Have a very veggie festive season with our selection of vegetarian Christmas dishes that we’ve cherry-picked from the menus of some of the world’s greatest chefs. They’re not just for the festive season either – try these meat-free beauties for any happy occasion throughout the year.

Open the pastry case of this Butternut squash and blue cheese Wellington to release the fragrance, then tuck in! This fabulous vegetarian take on Beef Wellington is oozy and unctuous with golden butternut and a good blue cheese bite – one of our favourite vegetarian Christmas dishes.
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And on the topic of pastry-wrapped delicacies, this Melty Mushroom Wellington from BBC Good Foods’ Barney Desmazery is a winner. Replace the cheese with hummus, if you like – that’s also delicious. The Wellingtons are great for freezing for any festive occasion (but why wait?!)
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Polenta and goat’s cheese stacks are one of those real show-stopping vegetarian Christmas dishes that are worth every minute of the prep time. A bursting-with-flavour party dazzler!
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And from the kitchen of the creative Emily Kydd comes this super tasty Cauliflower, paneer & pea curry. It’s quick, and easy on the budget too!
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Buon Natale from TV chef Simon Rimmer with this Italian Goat’s cheese cannelloni with cherry tomatoes. You can prepare it in advance, then pop it into the oven 15 minutes before you’re ready to eat.
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Super easy to make and lusciously moist, Aubergine, courgette and pepper lasagna can be made ahead and reheated. (It tastes even better when the flavours have got to know each other really well.)
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And what you’ve been longing for – the pud!
For dessert, there’s little to beat a pavlova on a hot South African day. Try this Christmas pavlova from Mary Berry, British doyenne of bakery and other delicacies. Her chewy meringue base is topped with pretty berries, but most fruits work well, so use whatever’s in season. It’s a winner!
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To all our no-meat-for-me fans, enjoy our vegetarian Christmas dishes, and happy holidays to everyone!

Acknowledgements & Photo credits

Article compiled for Flora Force by Judy Beyer.

A special thanks to BBC Good Food, whose excellent recipes always rise to the top of the pile, and the chefs who create them; and Delicious Magazine, another mine of useful great recipes.

Photo credits

  1. Photo courtesy of TerriC Pixabay.com
  2. Photo courtesy of Sorbyphoto Pixabay.com
  3. Photo courtesy of ponce_photography Pixabay.com