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A Merry Plant-based Christmas!

A Merry Plant-based Christmas!

We know meat and fish and dairy isn’t for everyone and increasingly so, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a Christmas meal full of flavour and quality! If you’re struggling for plant-based inspiration, or you’re dreading the thought of having to cater for someone who follows a plant-based diet, then look no further! Here’s our top menu suggestions for an animal free Christmas…


  1.   Puy Lentil Pate

Merchant Gourmet Puy Lentil Pate recipe vegan

You seriously will not be able to tell the difference between meat-based pate and this plant-based lentil pate. It’s so quick and easy to make and will make the perfect L’entrée or Christmas party o’dourves.


2. Chestnut Pate de Foie Gras

Merchant Gourmet Chestnut Fois Gras recipe vegan

Now don’t be put off by the name, this chestnut foie gras is 100% free of any animal product! Yet another great recipe for L’entrée’s or Christmas party o’dourves, plus a bit of a talking point too!


3. Chestnut Butter

Merchant Gourmet Chestnut Butter recipe vegan plant based

A festive plant-based butter replacement has arrived! Check out this chestnut butter recipe, perfect for thickening, stirring in and spreading (maybe not for frying). Hooray!


4. Chestnut and Mushroom Gravy

Merchant Gourmet Chestnut & Mushroom Gravy Recipe idea Christmas Roast Dinner

Who says you need a meat based stock to make a delicious, festive tasting gravy with this chestnut and mushroom recipe


5. Daube de beets with chestnuts

Merchant Gourmet Chestnut Daube de Beets Recipe, recipe idea, beetroot stew, beetroot recipe, chestnut recipe, red wine stew, dinner idea, stew recipe, french recipe, chestnuts, merchant Gourmet

A Christmas festival on a plate! This Beetroot stew is a show stopper of reds and greens. Stewed with a vegan red wine, it’s a very special dish to serve up as a festive plant based main or as an accompaniment to a nut roast


6. Chestnut, Mushroom and Sage Roast

Merchant Gourmet Chestnut, Mushroom and Sage Roast recipe Christmas Roast dinner vegan plant based

The ultimate turkey alternative! In this roast the chestnuts add an incredible dense “meaty” texture which goes so well with the crunchy nuts making it a plant-based showstopper!


7. Chestnut Custard

Merchant Gourmet Chestnut Custard recipe plant based vegan dessert

Yes you heard us correctly, VEGAN CUSTARD! Pureed chestnuts are the ideal dairy replacement in dessert recipes. Now those on a plant-based diet needn’t miss out with this luxurious chestnut custard.


8. Fruity Christmas Castagnasccio

Fruity Christmas Castagnaccio Dessert fruit recipe
Fruity Christmas Castagnaccio

This recipe is a Christmas treat for all. From a traditional Italian recipe full of fruit, chestnuts and festive spices, perfect with a cup of coffee or an after-dinner treat.