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Festive vegan centrepieces

by Genevieve Halbert

published on 7 December 2021

If you’re planning a plant-based feast this Christmas, or simply want to make sure your vegan guests are well provided for, check out our collection of the best vegan centrepieces. From timeless nut roasts to more unusual dishes (Chinese-inspired turnip cake, anyone?), you’ll find something here to build your festive feast around.

Giant Mushroom Sesame Rol

Giant Mushroom and Sesame Roll with Salsa Verde

by Ixta Belfrage
from Mezcla

This showstopping number from Ixta Belfrage features miso-roasted mushrooms encased in a sesame dough and served with a herby salsa verde.

Cauliflower Wellington

Vegan Stuffed Roasted Cauliflower Wellington

There are several different takes on a vegan Wellington in this collection and this one from The Happy Pear is one for the cauli lovers. Chunky florets are flavoured with herbs and spices and encased in puff pastry. Serve with thick mushroom gravy and all of your other favourite sides.

Vegetarian Nut Wellington

Vegetarian Nut Wellington

by Elly Pear

A clever reimagining of the classic nut roast, this nut wellington from Elly Pear is packed with chestnuts, dates, and herbs, all wrapped up in flaky puff pastry.

From the book

Parsnip Nut Roast

by Sophie Gordon

For a more classic take on a nut roast, try Sophie Gordon’s parsnip version, which she describes as “everything a nut roast should be: textured, flavoursome, earthy but subtly sweet, moist from the parsnips”.

From the book

Sophie Gordon

Ainsley Harriott's Mushroom, Kale and Chestnut Pies

Ainsley Harriott’s Mushroom, Kale and Chestnut Pies

A luxurious twist on shepherd’s pie, Ainsley Harriott’s plant-based, individual pies are made with with sweet, buttery chestnuts, meaty mushrooms, and a creamy potato and celeriac topping.

Vegan Nut and Veggie Roast

Vegan Nut and Veggie Roast

by Dr Gemma Newman

An all-out vegan feast, this nut and veggie roast is bursting with flavour. It’s made with sweet roast vegetables, nuts, and mushrooms, and served with a flavoursome mushroom gravy.

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Turnip Cake

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Turnip Cake

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage

Thinking of doing something totally different this year? Try Ottolenghi’s dim sum-inspired turnip cake. Made with daikon and crunchy soy maple nut clusters, this loaf makes a stunning centrepiece. We recommend serving it with Ottolenghi’s miso and chive leeks.

Festive Roast

Festive Roast

by Mary McCartney

Mary McCartney has spent years perfecting her festive nut roast recipe, and the results of her efforts speak for themselves. Full of classic Christmas flavours, this time-honoured loaf won’t disappoint.

Chestnut and Cashew Wellington

Chestnut and Cashew Wellington

Another wellington-style twist on the traditional nut loaf, this chestnut and cashew version from The Happy Pear is best served with their failsafe vegan gravy.


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