What vegetables do you have at Christmas dinner? (13 Options)

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, what vegetables do you have at Christmas dinner? We will talk about most of the vegetables and recipes to try for Christmas. 

What vegetables do you have at Christmas dinner?

You can have roast potatoes, carrots, parsnip, Brussel sprout, Broccoli sauce, cauliflower cheese, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, and avocado.

Brussel sprouts are also made with ginger and orange, and shallots.

Also, red cabbage, parsnip, sweet potato, and cauliflower with cheese are also celebrated during Christmas time. 

You could also make brown buttered vegetables by using all three; carrots, leeks, and Brussel sprouts. To make 3-in-1 brown buttered vegetables, boil the vegetable by starting with carrots, then adding sprouts and leeks.

Take a pan and add a helping of butter. Sizzle until the butter becomes brown. Add sage and black pepper and the rest of the vegetables. 

After the vegetables become brown and crispy, take them out and season with sea salt. Roasted Cook carrots, parsnips, and red onions together. Start by preheating your oven to 400 Fahrenheit. Cut your vegetables and saute in olive oil with salt and black pepper. Spread out the vegetables in a baking pan and cook for around 20 minutes until it becomes tender. 

Let us discuss some vegetable recipes for Christmas;

  1. Potatoes 

Potatoes are a classic thing to eat on Christmas. They are easy to prepare and make comforting Christmas food. Potatoes are very versatile; there are countless methods to prepare them but on Christmas, the highlight is on roast potatoes and mashed potatoes.

Roast Potatoes 

To make roast potatoes, peel and parboil in a pot of water for a few minutes. Discard all the water thoroughly, and let them sit to get rid of the moisture. 

Also, shake the pot around to give the potatoes some structure and make them crispy. 

Preheat your oven to 400 Fahrenheits. Take a roasting pot and heat some olive oil. Add the potatoes to it and fry for 15 to 30 minutes.

Mashed Potatoes

To make mashed potatoes, peel your potatoes and simmer in boiling water. After you discard the water, heat a cup of milk with a chunk of butter. Add the potatoes, and chopped parsley. Mix and turn to make the mix smooth and creamy. 

Some premium potato recipes you can try are lemon and garlic roast potatoes and creamy dauphinoise potatoes.

Red cabbage is also a viable option for Christmas that can be cooked as sticky spiced Red cabbage and pickled red cabbage with walnuts and apple. Even desserts can use vegetables such as sage and onion Yorkshire pudding

  1. Carrots

You can go for either hazelnut and mustard carrots or glazed carrots.

To make glazed carrots, steam the carrots for 5-7 minutes and add caraway seeds, butter, and honey to serve.

Also try herb-buttered baby carrots by first mashing butter, tarragon, parsley, and mustard, and seasoning. Clean the carrots and cut them halfway. Microwave for 8-10 minutes and serve with butter. Alternatively, you could also steam the carrots.

To make hazelnut and mustard carrots, toast the hazelnut and then chop. Add mustard, vinegar, and sherry. Add oil while you whisk. 

Boil the carrots and serve over the hazelnuts.

3. Brussel Sprouts

Blanch your peeled and trimmed Brussel sprouts. Fry pancetta in olive oil and add the Brussel sprouts. Chop some chestnuts and add lemon zest to it.

You could also boil the Brussel sprouts for a few minutes in saltwater. Fry some bacon in olive oil and serve with the Brussel Sprouts. Make sure to rinse off all the water. 

Season with black pepper and salt and serve.

4. Spinach

You can make creamed spinach or a Christmas dip. Creamed spinach is a delicacy and one of the popular options to serve at the Christmas table.

5. Kale

Kale is a nutritious and versatile vegetable to put at the Christmas dinner. You can try making either Crispy Christmas kale, kale pomegranate salad with goat cheese, or a Christmas Wreath salad.

6. Avocado

Make either an exciting salad or toast in the shape of a Christmas tree or keep it simple and make good old guacamole. 

7. Braised Celery

To make braised celery, wash and cut your celery sticks into 4 cm. Take your pan and add a generous chunk of butter, salt, and pepper. After the butter melts, add a few sprinkles of cold water, boil and simmer for five minutes. Before you serve, remember to drain out the water thoroughly. 

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question, what vegetables do you have at Christmas dinner? We talked about most of the vegetables and recipes to try for Christmas. 

Citations

https://www.bordbia.ie/recipes/christmas-recipes/christmas-vegetables/
https://www.olivemagazine.com/recipes/collection/best-ever-veggie-sides-for-christmas/
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/christmas-trimmings-recipes
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/hazelnut-mustard-carrots
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/herb-buttered-baby-carrots

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