Being vegetarian shouldn't mean missing out on some of your favourite mealtime rituals, and a classic, comforting Sunday Roast is a prime example. From nut roasts to vegan gravy and a whole roasted cauliflower centrepiece, take a look at these mouth-watering vegetarian recipes for a perfect roast dinner, that are every bit as delicious as their meat-based counterparts.
A fresh take on the classic vegetarian Wellington, this dish is bursting with vibrant flavours of thyme, sage, and apple. It's Elly Pear's go-to Christmas Day recipe, but it makes for an impressive addition to your Sunday roast repertoire and should by no means be confined to the festive season.
For a Mediterranean twist on a traditional vegetarian dish, Lee Watson's Roast Aubergine and Tomato Nut Roast makes a lovely roast dinner main course. The creamy vegan macadamia and mustard sauce is a welcome addition, and it goes perfectly with some tasty roasted veggies on the side.
Who needs beef when chestnuts and cashews make such a wholesome and satisfying filling for this British classic? This genius recipe from The Happy Pear duo is one of our veggie roast dinner favourites, and it works for vegans as well as vegetarians.
Where would we be without a recipe for gravy to pour all over our glorious roast dinner? Swap the meat juices for vegetable stock, onion and soy sauce to get those delicious deep flavours that are such a necessary finish to any roast dinner.
Celeriac Hasselback ‘Ham’ (Rotselleri ‘Hasselback Style’) from The Little Swedish Kitchen by Rachel Khoo
Go Scandinavian with Rachel Khoo's hasselback celeriac, inspired by her discoveries of Sweden's homely cuisine. This dish not only looks beautiful on a plate, it's also packed with warming, nutty flavours and makes for delicious leftovers too (like any good roast).
Wow your guests with this masterpiece from Josh Katz's cookbook, inspired by his popular London restaurant, Berber & Q. This roasted whole cauliflower makes a brilliant centrepiece for a vegetarian roast, and is a great one to go for if you're looking to mix up your usual roast dinner menu. Scatter with dried rose petals, parsley and pomegranate seeds for a Middle Eastern touch that's easy on the eyes, adding a bright pop of colour as well as flavour.
Baked Squash Stuffed with Nutty Cranberry-spiked Rice from Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook by Jamie Oliver
Although this recipe is from Jamie's much-loved Christmas cookbook, we can assure you that this dish is certainly not just for Christmas. The delicious baked squash combined with flavours of fresh sage and cranberry make the ultimate comforting main course for a Sunday roast, which shouldn't be limited just to late December!
When it comes to roast dinners, you just can't beat the classics. Sophie Grigson's recipe for rosemary roast potatoes is a case in point, infused with the traditional flavours of rosemary and garlic, and cut into small chunks for extra crispiness.
Honeyed Parsnip Quinoa with Chilli, Cardamom and Orange from FIVE by Rachel de Thample
Spice up your roasted veggies with this beautiful roast parsnip and quinoa dish, brightened up with a good kick of chilli and juicy slices of fresh orange. We love making this recipe as a side dish, but the mix of veggies with grains also makes it substantial enough to work as a main.
Finishing off this collection with a family favourite and all-round failsafe recipe for any vegetarian roast dinner, Mary McCartney's nut roast is a hearty dish using wholesome, nutritious ingredients that will leave everyone at the table feeling satisfied (but - let's be honest - still likely to ask for seconds!)