As a vegetarian, Christmas dinner is not always the most exciting meal of the year. You're either stuck trying to make the most of various side dishes or, worse, tucking into the dreaded tofurkey. But December 25th doesn't just have to be for carnivores, there are plenty of great recipes that can make Christmas just as festive for the non-meat eaters in your life.
To help get you started on your holiday menu, the Vegetarian Society has sent us a collection of six recipes. With everything from a novel way to enjoy sprouts, pastry-free mains, vegan trifles, a veggie consommé and potato in the pudding, they are sure to inspire a mouth-watering meat-free feast.
All recipes are available for download here
A Feast For Friends
To start - Brussels Sprouts and Horseradish Paté - this creamy cool paté is a great way to enjoy this much maligned vegetable. The infamous unpleasant smell of cooking sprouts is caused by the release of sulphur, which can be avoided by a quicker cooking time. The main - Savoury Christmas Gateau with a Rose Harissa Halloumi Filling – this is no cake but you will want a second piece. Leeks, carrot, parsnip and orzo (pasta) are mixed with either halloumi or tofu, flavoured with Rose Harissa paste. This mixture is then placed into dish lined with cabbage leaves and covered on the top too. A lighter alternative to pastry, that goes well with all the trimmings. For dessert - Sweet Plum Dumplings – A delight of a dessert, that needs to be tasted to be believed - plums spiced with cinnamon wrapped in a pastry that surprisingly contains potatoes. It’s really lovely with ice cream.