Graveyard Bound: Vegetable Walnut Loaf – R.I.P.

Graveyard Bound: Vegetable Walnut Loaf – R.I.P.

Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow…and not in a good way. After making this recipe I’ve learned two valuable lessons.

1. “Loaf” isn’t a very appetizing word. I think we should save that word for when we are discussing bread, and only bread.

2. When having guests over for brunch I should warn them that they’re guinea pigs and make one pre-tested recipe. Lets just say, no one cleared their plates at this fancy party. Well, the 11-month old did, but we can’t trust her…she likes everything.

We brainstormed on how to make this delish, maybe break it up and cook it like hash with a poached egg over the top? It’d help with the mushy texture but still wouldn’t taste that great. Make it into veggie burgers so it can have crisp edges and all the burger fixin’s? Again, it’d be better, but I have tried some other veggie burger recipes that are awesome so there isn’t much motivation to make this one work …let’s call it what it is…The first Graveyard bound dish.

I’m a huge Sunset Magazine fan so I hate to even include this but this came straight from their March ’43 edition. Must have been right on point at the time.

Check out the recipe and pics below. It was hard making it look appetizing!

The ingredients

Vegetable Walnut Loaf

1 cup ground raw carrots

1 cup ground raw celery

3/4 cup ground onion

1/4 cup chopped parsley

2 cups dry bread crumbs

1 cup ground walnuts

1 cup tomatoes (fresh or canned)

2 eggs

1 tbsp. melted butter

salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly; pack tightly into a well greased loaf pan.

Bake uncovered for 1/2 hours, basting occasionally with hot water, broth or tomato sauce.


Serve hot with a tomato sauce or “if there is any leftover, slice and serve cold on lettuce with boiled dressing or mayonnaise. (I use rich white sauce with hard boiled eggs-quartered.)”


I’m not sure the leftover instructions will convince anyone to give this a shot but it does confirm that this recipe was worth repeating back in the day.


Grind the walnuts

Chop the walnuts in the food processor.

Minced Onion

Then mince the onions,

FInely Chopped Parsley

and the parsley

Minced Celery

and the celery

Finely chopped Carrot

and the carrots

All the veggies

Put all of the veggies together in one big bowl.

Veggies, walnts and eggs

Add the walnuts, tomatoes and eggs.

Breadcrumbs too!

Make sure you embrace this pic…things go downhill fast!

All stirred up

Looks like well, ummm, eeeewwwwwww…

Filling the loaf pan

Load up the pan with all of that goodness.

All packed in

Smash it down, smooth it out and add some terrible lighting.

Pureed Tomatoes

Now its time for the sauce.

Tomato puree spread

The basting begins. mmmm…

Baked to perfection

I was still optimistic at this point.

In all its glory

All hope was lost with that first bite. And it never got better.


Let me know if you want that Veggie Burger recipe, I can share!


How many “loaf” recipes do I have to try to be fair to the category?

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3 thoughts on “Graveyard Bound: Vegetable Walnut Loaf – R.I.P.

    1. That could be a better fix than any I had considered. Don’t worry, there are a lot of other veggie “loaves” to try, I’ll find a good one for ya!

  1. You know, it sounded like it had real possibilities…
    Don’t give up on the “Loaf”!
    There’s bound to be a Killer Meatloaf recipe in those collections!

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