There are few times of the year more magical than Christmas dinner and chances are it’s been the meal you’ve been waiting for as soon as the leaves started falling from the trees and the weather started getting a little colder. Sitting around a table wearing silly paper crowns you pulled from crackers and stuffing your plate with a mountain full of festive treats while you spend quality time with your loved ones is a special, once-a-year treat that few of us would trade for anything, but Christmas dinner can be something some of us dread.
Turkey, pigs in blankets, gravy, goose fat roast potatoes, pork and onion stuffing, bread sauce, beef Wellington, and Yorkshire puddings – all this may sound delicious to you but this is a vegan’s nightmare, especially if they find themselves at their in-laws’ house who may be totally unprepared or potentially unwilling to change their Christmas dinner traditions to cater to a non-meat eater.
But with veganism becoming more and more popular across the UK, if you’re unwilling to change your Christmas dinner ways, you may be dooming a family member to a disappointing or downright depressing Christmas Day, and that surely goes against everything Christmas should be about. Fortunately, there are plenty of tasty vegan treats and alternatives that would make a welcome addition to anyone’s Christmas dinner plate this year, vegan or not.
Here at Fed Up & Drunk, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite festive vegan recipes that will make any vegan breathe a sigh of relief when they sit down at the dinner table this year. Click on the titles to be taken to the recipes.
Crunchy, spicy, and just packed full of flavour, this vegan nut roast is made with chestnut mushrooms, spinach, avocado, sweet potato, pine nuts, chestnut puree, maple syrup and tofu and makes the perfect vegan treat everyone will want a slice of.
This spiced roasted cauliflower vegan dish is simple to make and makes the most delicious feature or side to any festive feast. Perfect with pilaf rice and steamed greens, this stunning classic roast alternative comes alive with garlic, paprika, thyme, lemon, parsley, sherry and almonds.
Stuffed full with butter beans, chestnuts, onions, leeks, mushrooms, hazelnuts and cranberries with a hot crust water pastry made from vegetable suet, if you’re struggling to find a hearty and satisfying dish as a centerpiece to your vegan Christmas dinner, this delicious vegan pie is the solution you’ve been searching for and looks tempting sat in the centre of the Christmas table.
Ideal as a starter or a flavoursome side dish to a festive vegan feast, this fruity treat has a real kick and goes great served with a little peppery salad. If you’re preparing this for a vegetarian, the addition of a tasty blue cheese makes for the perfect pairing.
So easy to prepare, there’s no reason just because you’re vegan you have to miss out on these delicious tasty bites perfect for soaking up all that vegan gravy left on your plate after an indescribable Christmas dinner. Made with plain flour, chickpea flour, vegetable oil and soy milk, you can even use the same batter mix for pancakes.
Just as tasty, if not even more so than the real thing, this fantastic vegan gravy is super easy to make and is made with onions, carrots, celery, porcini mushrooms and flavoured with port, blackcurrant jam, and marmite.
The perfect vegan side dish, the smokiness of the crispy tofu bacon and pan-fried red onions really help to elevate the simple Brussels sprout into a tempting festive delight even Brussels sprouts loathers will simply swoon over.
Made with chestnuts, chilli, balsamic vinegar and crispy sage, this delicious recipe from Jamie Oliver is one of the easiest methods of cooking squash. Mashed full of flavour, it makes the perfect addition to any Christmas plate.
Christmas doesn’t have to be all about the roast. Why not spice things up a bit this year with a delicious vegan curry all the family will want a taste of!? Made with aubergines, cauliflower, chilies, cashews, cinnamon, coconut and pomegranate, this is the perfect winter warmer and is sure to impress any vegan that doesn’t mind a change from the traditional Christmas dinner.
An impressive and tempting Christmas treat that looks incredible on any Christmas dinner table, this Wellington will upstage even the turkey and could convert even the strictest meat eater to a vegan diet.
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