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Rockin’ Vegetarian Pigs in Blankets – Christmas Feasts

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No Christmas is complete without vegetarian pigs in blankets.

Well, actually, to me, no Christmas is complete without seeing lots of friends of family, but covid-19 has seen to that one.

So we’ll make do with what we’ve got, and be grateful for it.

And what we have are vegetarian pigs in blankets

There are many things I love about Christmas, and food is certainly one of them. When I first started my veggie journey so many years ago, I did initially struggle with two times of year as a non meat-eater.

They were Christmas and BBQs.

Christmas main courses were quickly solved, as were roasted veggies and desserts, of course. But what about alternatives to meat-based sides like pigs in a blanket? Not so easy.

Or so I thought, anyway.

The ingredients are on the table - halloumi, courgette, aubergine, lemon and basil #salt #pepper | hurrythefoodup.com
The halloumi pigs in blankets are placed on a baking tray #halloumi #courgette | hurrythefoodup.com

It turns out halloumi was the missing ingredient. Halloumi, and smoked paprika.

Regular paprika will do if you’re in a push, but if you can get the smoked stuff then it’s well worth it.

Halloumi is the perfect ‘pig’ and courgette or aubergine (or both!) are great as the ‘blanket’. Or should that be zucchini and eggplant?

You can add flavourings to your heart’s content, but salt, pepper and paprika are the bare basics.

If you’ve got those, you can make awesome vegetarian pigs in blankets. Or halloumi pigs in blankets, I suppose.

If you’re still looking for a vegetarian main course, then check out this bad-ass nut roast or this feastable veggie wellington. Both rock and make Christmas food as it should be.

Right over here we have a great new take on honey roasted carrots and parsnips, too.

Need a dessert? A favourite here is cinnamon baked pears with walnuts and maple syrup. Lush.

Vegetable blankets are wrapped around the halloumi pig and placed on a baking tray #aubergine #lemon juice | hurrythefoodup.com

Which veg is easier to use, aubergine or zucchini? Or eggplant or courgette.

One thing occurred to me as a wrote this recipe out.

The two vegetables used as blankets in vegetarian pigs in a blanket have different names across the globe in just the English language.

So if you’ve never heard of a courgette or aubergine before, I simply mean a zucchini or eggplant.

An apparently now obsolete name for aubergine is mad-apple, which is just the best so far.

Anyway, I found while testing this recipe that zucchini (or courgette) is nice and easy to slice with a cheese slicer, while aubergine (eggplant) needs a sharp knife.

Both are healthy veggies, (zucchini health benefits), and both would do well to feature at the table (aubergine health benefits).

Taste-wise, personal preference wins out here. For me, I just can’t decide and I make the recipe using both aubergine and zucchini.

Why not? It is Christmas after all.

The dish is served with lemon and fresh basil on a plate on a white table #halloumi #zucchini | hurrythefoodup.com
Vegetarian Pigs in a Blanket are ready for munching #basil #pepper | hurrythefoodup.com
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Vegetarian Pigs in Blankets

The vegetarian Christmas dilemma is solved with these amazing sides – Christmas feasts are better and more vegetarian than ever!
Course Lunch, Mains, Side
Time 25 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 396kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pack halloumi (7oz / 200g)
  • 1 courgette (zucchini)
  • 1 aubergine (eggplant)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika (or regular)

Optional:

  • Handful basil, finely chopped

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F.
  • Using a cheese slicer or vegetable peeler, peel slices of courgette and aubergine skin. You may need to use a knife for the aubergine.
  • Lay the slices of veg onto a lined baking tray and bake for about ten minutes, until they’ve softened a little.
  • Remove the vegetable slices from the heat and leave to cool slightly, whilst slicing the halloumi into thick slices, and about as wide as a slice of veg.
  • Wrap the vegetable slices around the halloumi and lay back on the lined baking tray. Sprinkle over the salt, pepper and paprika powder.
  • Bake for 10 – 15 minutes, until the halloumi is soft and beginning to brown.
  • Add the lemon juice and basil for the last five minutes.
  • Serve as a side dish along with your favourite Christmas treats! Delicious!

Notes

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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Vegetarian Pigs in Blankets
Amount per Serving
Calories
396
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
26
g
40
%
Saturated Fat
 
17
g
106
%
Sodium
 
2377
mg
103
%
Potassium
 
826
mg
24
%
Carbohydrates
 
19
g
6
%
Fiber
 
9
g
38
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Protein
 
26
g
52
%
Vitamin A
 
1234
IU
25
%
Vitamin C
 
25
mg
30
%
Calcium
 
1036
mg
104
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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About Dave

From the UK to Germany with many stops along the way. Food without meat is the best type of food. And I plan to share it!

This article has been medically reviewed by James Bell

Healthy, nutritious and absurdly tasty food? That’s what I’m all about. I love recipes which are full of flavour but are good for you too. My job in family medicine led me to become a nutrition professional as well, with an aim to get people healthier just by the food they eat.

6 comments

  1. Hi there! I have been looking for a recipe for vegetarian gravy for a long time and yet to find a good one. Please let me know if there is anything you can recommend.

    • Hi Raquel! Actually, I don’t have one off the top of my head but will definitely update if I find one. I’ve just put it on my list, thanks!

  2. Whoa! I’m totally into this idea – love it.

  3. 5 stars
    This sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it!
    P.S. factory farming does suck ass!
    Thanks for all you provide in your website and emails!
    Merry Christmas!

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