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Christmas Feast

Merry Vegan Christmas Feast


Christmas Feast

Christmas Feast

Christmas is here already. Time has just flown by. With all the presents wrapped and under the tree, the only thing left is the Christmas Feast tomorrow. I will try to take some photo’s but I have a feeling, that may not happen. I did a practice run for the centrepiece, the Krispy Skin Festive Roast and it turned out wonderful. This is a seitan roast, so unfortunately will not be suitable for gluten intolerant people. I have experimented with eliminating gluten from my diet, and I do not notice any difference, so for special occasions, I will include it. I still have a suspicion it is healthier to limit the amount of gluten in your overall diet.

The recipe for the roast is below, along with the links to all the other goodies that I have already posted previously, just click on the menu items to be taken to the recipes.

One note regarding the roast. When I made it the first time, I did not stuff it. I have just finished cooking the roast for tomorrow in the simmering broth and it is cooling in the broth as we speak. Tomorrow I will add the Krispy Skin and bake it before serving. I did stuff this one, so am very interested in how it will turn out. I will keep you posted.

Speaking of the Krispy Skin, this is fantastic, it is deliciously tasty and crisp but with no guilt. I have taken the concept of this from Chef Skye Michael Conroy (who I recently discovered). His site is amazing and full of wonderful vegan goodies, especially cheeze. I have asked Santa for one of his cookbooks for Christmas.

I wish you all a fantastic Christmas and hope you get to enjoy spending time with your friends and family.



Krispy Skin Festive Roast

Krispy Skin Festive Roast

Christmas Feast Menu:

Festive Bites

Pumpkin coriander Soup with Coconut Cream

Gluten Free Bread

Krispy Skin Festive Roast

scalloped Twin Potato’s

Sweet Oven Roasted Vegetables

Asparagus with Cauli Cheez Sauce


Krispy Skin Festive Roast

Serves 6 – 8

  • 1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 Tblspns sea salt
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 3 cups vital wheat gluten
  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup finely ground raw cashews
  • 4 Tblspns onion powder
  • 4 tspns garlic powder
  • 2 Tblspns dried sage
  • 1 Tblspn poultry seasoning
  • 1 packet dry vegan gravy mix
  • 3 1/2 – 4 cups vegetable stock
  • rice paper
  • 3 Tblspns vegan butter
  • 1 Tblspn tamari or  soy sauce
  • Large Piece cheesecloth and twine

In large stock pot, combine 1/4 cup tamari, sea salt, garlic, onion and vegetable stock. Add 4 cups water. Heat stock to boiling then reduce to simmer until ready to add roast.

In large bowl combine vital wheat gluten, chickpea flour, whole wheat flour, ground raw cashews, onion powder, garlic powder, sage, poultry seasoning and vegan gravy mix.

Make well in centre of dry ingredients, quickly add vegetable stock and mix together. The dough should be moist and not dry. Add additional water if necessary. Knead the dough for 10 mins. This is necessary to create the desired texture.

Place two thicknesses of moistened cheesecloth on counter, place dough on middle of cheesecloth and shape into a loaf. Securely wrap loaf completely in cheesecloth. Tie securely with twine, wrapping it around every two inches.

Add wrapped loaf to the simmering stock. Add additional hot water if necessary to ensure the loaf is completely submerged. The loaf will sink to the bottom of the pot. Let loaf simmer gently (do  not boil) until it floats, approx 1 1/2 – 2 hours. Turn off heat and allow loaf to cool in the broth. You can prepare the roast up to this point the day before. Store overnight in the refrigerator either in the broth or, in a plastic bag.

Remove cheesecloth. Preheat oven to 375 F

Combine the  vegan butter (melted) with remaining tamari and set aside.

Soak enough rice sheets to completely cover roast twice, in warm water.

Brush roast with melted butter/tamari mixture, cover with soft rice paper and smooth. Repeat with  butter and rice paper, finishing with butter, reserving some to use during cooking.

Place roast on oven tray and bake uncovered for 45 mins basting every 15 mins until crispy.

Krispy Skin Festive Roast

Krispy Skin Festive Roast

Nutrition Facts Krispy Skin Festive Roast
Serving Size 239 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 331 Calories from Fat 120
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.3g 20%
Saturated Fat 3.9g 19%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1133mg 47%
Total Carbohydrates 37.8g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6.0g 24%
Sugars 6.7g
Protein 18.7g
Vitamin A   1% Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 7% Iron 18%
Nutrition Grade B+
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

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6 thoughts on “Merry Vegan Christmas Feast

  1. What a lovely spread! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 🙂


  2. Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful day!


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