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Christmas tree nut roast

This quick recipe is a great vegetarian option for Christmas dinner.

Serving: 4
Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Difficulty: Medium


  • 200g mixed nuts
  • 40g pine nuts
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pointed pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • 100g sourdough bread, sliced
  • 390g green lentils in water
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 130g carrot, grated
  • 75g smooth peanut butter
  • 25g tomato purée
  • 100ml almond drink
  • 30ml soy sauce
  • 3 tsp chia seeds
  • 20ml warm water
  • 30ml rapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • cranberries, to garnish


  1. Line the bottom of a 160mm fluted non-stick brioche tin and oil the sides. Repeat on a 100mm fluted non-stick brioche tin and again on a 80mm fluted brioche tin
  2. Soak the chia seeds in the warm water for 5 minutes.
  3. Peel the onion, halve and finely chop.
  4. Peel and mince the garlic.
  5. Wipe the celery and chop finely.
  6. Cut the red pepper in half lengthways and remove any white pith and seeds, then chop finely.
  7. In a large frying pan, sauté the onion, red pepper, garlic and celery in the oil for 8 minutes on a low heat, then add the almond milk, soy sauce, peanut butter, tomato purée and soaked chia seeds – heat through on a low heat to melt the peanut butter and tomato purée.
  8. Break up the bread and put into a food processor, along with the mixed nuts and pine nuts and process until finely chopped.
  9. Put the onion mixture in a large bowl along with the chopped nuts, season with some salt and pepper and mix well.
  10. Drain the lentils well and add to the bowl, along with the grated carrot.
  11. Season with the paprika and salt and pepper.
  12. Pour into your prepared tins.
  13. Bake the 80mm tin for 25 minutes, bake the 100mm tin for 35 minutes and the 160mm tin for 50 minutes.
  14. Loosely cover the big tin halfway through the cooking time to prevent it getting too brown.
  15. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tins.
  16. Then, make a tree by stacking them.
  17. Decorate with some rosemary, cranberries and sage.

Recipe courtesy of ALDI Ireland.


Once it’s cooked, simply place the loaf in a bowl and mash it up with a fork for an alternative to the usual Christmas stuffing.