These are the best vegetarian Christmas dinner recipes to make for 2023 (2024)

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Looking for a show-stopping recipe to feed vegetarian or vegan guests this Christmas? You've come to the right place. Here at Good Housekeeping, we have plenty of Christmas-worthy veggie recipes to inspire you. From fancy pithiviers to the classic, cranberry-studded nut roast, we have every vegetarian Christmas craving covered.

An easy vegetarian Christmas main is hasselback squash. Just like hasselback potatoes, cut slices across the width of the halved squash – then cover in a mix of maple syrup, oil and thyme and top with crumbled goats cheese (choose a vegan cheese option if you prefer). Simple yet sophisticated.

Pies can also make wonderful vegetarian Christmas dinners such as this brie and mushroom pie which is given a festive lift with the addition of crunchy walnuts and a dash of sherry. Fancy a challenge? Our root vegetable pithivier takes some effort but the results are well worth it.

This beetroot and shallot tarte tatin makes a wonderful vegan main or side dish. We’ve used vegan Jus-Rol pastry to make it easier and the tarte tatin is served with a dressing of hazelnuts, parsley and capers.

No Christmas dinner is complete without stuffing, so don't miss out on our lentil and nut stuffing – it pairs perfectly with our collection of vegetarian mains, as well as traditional turkey, too.

Remember, make sure if you are serving your vegetarian meal with gravy that you have a vegetarian alternative to hand (you can follow any normal recipe but be sure to use vegetable stock instead and omit any meat juices and products that might be used).

Time to start planning your tastiest vegetarian Christmas yet...

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Beetroot and Hummus Tart with Horseradish Drizzle

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This tasty vegetarian tart makes use of two super convenient supermarket ingredients – hummus and ready-cooked beetroot – to deliver maximum flavour with minimum effort.

Recipe: Beetroot and Hummus Tart with Horseradish Drizzle

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Vegan Crispy Polenta and Roasted Squash Cake

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This is a real visual centrepiece, full of seasonal vegetables, with a protein boost from the tofu.

Recipe: Vegan Crispy Polenta and Roasted Squash Cake

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Stilton, Leek and Walnut Quiche

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Serve this cheesy, nutty quiche warm or at room temperature.

Recipe: Stilton, Leek and Walnut Quiche

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Cauliflower Wellington

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This delicious centrepiece makes the perfect main course alternative for vegetarians on Christmas Day, and meat-eaters will love it too.

Recipe: Cauliflower Wellington

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Root Vegetable and Lentil Terrine

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This terrine is, unusually, served warm, which means it pairs perfectly with a vegetarian gravy. Any leftovers keep well in the fridge for 2 days, and are delicious served chilled or at room temperature.

Recipe: Root Vegetable and Lentil Terrine

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Giant Savoury Mince Pie

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We’ve taken inspiration from the sweet festive favourite for this veggie showstopper. Swap the sage for fresh thyme, if you like.

Recipe: Giant Savoury Mince Pie

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Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese Roulade

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The colour of this roulade alone will tempt everyone to try a slice! If you’re not a fan of goat’s cheese, cream cheese works well here too, but it will need a bit more seasoning.

Recipe: Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese Roulade

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Whole Baked Tofu ‘Ham’

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Tofu’s ability to take on flavours really comes into its own in this vegan roast, where the smokey, salty rub evokes the cured flavour of ham. Glazed and clove-studded, it looks a treat, too.

Recipe: Whole Baked Tofu ‘Ham’

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Root Vegetable Pithivier

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This wow-factor, vegan pie centrepiece is utterly delicious and worth the extra effort. If you're making a vegan Christmas dinner, make it this one.

Vegetarian Christmas recipe: Root Vegetable Pithivier

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Spiced Whole-Roasted Cauliflower

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This vegetarian centrepiece is sure to wow. We originally made this for an Easter celebration, but it would work as a veggie Christmas centrepiece, too.

Recipe: Spiced Whole-Roasted Cauliflower

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Pear, Blue Cheese and Walnut Puff Pocket

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This is the perfect budget-friendly vegetarian option for Christmas Day. The sweetness of the pears and honey cut through the saltiness of the blue cheese wonderfully.

Recipe: Pear, Blue Cheese and Walnut Puff Pocket

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Individual Beetroot Wellington

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Beetroot and goat’s cheese are a match made in heaven, and even more delicious when enveloped in pastry - the perfect veggie Christmas dinner.

Vegetarian Christmas recipe: Individual Beetroot Wellington

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Mushroom and Shallot Bourguignon Galette

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Echoing the flavour of our venison main – plus it works brilliantly with the horseradish crème fraîche.

Vegetarian Christmas recipe: Mushroom and Shallot Bourguignon Galette

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Caramelised Onion and Squash Baked Ricotta

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Serve this delicious vegetarian Christmas centrepiece at the table alongside your turkey and the meat eaters will all want a slice too!


Vegetarian Christmas recipe:
Caramelised Onion and Squash Baked Ricotta

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Jewelled Sprouts and Chestnuts

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It’s not Christmas without sprouts! The sweetness of apple juice and maple syrup here helps balance their brassica bitterness.

Vegetarian Christmas recipe: Jewelled Sprouts and Chestnuts

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Whole Stuffed Celeriac

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The earthiness of the mushrooms combined with the truffle oil makes this a perfect vegan Christmas dinner.

Vegetarian Christmas recipe: Whole Stuffed Celeriac

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Hasselback Squash

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We love this easy vegetarian Christmas dinner recipe, and it can be a vegan Christmas dinner too with just a little tweaking! Just replace goat's cheese with a substitute, we like Violife Feta Style Non-Dairy Cheese Alternative.

Vegetarian Christmas recipe: Hasselback Squash

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Brie and Mushroom Vegetarian Pie

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Earthy mushrooms and oozing Brie combine for a moreish vegetarian Christmas dinner that will be the envy of the non-veggies, while crunchy walnuts and a dash of sherry bring a touch of festive cheer to the table.

Vegetarian Christmas recipe: Brie and Mushroom Vegetarian Pie

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Creamy Sweet Potato and Celeriac Bake

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Earthy root veg in a herby cream makes a deliciously comforting accompaniment to just about any roast.

Vegetarian Christmas recipe: Creamy Sweet Potato and Celeriac Bake

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Vegan Beetroot and Shallot Tarte Tatin

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A stunning vegan Christmas dinner, even the meat eaters will want a taste! Also a delicious match with beef, if serving as a side dish.

Vegetarian Christmas recipe: Vegan Beetroot and Shallot Tarte Tatin

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