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Vegetarian Christmas Starters

Whether you want to add a few vegetarian dishes to your Christmas feast or are looking to create an entirely vegetarian menu, we hope to offer some ideas for beautiful, celebratory vegetable-based dishes that sing of festive cheer. We'll also share some of the great ideas for vegetarian Christmas dishes we receive here and on Twitter.

This post focuses on vegetarian starters, but we also have posts about vegetarian main courses and, of course, puddings!

Celeriac and Potato Rostis

These little bite-sized nuggets of bliss are simply beautiful to look at - with a flavour to match. Served on a slice of griddled bread, they make a lovely canape. They're also vegan, wheat-free and delicious with caper tartar.

Celeriac Potato Rostis

Caper Tartar

This tartar is delicious with Celeriac and Potato Rostis, but you can also serve it simply with bread, raw veggies or any other dipping you can think of.

Chestnut Mushroom, Hazelnut and Smoked Tofu Pate

This pate is a popular mainstay on our cookery courses, made of smoked tofu, roasted hazels and flavoursome chestnut mushrooms. It's an earthy mix, to which we add a splash of brandy for a Christmas lift. Delicious served with toasted bread, or as a dip with crudités.

Mushroom Pate

Chive and Caper Filled Gougeres

A gougeres is a baked savory choux pastry made of choux dough mixed with cheese. In our recipe, we use parmesan to create a delightfully savoury little pastry ball. Then, to make it extra special, we fill it with cream cheese or labna spiked with chives and capers.

Caramelised Hazelnuts

More of a snack than a starter, but delicious all the same. You can even get extra festive by forming your caramelised hazelnuts into a nut pyramid drizzled with chocolate - like an edible Christmas tree!

Cranberry Gin

Okay, so this one's not an edible starter, but it's certainly lovely to start with all the same!

What are your favourite vegetarian starters?

We know lots of you have tackled numerous nut roasts, pies, casseroles and other main dishes - but what do you like to start with at your Christmas feast? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.

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