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Vegetarians/pescetarians, what is your main course of choice on Christmas day?

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trixymalixy Fri 16-Nov-12 21:55:48

My aunt and uncle say they'll just eat the veg and skip the turkey. I want to make them something nice.

Your input would be much appreciated!!

nellyjelly Sun 18-Nov-12 20:13:32

If I had my way we would go out for a curry!

lottiegarbanzo Sun 18-Nov-12 17:28:59

We make individual nut and mushroom wellingtons, which are lovely. Also made aduki and chestnut loaf from one of Sarah Brown's books for years, quite festive and very tasty.

Violet77 Sun 18-Nov-12 17:24:59

Evety thing but the meat with extra yorkshire puddings. Its always enough.

Arcticwaffle Sun 18-Nov-12 16:33:25

Generally (like most people on the thread) we have nut roast, + veggie sausages, as these go with all the traditional roast dinner trimmings, stuffing, gravy etc. It's really easy to make, very forgiving in that you can vary the ingredients, make it well in advance, etc.

WhatWouldVegansDo Sat 17-Nov-12 21:10:43

Something from here:

applegate Sat 17-Nov-12 20:56:02

another vote for cranks mushroom Wellington here. It is delicious and I always make it way ahead of time and freeze it,so its really on hassle smile

trixymalixy Sat 17-Nov-12 20:35:35

Thanks everyone! The mushroom Wellington sounds lovely, I think I'll give that a try.

Alicethroughthewineglass Sat 17-Nov-12 16:06:18

Crank's Bible Mushroom Wellington - can be made in advance and frozen or Simon Rimmer's Mushroom & Hazelnut Parcels. Both contain booze and you can add cranberries to the parcels. They go well with all the other food you will be making and both are yummy! (I always make extra as carnivorous BiL always wants some too!)

Another vote here for nut roast. I've already ordered the M&S one this year.
I'll have separate gravy and Brussels without pancetta, and all the other veg.

exexpat Sat 17-Nov-12 16:00:20

Lots of vegetarians in my family, and our standard Christmas lunch is Delia's parsnip roulade with all the usual sides. Once or twice we have branched out into a mushroom-and-nuts-in-puff-pastry thing - mushroom Wellington? Both work well. I'd be happy with a good nut roast or vegetable terrine too.

sandiy Sat 17-Nov-12 15:51:04

Cranks nut roast is cheap easy to make and my carnivore friends love it just google it and you get the recipe

Lifeisontheup Sat 17-Nov-12 09:25:14

I do a vegetarian stuffing with cranberries and chestnuts for FIL. He always says he'll just have the veg and not to go to any trouble but I can't have someone not having something special at Christmas but have to do something that can be reheated in the microwave as I have a tiny oven.
He does say he doesn't mind eating potatoes that have been done in goose fat and non-vegetarian gravy so I don't do separate potatoes and gravy.
He would definitely say if he minded.

Ephiny Sat 17-Nov-12 09:06:12

I can't say I've ever had a Christmas dinner I've liked tbh.

My 'main course of choice' would probably be something completely different from the traditional roast, but of course I would never expect the cook to go to the trouble of making a separate meal. I'd be quite happy to just eat the veg, in fact I'd sooner do that than have them go to the effort of making a nut roast or something I wouldn't even like.

There's usually so much food on Christmas day anyway!

monsterchild Sat 17-Nov-12 09:01:03

A have tofurkey. I like it a lot. And all the trimmings.

IvanaHumpalotCountDracula Sat 17-Nov-12 08:57:16

Let's be honest - nobody fights over the nut roast. Roast potatoes and lots of them. Crispy, slightly oily with fluffy middles <schlurp>. I don't know why I bother with the other veg <guilt?>

I'll be having a roast with out the meaty bits. I use bullion for gravy.

Eggrules Sat 17-Nov-12 08:39:34

I make mushrooms with green peppercorn sauce and puff pastry lid. It goes down really well with everyone.

hurricanewyn Sat 17-Nov-12 08:16:57

DS wants Quorn sausages as they're his favourite confused

The rose Elliot chestnut thing sounds nice, might have to try that

PickledGerkin Sat 17-Nov-12 07:21:03

My sister and her children are veggie and have a quorn chicken thing. It looks like sliced turkey but clearly isn't.

Our Christmas table consists of 3 vegetarians and 8 meat eaters, so we have a turkey crown and all the usual vegetables. There are 2 gravies, one vege and one made from the turkey juices. We have two stuffings, one vege and one made with the meat gravy.

zipzap Fri 16-Nov-12 23:04:24

I used to know someone who made a fab veggie pancake galette as her main course veggie dish at christmas (and on other special occasions) but as all her family were veggie it didn't have to go with the traditional trimmings, she did what went with it.

It also used to work really well as a buffet dish - you cut slices from it like a big round savoury cake. And she was good at cooking and presentation so it looked beautiful too - sitting on a cake stand in the savoury section, a bit unexpected and different (which has reminded me - need to dig out the recipe as it will be ideal for boxing day!)

MrsDimples Fri 16-Nov-12 22:49:48

Nut Roast is my favourite. Homemade if I can be arsed, M&S if not.

Anything that is compatible with the rest of the festive meal is generally OK. We want to feel part of the meal, not ostracised smile.
What I hate, when you eat out at Xmas, is something totally unfestive and that doesn't 'go' with 'all the trimmings'. Sweet & Sour Veg being my most loathed.

Make sure your roasties are veggy, ditto, mince pies, puddings, cheese etc.

It's lovely you're thinking about doing them something nice.

AudrinaAdare Fri 16-Nov-12 22:45:09

Not really qualified to answer as I am a pestetarian as in, other people label me a veggie because I don't eat animal flesh. So will happily munch gravy and goose-fat potatoes and usually make something extra such as creamed nutmeg parsnip mash which is very fattening filling.

This year I will be having this nut roast which looks bloody gorgeous.

nellyjelly Fri 16-Nov-12 22:14:18

Bought nut roast from m and s or veggie sausage plus veggie gravy and all the trimmings. I am not bothered tbh.

I'm quite happy to have all the vege and timmings without the turkey. But otherwise, stuffed butternut squash or a big stuffed mushroom will do me nicely. along with all the vege and trimmings. smile

DoubleMum Fri 16-Nov-12 22:08:31

Has to be my mum's lovely nut roast, so that you can have all the trimmings just as you would if you were eating turkey.

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