How can I make my menu flexible for vegetarians?
Choose a vegetarian starter that everyone can enjoy; a seasonal salad is the perfect set-up for the big meal ahead, try adding some punchy cheese or crunchy nuts for a satisfying mix of textures and flavours.
Ditch the duck fat for the roasties – rapeseed oil is a great alternative. Avoid adding pancetta or bacon to the sprouts (or fry this separately and serve in a bowl for other guests to sprinkle over). Make a vegetarian gravy a couple of days ahead (or buy one), so you can reheat it in the microwave or in a small pan on the hob.
Avoid gelatine-based puddings (check ready-made trifles) and ensure you’ve used vegetarian suet in the Christmas pudding and mincemeat – or buy vegetarian-friendly mince pies. Don’t forget, we’ve got plenty of recipes for vegetarian centrepiece dishes including our eye-catching red onion and beetroot quiche.