Your Christmas, sorted: vegetarian and vegan

by Great British Chefs 1 December 2021

Just because a traditional Christmas dinner tends to involve heaps of meat and dairy doesn't mean veggies and vegans have to miss out. These are just a few of our favourite plant-based and vegetarian Christmas recipes.

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It's more and more likely that you or someone around your Christmas dinner table is following a vegetarian or vegan diet. Many of us are now choosing to make the entirety of our Christmas dinners plant-based. Luckily there are countless delicious recipes to choose from, all of which are just as tasty as those containing meat and dairy. These are our picks of the best vegetarian and vegan recipes for Christmas.

Ultimate nut roast

Nut roasts sometimes have a bit of a bad reputation for being flavourless and overly dry but this recipe is anything but. The lentils and chestnuts in the mixture ensure that the roast stays lovely and moist while the combination of black garlic and sweet cranberries gives it a wonderfully balanced flavour.

Vegan beetroot Wellingtons with mulled wine gravy

It's impressive how much these individual beetroot Wellingtons actually look like their meaty counterpart. Served with a stunning mulled wine gravy, the dairy-free pastry used in this recipe means that this dish is suitable for vegans. Because they're individually wrapped, they're perfect for cooking if you only have one or two vegans around the table but want to cook meat for everyone else.

Vegan butternut squash and olive stuffing

This plant-based stuffing recipe involves roasting butternut squash until it's soft enough that it binds the dry ingredients together, so that you don't need to use egg. Meanwhile the black olive tapenade and orange zest provide an element of bitterness which works well alongside the mushrooms and squash. Perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike.

Vegan gravy

It can be hard to know where to start when making a vegan gravy but this recipe uses everything from dried mushrooms to soy sauce and Marmite to maximise on depth of flavour and gain that umami-richness of meat-based sauces. Finished with a spoonful of cranberry jelly to add sweetness, you'll want to make plenty of this gravy as it's sure to prove popular.

Vegan gingerbread sticky toffee pudding

A festive take on a classic Sunday roast dessert, this vegan sticky toffee pudding is packed full of ginger and served with an indulgent toffee sauce – so good you could drink it!

Veggie Wellington

Chef Andy Waters fills his vegetarian Wellington with sweet potatoes, mushrooms, kale and spinach, while the addition of chopped up chestnuts makes it particularly appropriate for a Christmas dinner.

Choose the rest of your Christmas dinner: