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This is a hearty main dish loaf that is an easy and tasty vegetarian substitute for turkey at Thanksgiving or Christmas, or on a cold winter night. My non-vegetarian family loves it at Thanksgiving served with mushroom gravy and a sugar pie pumpkin stuffed with dressing and baked.



Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 1-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.

  • Melt butter in a wok or very large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add Cheddar cheese, oats, pecans, cashews, eggs, milk, bread crumbs, salt, and white pepper; mix until completely blended.

  • Pack cheese-nut mixture into the prepared casserole dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until top is well browned and crispy, about 1 hour.

Cook's Notes:

Use a butter substitute in place of the butter if desired.


Substitute soy milk for the milk if desired.


Substitute a soy cheese substitute for the Cheddar cheese if desired.

Nutrition Facts

549 calories; 19.5 g protein; 29.7 g carbohydrates; 134.5 mg cholesterol; 634.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition