1. Make up to 24 hours ahead, cover and chill. Bake as in the recipe (step 3). The cooked nut roast will keep for a few days in the fridge. Reheat or serve cold as part of a spread.

  2. Look out for mixed packs of dried berries and cherries in the supermarket, or use dried sour cherries or sultanas.

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