There’s a Vegan Christmas Menu, just for you
Being vegan should never mean scrimping on taste. However you do Christmas dinner, we’ve got vegan Christmas dinner recipes just for you, including sensational plant-based starters and meat-free mains, all the way through to a show-stopping dessert finale. Now, the big question is, what are you going to make this year? P.S. don’t forget the crackers.
Tempeh Stuffed Peppers
For a colourful way to start your Christmas dinner banquet, try these Tempeh Stuffed Peppers. Garlic, paprika, and rosemary add a depth of flavour to this traditional Javanese staple, all tucked nicely into a delicious pepper. We’d serve each pepper with a crisp green side salad to keep this starter fresh and light (and so your guests have room for dessert).
Mushroom, Leek and Sage Soup with Smoked Houmous
Mushroom, Leek and Sage Soup with Smoked Houmous is a gorgeously rustic trio of seasonal flavours all wrapped up in one simple recipe. Three different types of mushroom create a deep savoriness, while the smoky houmous adds an extra edge. Serve with whole sage leaves to garnish, a good drizzle of olive oil and crusty bread on the side.
Chard Parcels with Mushrooms and Chestnuts
For a Ukrainian take on Christmas, try this version of cabbage rolls. Chard Parcels with Mushrooms and Chestnuts can easily be adapted for your festive vegan menu – swap for vegan alternatives, such as vegan butter and coconut yoghurt. And if you don’t like chard, cavolo nero works really well too.
Christmas Wellington with Roast Roots, Chestnuts and Herbs
Instead of the usual nut roast, why not make your very own (and very impressive-looking) Christmas Wellington with Roast Roots, Chestnuts and Herbs? This recipe takes a little more effort, but it’s well worth it for the flavourful result. Serve a slice with a big dollop of cranberry sauce.
Celeriac Steaks, Miso Mushrooms, Bean Mash and Herb Oil
For something a little different to your traditional Christmas Day flavours, try our recipe for Celeriac Steaks, Miso Mushrooms, Bean Mash and Herb Oil. Braising the celeriac gives it a soft, buttery centre with lovely caramelised edges. As well as an impressive Christmas dinner main, this vegan and gluten-free recipe could be enjoyed (in smaller portions) as your festive starter.
Red Cabbage with Pomegranate Molasses
Syrupy, sweet and a little bit sour, pomegranate molasses adds a Middle Eastern edge to this Red Cabbage with Pomegranate Molasses recipe, which makes a more untraditional side dish for your Christmas spread. The flavours of cinnamon and star anise add a subtle spice to soft and glossy cabbage.
Maple and Orange Carrots and Parsnips
Christmas side dishes can (and should) be just as scrumptious as your main centrepiece. And this Maple and Orange Carrots and Parsnips recipe is no exception. Carrots go perfectly with cinnamon and balsamic vinegar, while parsnips love honey and mustard – try this recipe to bring out the best in your seasonal veg.
Honey and Marmite Glazed Parsnips
It’s important, especially at Christmas, that we’re accepting of all our dinner guests’ tastes – even if those tastes include Marmite. So here’s a recipe that (some of) your guests will love: Honey and Marmite Glazed Parsnips. Remember to keep your parsnips long, and don’t apply the glaze until they are fully cooked, crisp on the outside, chewy in the middle.
Ultimate Roast Potatoes
Make the Ultimate Roast Potatoes with this fail-safe recipe. It uses a floury variety of spud, maris piper – as they roast particularly well – along with simple olive oil and absolutely nothing else. This recipe serves around eight people, so add a few more potatoes if you want more leftovers to enjoy (AKA the best part of Christmas).
This rich and gooey Mocha Fondant recipe from Livia’s Kitchen is a spectacular dessert for any occasion. The espresso and chocolate sponge is beautifully moist and the runny coffee caramel centre is just pure rich indulgence. We recommend serving your fondant puddings with a scoop of your favourite vegan ice-cream.
Pineapple and Ginger Upside Down Cake
Go retro for your Christmas dinner dessert with this vegan version of Pineapple and Ginger Upside Down Cake recipe. Fresh pineapple is a great palate cleanser after all that festive food and a touch of ginger is a warming kick to this dinner party classic. Serve your cake warm with an extra drizzle of ginger syrup over the top.
Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut
Christmas is the perfect time to indulge in a glass (or two) of good bubbly, and we recommend a bottle of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut. La Cuvee is Laurent-Perrier’s signature champagne and is described as light, fresh and elegant. And, as the production process doesn’t require the use of any animal products, it’s 100% vegan friendly.
Clementine Light Up Snow Globe Gin Liqueur
Add some glamour to the Christmas drinks menu with M&S Clementine Light Up Snow Globe Gin Liqueur. This zesty liqueur contains edible gold leaf which creates a magical winter scene when you shake the bottle. Best served chilled, simply pour over ice or you could go the whole hog and top up with Prosecco. Guests will be impressed.
Red Mulled Wine
Let’s not forget the aromatic flavours of mulled wine at Christmas. And there’s no need to faff with ingredients, grab yourself a ready-mixed bottle of M&S Red Mulled Wine. Expertly blended and flavoured with warming spices, it’s full of festive flavour and also suitable for vegans. Serve warm with a slice of orange, and maybe a slice of vegan Christmas cake on the side?