These are the best vegan Christmas dinner recipes

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Vegans don't have to miss out this Christmas Day! Here at Good Housekeeping, we have plenty of vegan recipes to make sure that everyone is satiated on the big day.

From showstopper mains, to tasty sides, and even a vegan-friendly Christmas pudding thrown in for good measure, your vegan guests are sure to have a smiles on their faces once they are done eating.

Some vegetarian recipes can be made vegan, if they are simply cooked in butter or topped with cheese. As long as you substitute all dairy for vegan-friendly alternatives, and make sure any stock or wine used in the recipe is vegan-friendly too.

If your guests aren't too bothered about a 'traditional' sounding roast, then why not try whipping them up our mushroom risotto with an almond crumb, served alongside our winter panzanella?

However, if they do fancy a more traditional roast-style meal, then we have a delicious tofu 'ham' recipe that can be served with out truffle roast potatoes and crumbed roots.

Wild Mushroom, Cranberry and Hazelnut Sausage Plait

It’s easy to make this vegan-friendly, just use a dairy-free puff pastry and brush with vegan mayo rather than egg.

Recipe: Wild Mushroom, Cranberry and Hazelnut Sausage Plait

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Vegan Crispy Polenta and Roasted Squash Cake

This is a real visual centrepiece, full of seasonal vegetables, with a protein boost from the tofu.

Recipe: Vegan Crispy Polenta and Roasted Squash Cake

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Roasted Roots with Winter Pesto

The earthy kale pesto really makes the root vegetables dance.

Recipe: Roasted Roots with Winter Pesto

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Vegan Mushroom Wellingtons

Hearty lentil and mushrooms make these wellingtons the perfect vegan or vegetarian main.

Recipe: Vegan Mushroom Wellingtons

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Truffled Roast Potatoes

These potatoes have a savoury truffle note. If you prefer a stronger flavour, drizzle with extra truffle oil when they’re hot out of the oven (or replace the truffle oil with olive oil if you’re not a fan).

Recipe: Truffled Roast Potatoes

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Whole Baked Tofu ‘Ham’

Tofu’s ability to take on flavours really comes into its own in this vegan roast, where the smokey, salty rub evokes the cured flavour of ham. Glazed and clove-studded, it looks a treat, too.

Recipe: Whole Baked Tofu ‘Ham’

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Vegetarian Get-ahead Gravy

Make sure that if you are making for vegans that you use vegan-friendly stock and wine.

Recipe: Vegetarian Get-ahead Gravy

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Garlic and Sage Roast Potatoes

Make sure to use a mild olive oil as extra virgin oil will add a bitterness. Ideally you want to roast the potatoes in an even layer – the oven tray is ideal for this.

Recipe: Garlic and Sage Roast Potatoes

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Whole Stuffed Celeriac

The earthiness of the mushrooms combined with the truffle oil makes this a perfect vegan showstopper for meat eaters and vegetarians, too.

Recipe: Whole Stuffed Celeriac

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Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce

Pomegranate adds an extra sweet-sour hit to the classic sauce. To make in the microwave, mix step 1 ingredients in a large microwave-safe bowl, cover tightly and microwave on high power for 8-10min, stirring every couple of min.

Recipe: Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce

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Root Vegetable Pithivier

This show-stopping vegan centrepiece is utterly delicious and worth the extra effort this Christmas.

Recipe: Root Vegetable Pithivier

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Vegan Christmas Pudding

This traditional-style pudding is free from gluten, egg, nuts and is suitable for vegans. If you’d prefer to make it alcohol-free, replace the rum with orange juice. Remember to check brands to make sure they are suitable for a gluten-free diet, if needed.

Recipe: Vegan Christmas Pudding

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Pomegranate, Kale and Squash Salad

Recipe: Pomegranate, Kale and Squash Salad

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Chicory and Clementine Salad

This zesty salad with a hint of bitterness is a lovely palate cleanser served with a roast.

Recipe: Chicory and Clementine Salad

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Crumbed Roots

Cinnamon and pecans work wonderfully with the natural sweetness in carrots and parsnips – offset with bite from the mustard.

Recipe: Crumbed Roots

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Hedgehog Sage Roasties

A little twist on the classic roasties. These potatoes are crispy on the outside, buttery-soft on the inside and incredibly moreish!

Recipe: Hedgehog Sage Roasties

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Oaty Bread Sauce with Pangrattato

Oat milk is rich and creamy, making this a vegan bread sauce that everyone will enjoy. The toasty pangrattato topping adds an extra nutty dimension.

Recipe: Oaty Bread Sauce with Pangrattato

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Za’atar Roasted Carrots

These vibrant roasted carrots are the perfect side dish and would also work well with parsnips for a more festive approach.

Recipe: Za’atar Roasted Carrots

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Butternut and Mushroom Wellington

The miso might sound out of place in this vegan wellington, but it adds a delicious savoury flavour that really boosts the mushrooms.

Recipe: Butternut and Mushroom Wellington

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Beetroot and Shallot Tarte Tatin

A stunning vegan main course, even the meat eaters will want a taste! Also a delicious match with beef, if serving as a side dish.

Recipe: Vegan Beetroot and shallot tarte tatin

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Spiced Whole-Roasted Cauliflower

This veggie centrepiece is guaranteed to steal the show at your next dinner party.

Recipe: Spiced whole-roasted cauliflower

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Hasselback Squash

This recipe can easily be made vegan! Just replace goat's cheese with a substitute, we like Violife Feta Style Non-Dairy Cheese Alternative.

Recipe: Hasselback Squash

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Juicy and Fruity Mincemeat

This makes a 500g (1lb 2oz) jar – enough for one batch of our mince pies. Scale up the ingredients to make a larger quantity of mincemeat if it’s destined as a gift.

Recipe: Juicy and Fruity Mincemeat

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Vegan Mushroom Risotto with Almond Crumb

We think Carnaroli rice gives the creamiest risotto, but if not available, Arborio is a great alternative.

Recipe: Vegan Mushroom Risotto with Almond Crumb

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Vegan Chocolate Mousse Torte

We’ve topped this elegant dessert with raspberries, as they pair so well with chocolate, the tangy fruit cutting through the richness of the dairy-free mousse.

Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Mousse Torte

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Winter Panzanella

This traditional Italian salad was originally devised to use up stale bread, so if you have ciabatta or sourdough that’s a few days old go ahead and use it, but as we’re baking the bread until crisp this version works just as well with fresh bread. The bread will soften the longer it sits, soaking up all the delicious juices.

Recipe: Winter Panzanella

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Parsnip and Maple Soup

If you prefer, shop-bought vegetable crisps make a lovely garnish for this soup.

Recipe: Parsnip and Maple Soup

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