Vegetarian Christmas Eve
- Aimee Dec 12, 2004 03:49 PM
I'm making a vegetarian dinner for four. I'm leaning towards something French-inspired. Perhaps white bean soup, pissaldaire, and salad and cheese. I've never made a bean soup without some sort of meat and I'm wondering if anyone has any good recipes. I'm also open to other menu suggestions. I'd like it to be non-ethinic and somewhat elegant.
Your menu seems a bit spare for a holiday meal. There are some more elaborate menus on the BBC food site. If you do go for the white bean soup, try adding the rind from a piece of parmesan cheese to the broth to compensate for the lack of meat and a small strip of lemon rind for a bit of "brightness." Have a lovely time.
A veg. bean soup from Provence is called "soupe au pistou." It's made w/ white beans, pasta, lots of veg. and is garnished w/ pistou, a pesto-like condiment. This soup is kind of like the French version of minestrone. I've linked a recipe from about.com to give you an idea, but I would try to find a recipe from Patricia Wells or Jacques Pepin.
Your menu sounds good, but if I were to make this for a holiday gathering, would add a couple of more items. The pissaladiere is more like an app. to me, so perhaps make a light main to follow. How about a roasted veg. terrine or eggplant rolls? For a simple dessert, you can serve French vanilla ice cream w/ caramelized apples or bananas. For fancier, then I'm a big fan of tart tatin.
re: Carb Lover
Thanks everyone for the replies. I was planning on filling the menu in a bit but I hadn't decided with what. The Pistou soup sounds exactly like what I was looking for. I'm still leaning towards making some kind of tart as a main course but also serving some hearty h'ors devours.
I've recommended the recipe linked below on this board before for others who have sought advice on festive vegetarian entrees -- it's a Root Vegetable Cobbler with Chive Biscuit Topping. Made in individual ramekins, it provides a nice presentation, even though at heart it's really a variant of a pot pie. My vegetarian friends *really* like this dish, and appreciate an entree that is not just a meatless pasta or the like.
The flavor (and content -- yum, cream!) would match well with a french theme -- herbs are thyme and chives.
On the soup question, vegetarian bean soups can be very tasty -- you don't need that smokey meat flavor for them to be good. You need to make sure you include garlic, onion, and herbs and don't shy away from the salt.