Catering for friends and family over the holidays can be an incredibly daunting and challenging task. Throw into the mix someone with dietary choices/ requirements and things can seem so overwhelming, that you’re debating doing a Mrs Doubtfire and plating up take out!! But fear not! We’re here with some foolproof recipes to help make your holiday feast delicious and inclusive!
Let’s do this in order, first up-Starters
Sweet, Savory, and Totally Amazing Tart Recipes
You heard. Tarts are a great starter, they are easy to make both vegetarian or otherwise and there is the added benefit from store bought pastry! Seriously unless you are a pastry chef, just buy pre-made you can not go wrong.
We would recommend using a puff pastry sheet for your tart base, this is a nice light and fluffy base which won’t spoil any appetites for the main event. You can top these bases with anything your heart desires!
A recipe in-keeping with the flavours and ingredients of a traditional holiday feast would be something involving some root vegetables, for example;
Root vegetable, nuts and blue cheese tart
Mushroom, chestnut and cranberry (https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/vegan-mushroom-chestnut-cranberry-tart/)
Roasted fennel and goats cheese (https://www.healthyforkful.com/vegetarian-christmas-roasted-fennel-goat-cheese-tart/)
Great Soup Ideas
If you are looking for more of a warming starter than a soup would be the perfect starting option for your dinner party;
Leek and potato soup
Winter vegetable soup
Any of the above are perfect for those not wanting meat and could be adapted easily to a vegan dish also!
Main courses for vegetarians
Okay so the main course, the pièce de résistance! If we are sticking with traditional holiday offerings then you will likely be preparing a turkey to serve for you and your guests. Now alongside the roast add side dishes such as roast potatoes, oven roasted root vegetables, sprouts (love them or hate them, they are the ultimate side dish) and stuffing. Now there is a lot to be said for just having the side dishes as these are all inherently veggie friendly but if you wanted to create something a little more special for your guests consider;
Spinach, blue cheese and chestnut en croût (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/chestnut-spinach-blue-cheese-en-croute)
Mushroom Roulade (http://cookwithmands.com/recipes/spinach-and-mushroom-roulade)
Traditional nut roast (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/nut-loaf)
Dessert ideas for you vegetarians:
Once the dishes are cleared away, it is time for the best course of all, desert! Now unless you are having a very specific kind of desert these are all vegetarian and you do not need to be concerned but I wanted to suggest some great dessert ideas anyway!
The traditional Christmas pudding (https://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/traditional-christmas-pudding/)
Classic trifle/ boozy brownie trifle (yum!!) (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/boozy-brownie-trifle)
Whatever you end up making for yourself and your guests make sure you remember two important things-
Preparation is the key! Veggies/ spuds/ soups and roasts can all be cooked and cooled the day before the big event!