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November 25, 2012

Vegetarian Recipe: Carrot and Mushroom Loaf

Last week I mentioned a surplus of carrots in our vegetable plot. Some of them had turned woody, although they were fine when grated. Right, I thought. It’s time to make a carrot and mushroom loaf. As it happened we had visitors for dinner. They were all carnivores, but they enjoyed a slice of loaf on the side. This recipe comes from Alison Holst’s Meals Without Meat book, which is a good basic reference for beginners.

Carrot and Mushroom Loaf

My loaf differs in that I added extra mushrooms. I love mushrooms in everything!

Carrot and Mushroom Loaf


1 medium onion

1 – 2 cloves garlic

2 Tablespoons oil

a good handful of mushrooms (200 grams) I used about 12 button mushrooms

1 teaspoon basil

1/4 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon salt

black pepper

3 cups grated carrot

1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs (I used fresh since that’s all I had on hand)

1/2 cup grated cheese

1/2 cup milk

2 eggs


2 Tablespoons dry breadcrumbs (used fresh again)

2 Tablespoons grated cheese



  1. Chop the onion and garlic finely and cook in the oil until soft.
  2. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook until softened.
  3. Place these in a bowl and add the basil, thyme, salt, pepper, grated carrot, breadcrumbs, grated cheese.
  4. Beat the eggs and milk together and add to bowl. Mix well.
  5. Place in a well greased tin and smooth out. I usually line my tin with baking paper.
  6. Sprinkle the topping ingredients – breadcrumbs, cheese and paprika – on top of loaf.
  7. Cover tin with foil and bake at 180C (350F) for 30 minutes. Remove foil and cook for another 30 minutes.


  1. I used fresh bread crumbs rather than dried ones and it didn’t seem to matter.
  2. My oven cooks quickly so I didn’t cook my loaf as long as the recipe said. The cooked loaf should be firm in the center when pressed with your fingers.
  3. I served my loaf with green vegetables and a baked potato.
  4. This loaf also tastes good cold and served with salad.
  5. This is an excellent recipe for disguising vegetables when trying to please fussy eaters! Winking smile


  1. Mary Kirkland

    That sounds interesting. I like all the ingredients so I’m sure I’d like this.

    • Shelley Munro

      It really is delicious if you have a chance to make this loaf.

  2. Savannah Chase

    This looks and sounds so yummy..

    • Shelley Munro

      The meat-eaters like it too. :)

  3. Tania.F.Walsh

    I’d make this…looks good. Now how to convince hubby to eat it too:)

    • Shelley Munro

      My hubby and brother in law ate it without argument, but there was meat at hand.

  4. Sandra Cox

    This sounds divine!

    • Shelley Munro

      I hope you get time to try making it.

  5. Christine Ashworth

    I am SO making this for dinner tonight! Thanks, Shelley – I’ll be pointing my vegetarian friends in this direction!

    • Shelley Munro

      I hope you enjoy this, Christine. It’s very easy and a good way to disguise vegetables!