Sunday, April 27, 2014

The First Nut-Loaf

Photographing the spring flowers... :-)
When my folks were in town for Passover the last two weeks,

My parents hand-made matzah for our Passover seders!! How cool is that?!?

my creative mother baked our first nut-loaf. I know, I know, I am just now having my first nut-loaf?!? I was a vegan for 14 years, a raw veganist for a period of time, and have spent the rest of my life as a plant-focused mostly-veg flexitarian, and I am just now having my first nut loaf?!? What can I say? I have been missing out. Seriously missing out.

Nut Loaf - Vegan and Kosher for Passover and Year-Round
Adapted from

2 medium onions
1 pound russet potatoes, unpeeled OR 1 lb butternut squash cubes (for the SCD-legal version)
3 cloves garlic, divided 
2 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided 
2 cups whole almonds
1/3 cup walnuts
1/3 cup pecans
2 medium tomatoes, diced 
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme 
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram 
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 
Dash of cayenne
1 large ripe tomato, diced

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and lightly oil an 8 x 8-inch ovenproof baking dish.
~ Cut the onions in half. Coarsely chop one of the halves and set it aside. Cut the remaining onions into chunks and pulse-chop them in the food processor until minced. Transfer them to a large bowl and set aside.
~ Scrub the potatoes or butternut squash, cut them into coarse chunks, and put them into a 2-quart saucepan. Coarsely chop 1 of the garlic cloves and add it to the saucepan along with the 1/2 coarsely chopped onions, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and water to cover. Cover the saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender.
~ Thoroughly drain the potatoes or butternut squash and onions in a colander to remove all the liquid, and transfer them to a medium bowl. Mash them with a fork or potato masher, and add them to the bowl with the reserved minced onions.
~ Finely grind the almonds in the food processor and add them to the potato or butternut squash bowl. Process the walnuts and pecans until they are well ground but still retain a little crunchy texture, and add them to the potatoes or squash.
~ Finely mince the remaining garlic cloves and add them to the bowl along with the 2 medium tomatoes, water, lemon juice, remaining 1 3/4 teaspoons salt, nutmeg, basil, thyme, marjoram, pepper, and cayenne. Mix well until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
~ Spoon the nutloaf mixture into the prepared pan, pressing with the back of a spoon or your hands to compact the mixture.
~ Arrange the diced tomato over top and bake for 60 to 70 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let it stand for 15 minutes.
~ To serve, cut the loaf into wedges and serve with Tomato Herb Gravy on the side.

Tomato Herb Gravy

3 cups vegetable broth
3 medium size Roma tomatoes, diced
2 large cloves garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon dried sage leaves
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons arrowroot or potato starch (leave out for the SCD legal version)
2 tablespoons water

~ Combine the broth, tomatoes, garlic, lemon juice, and onion powder in a 2-quart saucepan.
~ Create a bouquet garni by placing the rosemary, thyme, and sage into the center of a small piece of cheesecloth. Gather up the ends to enclose the herbs, and tie it securely with a string. Add the bouquet garni to the saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
~ Reduce the heat to medium and simmer about 5 to 8 minutes. Discard the bouquet garni and season the gravy with salt and pepper.
~ Combine the arrowroot and water in a small cup or bowl and stir it well to form a runny paste. Stir the paste into the gently simmering tomato gravy a little at a time, stirring with a wire whip for about 1 minute, or until the gravy is thickened to desired consistency. Cook one minute longer to temper the arrowroot. Skip this step for the SCD legal version.

Voila! Our first nutloaf! Delicious!

Exploring historic downtown Dayton with Mother...

One of my favorite historic homes :-)

Dayton Wright Brothers Pride!! :-)

1 comment:

Johanna GGG said...

Sounds like you have a lot of catching up to do - but that will be no hardship with nut loaf - it is one of my favoutite things to make - the potato in this one looks interesting - I usually use breadcrumbs or other grains