Turkey and ham are a big part of Christmas dinner, but are a big no no for vegans and vegetarians instead? So, what do you eat if you still want a traditional Christmas dinner minus the meat? Thankfully, meat substitutes are only getting better and better but there are also plenty of more natural meat substitutes that are great vegan alternatives to ham for Christmas.
Vegan Alternatives To Ham
like tofu, seitan is made from soy beans, but it has a firmer and more chewy texture than tofu which is why I thinks more suitable as a ham alternative for Christmas. For a turkey & ham Christmas roast, personally I would use the tofu for turkey and seitan for ham.
You can make a delicious maple glaze to sub in for honey to keep it vegan, and add some cloves to keep it festive like this maple glazed seitan ham recipe.
If you want something that really tastes like ham then seitan might not be the thing than you might prefer fake meats. As tofurky seems to be reigning supreme when it comes to vegan Christmas dinner, it made perfect sense for them to release a ham alternative too. It also means you get to spend less time cooking, and more time eating!
Oumph are a fake meat brand, but something I like about them compared to their competitors is that they have much tamer ingredients. You read the label and can actually pronounce the words! It’s mostly made from soya protein, and even it if doesn’t taste spot on like the specific meat you’re replacing, the texture is pretty good! Personally, I don’t like when fake meats are a little too real. Their Salty & Smokey product would make a great vegan substitute to ham, and you can drizzle a maple glaze over to make it more Chrsitmassy.
Jackfruit is great for vegans and vegetarians who are more WFPB because it’s just fruit! It has a very meaty texture and a neutral taste that’s easy to customise. You probably wont be able to get a big roast out of jackfruit as the texture is more like pulled pork.
One thing I would make clear is jackfruit is fairly low in protein, so if you’re relying on this as a meat substitute often, then make sure there’s another source of protein in your meals.
Linda McCartney Beef Roast
Yes, beef and ham are very different meat so a vegan beef roast isn’t the same but Linda McCartney doesn’t have a ham roast. However, with some cloves and maple glaze it can give you the Christmassy flavour you’re looking for, and means less time in the kitchen!
So there are five vegan alternatives to ham to have for Christmas dinner this year. Happy holidays!
While you’re here, don’t forget about the desserts & beverages for to follow your vegan Christmas dinner!
Then curl up on the couch with a good Christmas movie!