Vegetarian recipes to inspire a delicious vegetarian Christmas dinner including Jerusalem artichoke and sweet potato tarts, cheesy vegetable pie and our best ever nut roast
Find vegetarian recipes to inspire a delicious vegetarian Christmas dinner including Jerusalem artichoke and sweet potato tarts, cheesy vegetable pie and our best ever nut roast.
These vegetarian recipes for entertaining will make Christmas dinner just as special, without the turkey and meaty trimmings that are a traditional part of Christmas lunch – we’ve brought together the best of our vegetarian Christmas recipes, guaranteeing that all your guests will be satisfied at Christmas lunch this year, whether they eat meat or not.
With a turkey and all the other side dishes to consider, we’ve made it easy to offer a vegetarian option as many of these vegetarian recipes can be made ahead but still look and taste impressive so that Christmas lunch is special for everyone. These vegetarian mains can be paired with all the vegetarian Christmas trimmings that would be on the table anyway, such as roast potatoes, red cabbage and Brussels sprouts – just be sure not cook your roast potatoes in goose fat!
This vegetarian goats’ curd and squash Wellington will make an extra special Christmas main course that you can serve with all the usual trimmings.
Your vegetarian guests will be extremely happy being served one of these wonderful meat-free dishes on Christmas day, so go on – make their Christmas!
Click through our pick of vegetarian Christmas dinner menu ideas and you’ll instantly feel inspired to create your seasonal meat-free menu…
Try this vegetable and truffle tart, garnished with red amaranth for an impressive finish. This recipe only takes 45 minutes to make so you won’t be slaving away over it for hours, particularly as most of that is cooking time, so when you stick it in the oven you can get on with the million other things you will need to get done on Christmas Day. Alternatively, you can prepare these delicious tarts the day before so all you’ll need to do is heat them up before serving.
A delicious starter for the whole party or a special vegetarian main course, we love the way the flavours marry together in this beetroot, butternut and goats’ cheese tartlets recipe.
These vegetarian tarts match all the trimmings, so it will be easy to make these as the main course to go with everything else you’ll be cooking.
You can prepare this spinach and filo tart recipe ahead and then just warm on the day, ready to serve with the rest of the Christmas dinner.
For strict vegetarians, leave out the Parmesan or replace with a vegetarian Italian hard cheese, which you can find in all major supermarkets.
Forget dreary cardboard flavours, this nut roast recipe is packed with delicious ingredients – who needs turkey?!
You don’t need to be vegetarian to enjoy this roast butternut with goats’ cheese recipe. The combination of sweet squash and pungent, tangy goats’ cheese works fantastically well.
From Christmas parsnips to roast potatoes, make sure your guests dip their vegetables into the cheese – it’s delicious!
A great alternative main for vegetarians, the chestnuts really bring the taste of Christmas to this chestnut, mushroom and cider pie recipe.
This upside-down red onion tarte tatin with chesnut mushrooms recipe is a savoury version of the French bistro classic tarte tatin – a smart main course your vegetarian guests will love.
To make cooking easier on Christmas morning, you can cook the onions the day before, add the pastry and leave the dish in the fridge until you are ready to bake the tart.
Make some time before things get hectic to prepare our caramelised onion tart with goats’ cheese and thyme recipe – the longer you give the onions, the more fabulous the finished result will be!
With no cooking required, you’ll be amazed how easy it is to put together this sophisticated goats’ cheese, walnut and beetroot salad recipe.
If you’re catering for a veggie crowd, this blue cheese and caramelised onion tart recipe will go down a storm. It’s delicious as part of a buffet with a crispy salad.
Delicious as a side dish or even on its own with the traditional Christmas dinner sides, this ultimate cauliflower cheese recipe is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
A great idea for a Christmas Eve dinner, this mushroom and spinach lasagne recipe makes a welcome change from the traditional ragu filling. Serve with a crisp green salad and plenty of garlic bread.
If you’re cooking for strict vegetarians, omit the Parmesan or replace with a vegetarian cheese.
The perfect Boxing Day lunch, this leek and dolcelatte tart recipe is equally delicious hot or at room temperature. Serve with homemade coleslaw and some chutneys.
For strict vegetarians, omit the Parmesan or replace with a vegetarian cheese.
The rich flavour of France’s favourite cheese makes this baked mushrooms with onions and Roquefort recipe a decadent main, which goes perfectly with the traditional Christmas side dishes.
Make Spanish-style stuffed tomatoes for a European twist to your Christmas dinner, packed with flavour.
Squash and taleggio tart with fragrant sage makes a delicious vegetarian Christmas recipe that you can cut up and share with everyone at the table.
Delicious as a Christmas main or a dinner party dish over the festive season, your guests will love this mushroom, goat’s cheese and tarragon tartlets recipe.
Rachel Khoo’s terrine forestiere would make an unusual addiction to the Christmas table, but would work well with its robust texture and earthy flavours.
A complete doddle to make, roasted butternut and wilted rocket spaghetti recipe is full of flavour without being too rich or drowning in gloopy sauces.
If you’re cooking for strict vegetarians, look out for vegetarian Parmesan alternatives online and in specialist shops.
Find more festive recipes in the Christmas issue of woman&home Feel Good Food, on sale now
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