Craving a meat-free Christmas? Hosting a dinner party with veggie or vegan guests doesn’t need to be a panic-inducing ordeal. Instead, you can enjoy the season with the new range of Tesco vegan and vegetarian festive food.
Tesco has not only doubled its vegan festive main dish offering but has also launched its first ever vegan party food lines as well as a Christmas vegan sandwich, a Bubble and Squeak special from Wicked Kitchen featuring spiced potato and veg style fritter with chestnut stuffing, tangy cranberry chutney and crisp red cabbage.
According to Tesco‘s own research, 1 in 5 will host a vegan or vegetarian guest this Christmas and more people will be serving vegan and vegetarian mains than serving goose, turkey’s famous rival.
“A clear North-South divide has also emerged when it comes to a ‘green’ Christmas, with popularity waning as you get further up the UK. In Scotland, just five per cent of families will sit down to a vegan or vegetarian Christmas dinner compared to nine percent of people living in the South (South West, South East, London and East of England). Indeed, Brighton has been declared the vegan capital of the UK, with 12 percent of Christmas hosts there set to cook up a plant-powered main, compared to hosts in Glasgow and Liverpool, who are the least likely to cater for vegans (one percent).”
Plant-based centrepieces, tasty sides and even delectable vegetable canapés, here are some of the meat-free option to impress your guests with:
Vegan Stuffed Butternut Squash, 710g, £10 (Vegan)
Sweet butternut squash, stuffed with a tangy beetroot and apple filling that has been cooked with a touch of sherry vinegar and garlic to complement the creamy squash. Finished with a topping of crunchy pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
Cauliflower Wellington, 450g, £6 (Vegan)
This British-grown whole cauliflower is generously coated in turmeric oil, followed by a mushroom and butternut squash Duxelles sauce, rich in red wine and warming Christmas spices of cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. The cauliflower is then carefully hand-wrapped in golden, flaky puff pastry, and decorated with hand-placed pastry leaves and sprinkled with onion seeds to finish. A perfect centrepiece for Christmas Day.
Spiced Parsnip Mash, 450g, £2.00 (Vegetarian)
A twist on a classic mash recipe, this festive parsnip mash is spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon to make it extra Christmassy. A touch of honey gives the mash a rich, creamy and sweet texture, a festive accompaniment to any Christmas feast.
Red Cabbage and Apple, 300g, £2.00 (Vegan)
Braised red cabbage is a classic accompaniment to any Christmas dinner. Flavoured with tangy apple, cinnamon, cloves and red wine and taking the hassle out of making it from scratch, the cabbage has been reduced to create the perfect texture that still has some bite.
Tesco Christmas Shapes Roasting Tray, 300g, £1.75 (Vegan)
Ready to roast, everyone around the table will love this selection of seasonal shapes including stars and Christmas trees, made from sweet potato, butternut squash and swede.
Tesco Finest Brie and Cranberry Filos, 218g, £2.60 (Vegetarian)
These hand made bite-sized filo parcels featuring the classic Christmas combination of brie and cranberry can feed hungry guests during festive parties throughout the season and into the New Year.
Tesco Finest Wild Mushroom Pâté Kilner, 125g, £4.00 (Vegetarian)
This pâté Is made with a blend of wild and roasted mushrooms, onions, rosemary and thyme. Crème fraiche and cream cheese is added for extra creaminess. The pâté is finished with nutmeg, tarragon and lemon juice and topped with a caramelised shallot and red wine chutney for an extra festive aroma.
Tesco Finest Thai Inspired Butternut, Coconut and Lemongrass Rolls, 208g, £5 (Vegan)
These Thai-style hand-wrapped spring rolls are filled with creamy coconut and butternut squash, topped with coconut, parsley and smoky paprika.
Tesco Vegan Roll Selection, 270g, £2 (Vegan)
This selection includes three Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower Rolls with roasted cauliflower, sultanas and harissa, wrapped in puff pastry with a turmeric and fennel seed crumb; three Roasted Butternut Rolls containing roasted butternut squash, spiced pearl barley and herbs, wrapped in puff pastry with a mixed seed crumb; and three Katsu Rolls – katsu curry vegetables, wrapped in puff pastry and sprinkled with a katsu crumb.
Tesco Finest 12 Mushroom Arancini Bites with Caramelised Onion Dip, 280g, £4 (Vegetarian)
Mouthfuls of chestnut and porcini mushroom risotto, with a white wine and three cheese sauce in crisp breadcrumbs. The caramelised onion dip adds a sweet accent to the bites.