Festive food for vegans and meat eaters that’ll please everyone – Sydney Morning Herald

December 15, 2021 by No Comments

It’s a stretch to say that turkey faces stiff competition from tofu, but when a major supermarket posts an online guide to festive vegan food, you know that Christmas menus are shifting – and as more people opt for plants over meat, some of us are left wondering how to feed the guest who’s no fan of ham or any other food sourced from animals.

“When meat eaters invite vegans over it’s often like ‘let’s just buy some vegan sausages’ – vegan food is an afterthought,” says Melbourne-based chef Tobie Puttock. “But if you make vegetables shine, you can make vegan food appealing to everyone.”

Make veggies shine by roasting and pairing with dips such as hommus or fresh pesto.Credit:iStock

Each Christmas he feeds a mixed bunch of eaters: his parents and in-laws who all eat meat and his partner and daughter who don’t – Puttock himself eats meat occasionally. Last year, alongside a roast side of salmon and a small turkey breast, he served butternut pumpkins stuffed with walnuts, quinoa, cranberries and sage baked in the oven – a recipe from his book SuperNatural which shows how to create great dishes from plant food alone.

It was the main dish for the vegans, but the meat eaters loved it too, and it highlights some key points about pleasing plant eaters and meat eaters alike. One is that catering for vegans doesn’t have to involve pretend meat; the other is that it’s possible to create a great centrepiece dish without serving a cooked bird or a piece of meat – like Puttock’s roast cauliflower with Romesco sauce, Neil Perry’s vegan paella or Jill Dupleix’s warm roast veggie salad with lemony lentils.

Plant-based nibbles also need some thought. What works for someone who doesn’t eat cheese – especially when COVID makes it tricky to serve communal bowls of nuts? A Mediterranean-ish platter of ready-made falafel, stuffed vine leaves (canned are good) and marinated roast veg from the deli is an easy option, or you could serve crostini with a plant-based pesto. Louise Pfeiffer, Vice-President of the Animal Justice Party, makes this one with artichokes and walnuts and uses vegan fetta to make spinach and cheese triangles with filo pastry.

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And barbecues? That’s where fake meat comes in for those who’d rather not eat the real thing. Plant-based meat can be hit and miss but some products are …….

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/festive-food-for-vegans-and-meat-eaters-that-ll-please-everyone-20211215-p59hok.html

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