Tesco has gone all out this year with its plant-based offerings with a huge array of vegan Christmas dishes on offer including a vegan wellington, turkey-free roast crown and a meat-free roast
The UK is experiencing a scorcher of a heatwave right now, and Tesco has got us thinking longingly about the cool crisp winter air as it announces the fabulous festive vegan fare coming to stores this Christmas.
This year, you can enjoy a very vegan Christmas as Tesco has something for everyone, with a range of innovative plant-based dishes so you can enjoy a delicious dinner with all the trimmings.
Canapes & Nibbles
Wow your guests this Christmas with an impressive spread of party food favourites with a vegan twist as the retailer has got a tasty range of vegan-friendly finger foods coming to stores this autumn.
Kicking off the celebrations this year, Tesco is launching Plant Chef No Mozzarella Sticks filled with mozzarella-style vegan cheese covered in a crispy breadcrumb coating.
Your guests won’t believe them when you tell them the Wicked Kitchen No-Chicken Drumettes (£4) are plant-based, but they are!
The new finger-licking drumettes come with a wicked spicy golden crumb and will be the talk of the party when your guests find out they’re meat-free.
Known for its innovative dishes, the Wicked Kitchen range will also feature a vegan alternative to breaded shrimp, Wicked Kitchen No-Prawn Firecracker Dippers.
These prawn-free nibbles look and taste like the real deal but are made from soybeans seasoned with kicks of spice and a smoky BBQ sauce.
From September 14th, you’ll also find Plant Chef BBQ Jackfruit Bon Bons (£2 for 8) on sale. These tasty bites feature pulled jackfruit coated in a crunchy seasoned crumb and a sweet and smoky barbecue sauce.
Sides & Trimmings
Last year, Tesco gave the nations favourite trimming, Pigs in Blankets, a vegan makeover and the plant-based Plant Chef Pigless Blankets (£2.20 for 10) are back by popular demand this year after they sold out in 2019.
The supermarket is launching a completely meat-free roast this year, so of course, they had to launch some plant-based stuffing to give vegans the full cruelty-free Christmas roast experience too!
The Plant Chef Sage & Onion Stuffing Balls (£2.00 for 12) are made with pea protein and vegetable suet with sage and onion and will be available to purchase from 23rd November.
Give your plate a pop of colour with the Roasting Roots Rainbow Carrots & Parsnips with Thyme which come pre-prepared and ready to roast to take the pressure off you on the big day.
Take the fuss out of cooking this year and leave yourself time to relax and enjoy the holidays as Tesco has three marvellous meat-free mains on offer for vegans and vegetarians this year.
If you are a Wellington fan then you’ll be pleased to hear you won’t have to spend hours making your own this year as Tesco is offering a Wicked Kitchen Wellington (£7.00) that serves four hungry people.
The hand-rolled ‘No-Beef’ wellington is the perfect plant-based centrepiece and is filled with a tasty seasoned pea protein, onion and garlic sautéed porcini and chestnut mushroom duxelles all wrapped up in flaky pastry. You can find this one in stores and online from November 30th.
Give turkeys a break this year with the brand new Wicked Kitchen No-Turkey Roast Crown (£5.00). This impressive easy-carve main will delight your guests and is made with savoury soy and wheat protein topped with vegan coconut melt and a sage and onion stuffing crumb.
Unlike a traditional turkey, this cooks in 45 minutes and has a texture like real turkey according to the supermarket.
Tesco will truly make you wonder why anyone still eats meat with its next new meat-free main for 2020 – the Tesco Plant Chef Meat-Free Festive Vegan Roast (£6.00).
This hogless log-shaped centrepiece is made with pea protein and caramelised red onions and is served with a sweet Merlot red wine glaze.
If you’re looking for a classic nut roast then look no further than the Plant Chef Festive Nut Roast & Gravy. This wonderfully texture peanut and hazelnut roast is studded with apricots and cranberries and comes ready to serve with a sachet of onion gravy.
Before you fall asleep on your sofa after this vegan feast, make sure you cut yourself a slice of the new Wicked Kitchen Ginger Chai Cake (£9.00).
Spiced with seasonal flavours, this ginger-spiced chai tea-soaked cake is hand frosted, dusted with cinnamon-sugar and topped with caramelised ginger pieces for a truly special Christmas centrepiece. You’ll find this on sale from September 28th.
If you love snuggling up in front of the fire with a cup of mulled wine and a warm mince pie then you’ll be pleased to hear that the supermarket is launching a brand-new, plant-based version of the Christmas staple – Plant Chef Mince Pies (£1.25 for 6).
According to Tesco, the Tesco Plant Chef mince pies ‘offer a no butter, but no compromise, alternative to the traditional Christmas treat.’
‘Complete plant-based holiday experience’
Head of Plant-Based Innovation at Tesco, Derek Sarno, said: “For all you rock stars who are eating less meat or are full-on vegan, we are offering a complete plant-based holiday experience at Tesco this Christmas!
“We’ve got everything from amazing new centrepieces that will totally wow the family, through to plant-based versions of favourite trimmings including pigless blankets. And don’t forget the beautiful selection of desserts and sweet treats – no one has to miss out this Christmas.”
Looking for what’s on offer at Tesco in 2022?
Here is what’s in store this year in the Tesco vegan Christmas range.