Thursday, 2 December 2010

Vegetarian Christmas Dinner Menu

Here's my un traditional 5 course vegetarian Christmas dinner menu. I've included a selection of my own family favourites (goat's cheese and cranberry tarts followed by nut roast) plus a few variations for those who want something a little different. 

If you have to oven-share with turkey eaters, these ideas
don't take up too much room in the oven and can be covered with foil if you need to protect them from contamination!

The recipes can all be scaled up or down depending on how many veggies you need to cater for and I have included vegan options when appropriate. All of the recipes can be made in advance and reheated on the day (except the truffles, of course!)...and don't forget the crackers!


Five Course Vegetarian Christmas Dinner Menu

Apéritif
Bucks Fizz: Champagne/Cava & good quality orange juice  
or lemonade/sparkling water & orange juice for the kids.
OR
Kir Royale: Champagne/Cava with Cassis 
or high juice blackcurrant squash and lemonade/sparkling water for the kids.


Starters 
Goat's Cheese & Cranberry Tarts served with port and cranberry sauce
and a side salad.
OR
Savoury Tartlets
OR
Twice baked cheese soufflés 

Main Courses
Nut Roast, Vegetable and Almond Loaf or Carrot, Parsnip and Nut Loaf served with vegetarian gravy, roast potatoes & parsnips, runner beans and purple sprouting broccoli (sprouts optional!)
OR
Stuffed Butternut Squash with tomato sauce, roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
OR
Aubergine and Feta Bake with roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
OR
Roasted Vegetable & Feta Filo Spiral with roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables

Desserts 
Christmas Pudding served with cream, custard or brandy butter.
OR
No-bake Mini Desserts

To Finish
Coffee and Chocolate Truffles.
OR 
Cheese Board and Port

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Catering for vegetarians or vegans this Christmas? Here are my top top tips:
  • Remember to omit or check for animal fat/suet and animal by-products in stuffing, mincemeat/mince pies, Christmas puddings and gravy. 
  • Please cook our roast potatoes/parsnips in vegetable oil and not around the meat.
  • Most vegetarians avoid cheese made with rennet e.g. Parmesan, Grana Padano and Gorgonzola.
  • Vegetarians do not eat fish, gelatine or certain food additives, especially E120 (cochineal/carmine). Vegans do not eat any animal products including dairy, eggs and honey.
  • Strict vegetarians and vegans may also appreciate a glass or two of a vegetarian wine. Most wines are now labelled.
  • If in doubt, or if you really don't care, please ask your veggie guests to bring their own food/drink - we really would rather do that than have to turn down unsuitable offerings!

Find my top tips for a budget-friendly Christmas here.
Find my Boxing Day buffet ideas here.
Find my festive gravy recipe here.

For some more veggie Christmas meal ideas, please take a look at the Vegetarian Society Christmas Menu.

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds delicious - I have to confess I love brussel sprouts - I'm pretty sure I'm going to make your goats cheese and cranberry tarts.

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