For those of you who attended McCambridge’s Food and Wine Fair 2016, it was a night to remember thanks to our very own Natalie McCambridge, our wonderful suppliers who never fail to provide us with some of the most delicious products from around Galway City & County, and not forgetting all our of incredible customers who came from far and wide to attend the Food & Wine Fair. Thank you for celebrating yet another year with us here at McCambridge’s of Galway, and thank you for supporting our Charity partner – Jigsaw Galway.

However, there was one thing that stood out from the entire evening we have heard; and that was Head Chef Mike Robbie’s delicious Nut Roast/ Nut Loaf. Therefore, due to phenomenal demand we are sharing this wonderful recipe with those of you who may not have managed to get your hands on a copy during last night’s proceedings. So here it is: Mike Robbie’s Nut Loaf!

nut loaf

Serves 6 (with accompaniments)

2 large parsnips
Oil, to grease
1 small savoy cabbage, 4–6 outer leaves only
150g hazelnuts
40g butter
1 red onion, finely chopped
150g chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped
100g cooked chestnuts, roughly chopped
100g stilton, crumbled (or other vegetarian-friendly cheese of your choice)
100g brown breadcrumbs
2 tbsp. chopped fresh sage
1 free-range egg, beaten

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Peel and quarter the parsnips, and cook in boiling, salted water until tender, drain well and mash.

2. Grease a loaf tin approximately 20cm x 10cm x 7cm, then line with foil, and grease this generously. Blanch 6 savoy cabbage leaves in boiling, salted water for 2 minutes: you’ll need enough to line the tin with overlapping leaves, but how many depends on the size of your cabbage, so make sure you have enough before you tip away the water. Immediately plunge the leaves into iced water.

3. Toast the hazelnuts in a frying pan over a high heat until starting to colour, then set aside. Turn the heat down to medium, add the butter and chopped onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 7 minutes until nicely softened.

4. Roughly chop the hazelnuts and put them in a large bowl along with the chopped chestnuts, crumbled stilton, breadcrumbs and chopped sage. Add the mashed parsnip and softened onions and mushrooms followed by the beaten egg. Season and stir together well.

5. Line the prepared tin with overlapping cabbage leaves, leaving any excess hanging over the sides, then spoon in the mixture, pressing it down well, and fold any overhanging cabbage leaves back over the top. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 45 minutes. (Alternatively, you can keep it in the fridge for a day or so before baking.)

6. Remove the foil from the top and put the loaf back in the oven for another 15 minutes, then take out of the oven and put a large serving plate over the top of the tin. Holding the tin with oven gloves, turn the plate over so the loaf inverts on to the plate. Carefully peel off the foil and cut into slices to serve.

Top with Cabot’s of Westport Beetroot and sage relish to finish.

We here at McCambridge’s of Galway hope you will enjoy making this recipe and eating it as much as we did!

nollaig shona