Veggie Christmas Dinner
People tend to assume the only alternative to the usual meat centrepiece for vegetarians/vegans, at Christmas, is a nut roast. Sure, I love nut roast — but it can be tricky to get right without it crumbling and once it’s done, it often doesn’t look that exciting. — If you’re looking for a hearty centrepiece that can be meat, dairy and egg free, then go for a pie – with or without a lid.
I’m so excited about going home for Christmas as my Mum is such a good cook and she always creates a wonderful feast, at any time of the year, but especially at Christmas. For as long as I can remember, our Christmas dinner has been ONE of the following: chestnut and mushroom pie, cashew nut and red pepper bake, broad bean and cashew nut pasties … alongside Paxo stuffing balls, lots of roasted vegetables and gravy.
Maybe this is your first Christmas since going ‘veggie’ or you are catering for friends who are. I’d suggest experiment once or twice (with a mini version perhaps) before making it on the day. My two favourite cookery books at the moment are Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s ‘River Cottage Veg Every Day’ and Yotam Ottolenghi’s ‘Plenty’. You could choose a seasonal dish from those. Or of course there’s tonnes out there online. (When googling ‘Vegan Christmas recipes’, I found some recipes are rather boring — but don’t lose heart, just keep looking for something that excites you to make and of course eat.) Here’s a lovely example of a three course menu, created by Angela Liddon of the glorious website OhSheGlows.com.
Happy cooking and let me know how you get on!
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