Christmas is around the corner and we are already feeling the breeze sending tingles down our body. And why not? Who does not like Christmas? Who does not wait for this big year-end festival? You, me, everyone!
Call it anything and it will fit in the bill quite well, be it a festival of light, a festival of decorative items or a festival of yummy plum cakes. And probably, besides everything else, the food that is cooked on this day is just not skippable. The roasted ham and chicken, stuffed turkey dishes and some seafood salads are few of the many dishes that we give in to on this day.
But what about the vegans? Is Christmas all about flashy food item? Because if so, the vegans won’t stand a chance to celebrate it the way non-vegetarians or vegetarians do. But truly, this is not the case. There are some outstanding vegan recipes for Christmas party that can make it a delightful festival for them as well.
Here are some of the best Christmas vegan recipes that you can try this year.
Mushroom & Chestnut Rotolo
The Mushroom and Chestnut Rotolo is a delight for vegans, not only as an appetizer but a teaser to the eye. The combination of dried mushroom, chestnuts and finely sliced banana shallots. The other ingredients include soy sauce, vegan white wine and rosemary sprigs. You would need two types of mushroom, that is, a little bit of dried mushroom and a whole lot of fresh wild mushrooms as the main ingredients.
Here is the method with which you can make the most delicious Mushroom and Chestnut Rotolo:
- You need to soak 30 grams dried mushrooms in a little over a quarter litre boiling water. Blitz three-quarter of the chestnuts with 150 ml water until the mixture is creamy. Slice the remaining quarter of chestnuts finely.
- Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a non-stick fry pan and add shallot to it along with a pinch of salt. Fry until soft and then add chopped garlic, chestnuts and rosemary and fry for a couple of minutes.
- Add two tablespoon oil and the seasoning.
- Now drain the dried mushroom that you had soaked in mushroom in the beginning, and chop it roughly. The mix with the drained water and soy sauce and fry for a couple of minutes.
- Mix whisk the reserved mushroom liquid, white wine and the chestnut cream and make a sauce out of it.
- Then add the mushroom mixture in a pan and cook for a minute until the sauce becomes glossy. Once done, remove the rosemary sprig and set the mixture aside.
- Boil a large pan of salted water to boil and get a large bowl of ice of ice prepared.
- Drop the lasagne sheets into the boiling water and cook for a couple of minutes and then plunge it into the cold water immediately.
- Sour some of the sauce on the pasta and bake for 10 minutes or as long as the pasta does not have any resistance when tested in a skewer.
- Add some breadcrumbs, two tablespoon of olive oil, seasoning and sage leaves in a bowl and then toss everything together.
- Lastly, scatter the Rotolo with breadcrumbs and sage leaves and sage leaves and bake until the top becomes golden and the leaves become crispy.
Vegan Mince Pies
The Vegan Mince Pies go on like a perfect side dish to your Christmas main course food. To make this mince pies, you would need a large apple, 200 grams of dried mixed fruits, a little under one pound of jar jack cherry, roasted and chopped, juiced orange, one teaspoon of cinnamon, one teaspoon of ginger and 150 grams of dark brown sugar.
So get this food prepared as this is one of the best Christmas recipes for vegans. Here are the steps how you can get this recipe on your dining table in less than 90 mins:
- Heat the oven to 150-degree Celsius and add all the mince ingredients in a casserole dish. Mix everything and cover with a foil.
- Bake the mixture for 35-40 minutes until the sugar has melted and the liquid has reduced. Set it out to cool.
- Prepare for the pastry by tipping the coconut oil and flour in a food processor and pulse it until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Add the sugar and pulse in a combination and pour the vodka and two tablespoons of ice-cold water and throb it until the mixture comes together as pastry.
- Get the dough on a clean place and pat it into making a disc with your hand.
- Refrigerate the disc dough for around 30 minutes.
- Take it out of the fridge and cut out around one-third of the pastry and keep it covered with a thin cloth.
- Take the rest of the pastry dough and roll it on the surface until the thickness is not more than 0.5 cc and put in on a baking sheet and refrigerate for 15 mins to get it hardened.
- Heat the oven to 180-degree Celsius. Remove the dough roll from the fridge and cut it into 9 round slices.
- Take the mince pies preparation from the fridge and top half of it with the stars. Top the other half of them with the round cut-out pastries and them stamp it with your fingers to smoothen the surface.
- Now bake it for around 30 min or until the pastries are crisp and the top is golden.
Roasted Stuffed Cauliflower
Now, this looks more like a mainstream recipes for vegan. Cauliflower adds the punch of being the main course item. You will need around two pounds of cauliflower, trimmed and all the leaves discarded, five tablespoon of olive oil, four tablespoons of breadcrumbs, half a pound of chopped kale, one chopped onion and a couple of chopped garlic, one tablespoon of linseed, a small packet of chopped sage leaves, chopped rosemary leaves, cooked chestnuts and zested lemons.
Here is the method how you can cook this delicious Christmas dish for vegans.
- First thing first, trim the leaves of the cauliflower. Cut out the stock and core. But be careful, do not cut out the entire thing so that the floret portion is still held together.
- Put the cauliflower in a pan, pour water submerging the veggie and heat for around 7 minutes. You can use a Steam Ship Lid as well to let out the excess steam. Once done, keep it on a plate aside for the steam to dry.
- Take a pan and cook the kale for around a minute. Drain the water and put it in running cool water. Squeeze it kale until the excess liquid is drained and then chop it roughly.
- Mix the ground linseed with just three tablespoons of water and keep it aside until the mixture becomes thick.
- Now cook the onion and a pinch of salt in oil until soft and then add the remaining ingredients including the kale and cook for a minute or so.
- Once done, blend it in a blender along with 150ml of water and the linseed. After a thick and consistent puree is formed, pour it in a piping bag.
- Now use the pipe and stuff the mixture on the cauliflower, covering the veggie as much as possible.
- Add the cauliflower in a baking tray. Mix the remaining chestnut with the breadcrumbs and add some seasoning.
- Apply some olive oil on the cauliflower and then pat the breadcrumb and chestnut mixture over it.
- Heat the oven to 200-degree Celsius and roast cauliflower for 45 minutes or until its golden brown in colour and crispy.
Red Cabbage With Coriander Seed
The Red Cabbage with Coriander Seed will definitely fulfil the thirst of your eyes. No doubt, the awesomeness of cabbage makes it one of the best Christmas food for vegans. You will need two pounds of red cabbage, one sliced onion, one chopped garlic clove, half a tablespoon of coriander seeds, two bay leaves, two Granny Smith apples, 75 ml of Vegan’s white wine and a little maple syrup.
The preparation of this red cabbage is extremely easy and would take a little over an hour to get it on the dining table.
- Heat the oil in a large sauce or frying pan on medium heat.
- Add onion, garlic, coriander seeds and bay leaves along with the red cabbage and cook for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally, until the cabbage becomes wilt.
- Add the apple, maple syrup and vinegar in the pan while stirring continuously.
- Cover the frying pan and cook for around an hour, but on a gentle flame.
- You can remove the pan from flame once the cabbage becomes tender and caramelised. However, you need to remove the bay leaves before eating.
Now, this should be considered as one of the best starters to the most delicious vegan Christmas recipes. The method of making this preparation is way too easy and should be done within 60 minutes. You will just need one and half a kilogram of floury potatoes, smaller whole potatoes while the big ones should be chopped in half.
The method of preparing this delicious Christmas starter for vegans is listed below:
- Heat the oven to 200-degree Celsius or the gas at level 6 while you put the potatoes inside a large pan that is filled cold water. Add salt too.
- Bring it to boil and cook for around 15 mins until the potatoes are soft enough for a knife to pierce through it. Drain it once done.
- Put the potatoes in a pan at enough distance so that they can spread once smashed.
- Using a Pota'toes' Masher, push down on each of the potatoes to gently smash them. Don’t worry if they are completely smashed as it would just mean that the output will be crunchier.
- Season it and add some oil to it.
- Finally, roast them for an hour, rolling them over once or twice. Continue until it becomes crispy and becomes golden in colour.
Serve in a Mickey Mouse Plate along with your desired sauce.
Savoy Cabbage With Shallots & Fennel Seeds
Just as the name suggests, this cabbage dish is a delight for all the vegans around who are searching for the best recipes for Christmas food. Plus, the cooking wouldn’t take long. All you would need is a 300 grams pack of shallots, two tablespoons of olive oil, two large garlic cloves, crushed fennel seeds, one savoy cabbage and 150 ml of hot vegetable stock.
Here is how you can prepare savoy cabbage with shallots and fennel seeds:
- Firstly, you need to boil the shallots without peeling them for around of 15 minutes or until they are soft but are hard enough to hold their position.
- Once done, peel them and slice them into halves.
- Heat oil in a pan and fry the fennel seeds, shallots and garlic, stirring them continuously until they are golden.
- Add cabbage to a fresh pan and fry it until it starts to wilt. Add the stock to it, cover the lid and cook it for around 3-4 minutes.
- Once the cabbage is cooked, add the shallot mixture and heat thoroughly for some time. Your shallot cabbage preparation is done.
Serve hot on a plate or a Whale Serving Bowl.
Vegans have a good number of dishes to give in to this Christmas
Non-vegetarians think that vegetarians and vegans lack good food. But when you are determined to stay a vegan and forfeit the traditional turkey for Christmas, you have a lot of food recipes to look forward.
Check out these popular vegan recipes for Christmas, which includes both starters as well as main course items. So now you can say that your Christmas food is sorted. And not just this, you can try looking for some of the best substitute for traditional non-vegetarian food in both cases, whether vegetarian or vegan.
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