8 Menu Ideas For Your Vegan Christmas Dinner
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There are two types of people during Christmas holidays – the ones that have know exactly what to eat on Christmas holidays for months and the ones that decide on Christmas morning and then quickly hurry to the supermarket. Which type do you belong to? While Julia flirts with the idea of cooking vegan roulades every Christmas, Isa has established a vegan goulash tradition over the years. But lo and behold – this year, vegan cabbage roulades are also on her radar – the final decision is still pending.
Evel if you already decided on a main course there's still the question of which starter and dessert to go with it. We want to help you with all this decision making so we've put together eight Christmas menu ideas that will help you find the perfect match. But of course, also feel free to mix everything up and choose your own favorite combination.
1. The Classic German Christmas Menu
If you've always been on "team potato salad" on Christmas Eve, of course you can still enjoy it for your vegan Christmas dinner. Regardless of the big "mayo or no mayo" debate, we always recommend our (in our opinion) best potato salad in the world. For dessert, get some no-bake chocolate biscuit mini cakes called 'Kalter Hund' which can be prepare with speculoos instead of butter cookies to add a Christmasy twist.
2. The Fancy Yet Simple Christmas Menu
At this point, we can reveal that our vegan goulash recipe is the most popular Christmas dinner every year. As a technical proof we see the analytic's page impressions and as visual proof we get tons of photos from you on Instagram during Christmas holidays – which is always so great to see! So we can say that you can't go wrong with this beloved and well-tested Christmas dinner – accompanied by a light salad and some vegan tiramisu that are super easy to prepare.
3. The Traditional Christmas Menu
We're sure that Julia is not the only one who grew up with the classic Christmas combination of potato dumplings, red cabbage, and some kind of meat. With this recipe though, there's no need for an actual meat substitute as our mushroom goulash is hearty enough. Homemade potato dumplings require a bit more time and effort so we won't tell anyone if you take a shortcut and and buy premade dough for potato dumplings. And what's more matching than a traditional dessert such as baked apples with vanilla sauce, right?
4. A Christmas Menu from Isa's Family
Part of Isa's family comes from Swabia – so traditionally they eat 'Sauerbraten and Spätzle' on Christmas Eve. Isa already veganized both of these dishes with her own family recipes. As a matching starter, we recommend a Swabian 'Flädlesuppe' which can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. And for dessert? Well, if you really want to eat like Isa on Christmas Eve, you actually skip a fancy dessert and simply treat yourself to some vegan ice cream.
Starter: Vegan, German Flaedle Soup (Pancake Soup)
Main: Vegan “Sauerbraten“ (Marinated Seitan Roast) with Spaetzle & Red Cabbage
Dessert: Nothing. Grab yourself some vegan ice cream.
5. A Christmas Menu from Julia's Family
Julia's family traditionally eats special potato dumplings for Christmas that are called 'Grüne Klöße' (literally 'green potato dumplings') – unfortunately we don't have this recipe on the blog so far but these mini bread dumplings taste just as great! The roulades do require a bit of work, but if you prepare a large portion of them right away, you can still enjoy them for a few days to come. In the last years, Julia's mother has discovered the joy of vegan aquafaba mousse which is now often served. It can be prepared in the morning which saves stress in the evening as you can serve it right from the fridge.
6. The Restauranty Christmas Menu
Due to Corona, all restaurant visits around Christmas are cancelled – which is totally understandable. But why not turn your own apartment into a pop-up restaurant? Get a clean tablecloth out of the closet (a provisional bed sheet will do just fine) and serve a fancy menu of a wintry salad with vegan cheese balls, a lentil loaf with a potato gratin, and finish with a vegan panna cotta.
7. The 'No, I'm Not Allergic to Nuts' Christmas Menu
Nuts are a healthy snack all year round, but they experience peak season in December, when we could crack piles of walnuts. For all those of you who can't get enough of them (and luckily don't have a nut allergy), here's a complete Christmas menu with nutty components such as a crunchy soup topping, a nut roast, and nut wedges that taste like fresh from the bakery.
8. The Modern Christmas Menu
If you're tired of traditional dishes and would like to try something new and more modern, we recommend our stuffed butternut squash with mashed potatoes and promise that it tastes just as hearty and cozy as the old Christmas classics. In no time at all you will prepare a kale salad as a starter and bake an apple crumble with marzipan crumbles.