When planning a Christmas dinner, there’s a good chance you’ll have at least one vegetarian guest. Luckily, it’s easy to plan an entire holiday feast without a bit of meat. These appetizer, main dish, and side dish recipes will have everyone coming back for seconds and leaving satisfied—whether they’re vegetarian or not.
Cheese fondue is a fun and decadent party food, making it the ultimate appetizer for Christmas dinner. Luckily, it’s totally vegetarian-friendly and is easy to throw together at the last minute. Your guests will have fun dipping bread and chatting while you put the finishing touches on dinner.
For a deliciously Italian take on Christmas, make pretty lasagna rolls filled with homemade pesto and cheese. The warm and filling pasta dish will delight vegetarians and meat-eaters alike—plus the mix of green pesto and red marinara sauce feels festive.
Butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, and onions are roasted together for an easy, but holiday-worthy, side dish. Dried cranberries and toasted pecans add a festive touch. Add a drizzle of maple syrup for extra sweetness or crumbled goat cheese for a bit of creamy richness.
This impressive-looking side dish is surprisingly easy to make and is sure to impress your dinner guests. Acorn squash are cut in half, the seeds are removed, and they’re stuffed with cornbread stuffing, apple, and herbs. It’s perfectly sweet and savory and looks lovely as part of a holiday dinner spread.
Mushroom risotto is creamy and satisfying enough to be the main dish, and with its rich and buttery mushroom flavor, it’s even worthy of Christmas. It takes some patient stirring, but the end result is worth the effort. Serve with a nice red or white wine.
Start your vegetarian meal right with deliciously gooey baked Brie. Simply warmed in the oven with fruit preserves and topped with toasted walnuts, it’s an easy appetizer that feels fancy. Serve with brioche toasts, fancy crackers, or slices of baguette.
Deep red and sunny golden beets will add lovely color to your dinner table. Roasted and tossed with baby greens, lemon, and salty feta cheese, this simple salad is a nice break from standard rich holiday fare without sacrificing flavor.
Tamales are a traditional Christmas food in Mexico. They take some work, but they’re fun to make with the family. And since they take time to mix up and cook, why not make a bunch to share with loved ones? Tamales are traditionally made with lard, but this recipe uses shortening for a vegetarian version.
Cheesy scalloped potatoes are given an injection of flavor with the addition of sharp cheddar cheese. Sliced, boiled potatoes are tossed with a cheesy sauce and topped with more cheese before baking until bubbly and brown. It’ll have everyone at your Christmas dinner table fighting over seconds.
This savory tart combines caramelized onions, tomato, and three kinds of cheese for a picture-perfect holiday appetizer. The onions can be made up to a few days ahead of time, and the tart can be served at room temperature, giving you flexibility when preparing the big meal. Store-bought puff pastry gives a nice finish with minimal effort.
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