There’s a Vegetarian Christmas Menu, just for you
‘Tis the season for eating, and we have enough vegetarian Christmas dinner recipes to fill your stocking and the rest of the family’s too. So whether you’re in need of some main course inspiration, a dreamy dessert or just a few cocktail ideas, you’ve come to the right place.
Broccoli Stilton Quiche
This Broccoli Stilton Quiche recipe is based on a powerful and popular flavour combination – the earthy herbaceous flavour of the broccoli and the intense, richness of Stilton blue cheese. Here we’ve updated this classic dish by adding Tabasco Green Jalapeno Sauce for a little extra tang. Serve with some dressed green leaves.
Parsnip Soup with Smoked Almond Pesto
For a heartier starter, try making a few bowls of this Parsnip Soup with Smoked Almond Pesto. It’s ready in just half an hour and uses smoked almonds to add a subtle, umami flavour. Add a festively green swirl of pesto to each bowl before serving with some crusty bread.
Ale and Mushroom Puff Pastry Pies
For a memorable Christmas dinner vegetarian main course, try making these individual Ale and Mushroom Puff Pastry Pies. Marmite, ale and mushrooms create an intensely flavoured pie filling that’s just perfect for dipping your roast potatoes in. If you have any pastry spare, try adding a festive holly leaf decoration to the top of each pie.
Christmas Wellington with Roast Roots, Chestnuts and Herbs
When it comes to Christmas mains, this one’s guaranteed to wow your guests (the meat eaters too). Make your very own Christmas Wellington with Roast Roots, Chestnuts and Herbs. The filling of this pastry winner is packed with all sorts of yummy ingredients, like beetroot, parsnips and lentils – along with a dash of festive sherry and plenty of herbs, nuts and spices.
Ultimate Roast Potato Recipes
Make the quintessential Christmas dinner side dish with our Ultimate Roast Potatoes Recipe. Featuring golden, crispy potatoes that are light and fluffy in the middle and heavenly with lashings of gravy. Make sure your oil is very hot to seal the potatoes. If it’s not hot enough the potatoes will just absorb the fat and be greasy.
Slow Cooked Spiced Red Cabbage
Flavourful, versatile and simply gorgeous to look at, Slow Cooked Spiced Red Cabbage is the perfect festive side dish. As well as Christmassy spices, try adding caraway seeds, orange or honey for extra zing. For an extra bit of richness, mix in some butter after cooking. This does take a while to cook, but you can always make it one or two days before.
Crunchy Cauliflower Cheese Recipe
For a cheesy, satisfying addition to your Christmas dinner menu, try this Crunchy Cauliflower Cheese recipe. We used a ready-made M&S Cheese sauce to save time, but you can always try making your own white sauce and adding cheese to it. Top with toasted hazelnuts and breadcrumbs for crispy, crunchy goodness.
Spiced Clementine Christmas Pudding
If you’re looking for the perfect end to your Christmas meal then why not try this delicious twist on a Christmas classic. Spiced Clementine Christmas Pudding not only looks incredible, it tastes delicious too. We’d definitely prepare this one ahead of time and reheat it on the day to save time.
Chocolate Orange Pavlova, Topped with Poached Pears, Hazelnuts and Pomegranate
Turns out there is something even yummier than a classic pavlova, and it’s a Chocolate Orange Pavlova, Topped with Poached Pears, Hazelnuts and Pomegranate. The pavlova base can be made a few days in advance and kept in an airtight container. Remember not to open the oven while cooking and cooling your meringue to prevent cracking.
Quick Banoffee Pie
This sweet, satisfying and incredibly simple Quick Banoffee Pie can be prepared in no time at all – it’s a Christmas miracle. Using tinned Carnation caramel really speeds things up and still tastes just as yummy as something that’s completely homemade. There’s really only one downside to this pie: there will be no leftovers.
Christmas Pudding Martini
There’s nothing wrong with having a couple of delicious cocktails to accompany your turkey dinner, and this Christmas Pudding Martini could almost pass as dessert. Simply combine warming Scotch whisky, sweet honey, hazelnut liqueur and Grand Marnier. Then top your glass with a little whisked single cream. Indulgent and delicious.
If there’s one thing that makes Christmas dinner even more special, it’s having the perfect drink to hand. Like this Hot Mule cocktail. It’s a festive twist on the much-loved moscow mule and, with ingredients like ginger and dried pear, it pretty much encapsulates the taste of Christmas.
Ever thought of swapping the after-dinner coffee for a L’espresso Martini? This cocktail recipe uses a smooth, velvety vanilla vodka mixed with a single espresso and coffee liqueur so ticks all the boxes for flavour. Plus, the espresso shot will come in handy if you’re trying to avoid nodding off after dinner.
Peppery Hot Chocolate
Warm, comforting hot chocolate is always going to go down well at Christmas. But why not add a twist? This Peppery Hot Chocolate recipe has all the richness you’d hope for, but with the added flavour of punchy peppercorns. You can serve a cocktail-style version made with whisky or, if you’ve got non-drinking guests, swap the whisky for a non-alcoholic spirit.
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