As Christmas approaches, we’ve put together a selection of vegetarian menu ideas that can be prepared and enjoyed by those who are fasting for religious reasons, and by those who avoid meat because of health or environmental issues.
To be easier to follow us, we’ve divided the topic of what to cook for Christmas with vegetables into three different articles, each based on three different mushrooms. According to this, we will have an article on brown mushrooms, one on white mushrooms and one on the so popular oyster mushrooms.
As we have shown in the title of the present article, this one will have as the protagonist the white champignon, which will play the main role in our Christmas menu recommendation.
White champignon and oyster mushrooms are undisputedly the most popular cultivated mushrooms in the world. Both their cap and trunk can be consumed as well, and practically, they can be used in any recipe containing mushrooms.
White champignons are a winner when it comes to savory dishes
However, some people prefer brown champignons, saying that some growers spray white champignons with chemicals after picking them, so that they stay fresh and do not oxidize. We can not say for others, but in what concerns us, at Boglar Champ, the mushrooms are delicious, highly nutritional white champignons and are totally chemical-free, therefore no need to worry!
Recommended Vegetarian Dishes for Christmas
Appetizer: fresh mushroom salad
Main Dish: vegan mushroom soup and vegetarian moussaka
Dessert: cheese-mushroom pie
A fresh mushroom salad is not only excellent as a side dish, but also as an appetizer. It is made with white champignons, fresh lemon juice, parmesan and fresh parsley. The salad can be thrown together practically in just a few minutes!
After a salad appetizer, a soup may lose its sense, but on a chilly winter’s day it may gain more importance for it warms the heart and soul. The mushroom soup that we recommend for you today is a soup made with white and brown champignons, it recharges and refreshes one, especially on cold winter days.
As a main dish, we recommend a more time-consuming, but festive dish: the moussaka. Moussaka does not necessarily have to be a greasy, meaty dish: the same divine taste and an excellent texture can be achieved by preparing it with mushrooms, transforming it in a delicious, yet healthy, vegetarian dish.
If your family is a meat-eater and can’t imagine the holidays without meaty dishes, we recommend: milanese mushrooms. It can be a meaty or a meatless (omit the bacon) version, after preference, in any case, it needs white or brown champignons.
Finally, the dessert. On such family occasions that focus on spending more quality time together, the menu can be long and consistent. Anyway, the kids will surely love this! It is made of at least three types of cheese (but of course, it can be made with more): parmesan, mozzarella and gouda or cheddar. If someone misses the first part of the family dinner, can still be sated by having this dish.