RECIPE | Chrismas vegetable loaf

This nutty, cheesy roasted vegetable loaf is a great side dish to serve with any roast. It can handily double as a main course for any vegetarian guests too

17 December 2019 - 11:56 By Hilary Biller
Christmas vegetable loaf.
Christmas vegetable loaf.
Image: Craig Scott

Serves: 8


1 green pepper, seeded and very finely diced

1 onion, finely chopped

1 large carrot, finely chopped

2 celery sticks, finely chopped

1 large courgette, finely diced

3 sprigs fresh thyme

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

45ml (3 tbsp) olive oil

Salt and pepper

300g mixed mushrooms, finely diced

1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten

200g mature cheddar cheese, grated

50g mixed nuts, lightly toasted and roughly chopped

120g (1 cup) dried breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  2. Place the green pepper, onion, carrot, celery, courgette, thyme and garlic in a roasting pan. Pour over the oil, toss to coat well and season. Roast for 20 minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms and roast for a further 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool before adding the egg, three-quarters of the cheese, the nuts and three-quarters of the breadcrumbs.
  5. Spoon into a loaf pan lined with baking paper and sprinkle with the remaining cheese and breadcrumbs.
  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes at 180ºC, then turn out and slice.