14 Mouth-watering Vegetarian Christmas Main Recipes

Get stuck into these mouth-watering meat-free recipes this festive season. From traditional favourites to cutting-edge dishes the meat-eaters will be fighting over too, you'll want your Christmas table to feature one of these delicious vegetarian main courses. 

 Mouth-watering Vegetarian Christmas Main Recipes jamie oliver mushroom toad in the hole 7 ways

Mushroom Toad-in-the-Hole from Jamie Oliver: 7 Ways by Jamie Oliver

This vegetarian toad-in-the-hole makes robust Portobello mushrooms the hero, topped with crispy fried garlic and rosemary, and served with a rich onion and porter gravy.

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Cavolo Nero and Celeriac Cheddar Crumble from Eat Green by Melissa Hemsley

This lovely and rich bake combines hearty celeriac with a creamy filling and a nutty crumble topping. For more of a Christmassy vibe, feel free to swap in Brussels sprouts to replace the cavolo nero, and add layers of fennel for additional sweetness. 

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Vegetarian Nut Wellington from Green by Elly Pear

With delicious roasted nuts, dates and sweet leeks encased in flaky pastry, Elly Pear shares her clever reworking of a festive centerpiece. "I make this Nut Wellington every Christmas. On many occasions I’ve been a (lone veggie) guest in other people’s homes and each time the other guests around the table wanted to try a slice", she says. If you're the lone veggie at the dinner table, this one's for you!

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Cauliflower Shawarma with Pomegranate, Pine Nuts and Rose from Berber & Q  by Josh Katz

Mix up your Christmas feast this year with a mouthwatering taste of the Middle East. A head-turner of a vegetarian centrepiece dish, this whole cauliflower marinated in a spiced shawarma butter and drizzled with a tahini sauce is almost as easy on the eyes as it is on the tastebuds.

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Mouth-watering vegetarian ChristmasHasselback Squash with Roasted Grapes from Eat Green by Melissa Hemsley

Hasselback Squash with Roasted Grapes from Eat Green by Melissa Hemsley

This riff on Swedish hasselback potatoes champions winter squash, pairing it with festive grapes, orange and rosemary for a gorgeous centerpiece. Melissa serves this with a Brussels sprout and blue cheese slaw, with crunchy apples and walnuts that makes for a refreshing, festive side.

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 Mouth-watering Vegetarian Christmas Main Recipes mary berry onion mushroom artichoke tart simple comforts

Onion, Artichoke and Sage Open Tart from Simple Comforts by Mary Berry

"With buttery puff pastry and a deliciously herby filling, this tart is simple to make and so good to eat", says Mary. Try to get a mixture of mushrooms here, such as chestnut, shiitake, button or even wild mushrooms if you can find them, for something really special. 

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Celeriac Hasselback ‘Ham’ (Rotselleri ‘Hasselback Style’) from The Little Swedish Kitchen by Rachel Khoo

Go for a hasselback celeriac that resembles a traditional Christmas ham, and you might find even the biggest veggie-sceptics at the table are impressed!  

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Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Galette from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

A comforting vegetarian tart with the delicious flavours of butternut squash and caramelized onion, this vegetarian dish is a real winter warmer that goes well with the rest of the classic Christmas dishes. 

Buy The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook here.

Mouth-watering Vegetarian Christmas Main Recipes sticky onion tart jamie oliver veg

Sticky Onion Tart from Veg: Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone by Jamie Oliver

With sticky, caramelised onions, sweet garlic, bay, fresh thyme and buttery puff pastry, this is Jamie's easy and savoury twist on a tarte tatin. Top with goat's cheese for some festive indulgence. 

Order your copy of Jamie's VEG here

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Red Pepper, Mushroom & Leek Lasagne from Mary Berry at Home by Mary Berry

A family favourite from the queen of homecooking, Mary Berry's vegetarian twist on a classic lasagne will have the whole table asking for seconds. Use a rennet-free Cheddar substitute to ensure the recipe is fully vegetarian.

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Festive Roast from At My Table by Mary McCartney

This failsafe recipe from Mary McCartney will go down as a Christmas classic in any vegetarian household. Served with roasted vegetables, the traditional vegetarian trimmings and a good drizzle of vegetarian gravy and you've got yourself a festive feast. 

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Vegetarian christmas mains

Chestnut and Truffle Risotto from Angela's Kitchen by Angela Hartnett

This hearty, warming chestnut and truffle risotto will add a taste of luxury and indulgence to your Christmas spread. Angela Hartnett's expert knowledge of Italian cuisine makes this a reliable and authentic recipe that you'll want to make again and again. To ensure this recipe is fully veggie, make sure you're using a vegetarian Italian-style hard cheese instead of Parmesan, like this one here.

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Winter Warmer Hotpot from Food: Vegetarian Home Cooking by Mary McCartney

Another seasonal favourite from Mary McCartney, who knows the ins and outs of delicious vegetarian home-cooked meals. Packed with flavour as well as nutritious veggies, this is easy slow-cooker recipe takes the stress out of Christmas cooking. 

Buy Food: Vegetarian Home Cooking here.

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Baked Squash Stuffed with Nutty Cranberry-spiked Rice from Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook by Jamie Oliver

This show-stopping recipe makes a brilliant centrepiece dish for your Christmas table. Stuffed with a nutty cranberry rice, this baked butternut squash is filled with the best flavours winter has to offer. 

Buy Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook here.

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