07 Nov 2022 • 3 min read
Taking meat off the menu this Christmas? If it’s your first time, you might not know where to start.
But there are so many options! Whether it’s pudding, pigs in blankets, or something a little more adventurous, you’ll find all the vegetarian Christmas recipes you need below.
Cooking for vegans? Check out our post on the best vegan Christmas dinner instead.
Getting it together
If you’re after a traditional roast, you can use the basic outline to create a meat-free alternative. Think about a hearty centrepiece, several vegetable side dishes, at least one type of potatoes, and lots of sauces.
Forget the last-minute panic. Offer your vegetarian friends a mouth-watering centrepiece to their main Christmas meal.
Choose something hearty and substantial, bursting with Christmas flavours like cranberry, orange, and spices.
Don’t overlap side dish ingredients with the main ingredients of your vegetarian offering, and ensure a variety of flavours, textures, and colours. Be sure to avoid adding bacon, anchovies, or other non-vegetarian frills.
1. Vegetarian Christmas wreath3
2. Roasted Christmas vegetables4
Pigs in blankets
Christmas dinner has to include pigs in blankets, but they’re hardly suitable for vegetarians. Don’t let your veggie friends miss out!
Prepare a traditional-style alternative instead, using Quorn cocktail sausages wrapped in Quorn bacon or sundried tomatoes.
Gravy can make or break a Christmas dinner, so make sure your vegetarian guests have a meat-free gravy they’ll love. You can easily find ready-made alternatives – but, if you want the very best, try this delicious vegetarian gravy recipe:
One final tip: Be sure to make more than you need of your vegetarian Christmas treats, in case the meat eaters decide they prefer them!
Finish with something a little lighter than Christmas pudding, but still beautifully decadent. These orange and raspberry crèmes brûlées have their signature crunchy topping – perfect to impress guests.
These mini tarts are great for picking at after a big meal or as part of a party buffet. You can top them with any fruit you like, but we think raspberries and blueberries are the prettiest.
Salty and sweet, these fudge bites make a thoughtful and affordable gift.
Make in bulk and give out to all your friends this Christmas, or pop them in a homemade vegan hamper.
Kids will love making these gingerbread biscuits during the school holidays. Cut into any shape you like and decorate!
What’s Christmas without a mince pie? We’re leaving a gluten- and dairy-free version out for Santa this year.
Give festive spice a summer twist with this caramel-topped loaf. Coconut cream and maple syrup work their magic to reduce refined sugar – yet it’s still deliciously moreish.
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