Vegetarian Mincemeat Recipe (And A Giveaway)

Vegetarian mincemeat recipe - easy vegetarian Christmas mincemeat made with butter and lashings of port

It never feels like Christmas is close for me until I’ve had my first mince pie; they are an absolute essential in making me feel festive and I love them. While I enjoy most mince pies, shop bought or otherwise, as with most things you just can’t beat homemade ones, and if you do make your own then you get the bonus of festive baking, which always helps to put me in a Christmassy mood. If you are going to go through the effort of making your own (and they really aren’t that much effort at all), then you might as well make your own mincemeat too – again, homemade is so much better than shop bought.

Vegetarian mincemeat recipe - easy vegetarian Christmas mincemeat made with butter and lashings of port

Mincemeat is incredibly quick and easy to make yourself, and you get to choose what fruits and alcohol you include – don’t like mixed peel? Substitute with chopped dried apricots. Not a fan of brandy? Use rum, port or sherry instead. Feel free to chop and change the recipe below to suit you, just keep the same basic quantities of everything (ie. swap an ingredient out for the same weight of another) and it will work out just fine.

Vegetarian mincemeat recipe - easy vegetarian Christmas mincemeat made with butter and lashings of port

Mincemeat traditionally contains suet (a throwback to the disturbing days when it contained actual meat…), which means that it isn’t exactly vegetarian friendly. Vegetable suet is available but it doesn’t taste very nice, the good news is that mincemeat can be made with butter, which tastes far superior. Suet based mincemeat is made by simply stirring all of the ingredients together then ladling into sterilised jars, to use butter you need to go through the extra step of heating the ingredients together in a pan, but it’s not like that is difficult or time-consuming so this version is still really quick and easy to make.

Vegetarian mincemeat recipe - easy vegetarian Christmas mincemeat made with butter and lashings of port

Once jarred, the mincemeat will keep for six months, possibly even a year; and it does taste best if given a month or so to mature before using. That said, it does taste great freshly made as well, which is good seeing as there is only less than two weeks, TWO WEEKS!! until Christmas (I wasn’t organised enough to make it any earlier…).

Speaking of jars, aren’t the ones in the photos lovely? They are made by Ball Preserving, and if you would like a chance to win some then I am giving away a Ball home preserving starter kit worth £19.99! Just enter using the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post for your chance to win.

Vegetarian mincemeat recipe - easy vegetarian Christmas mincemeat made with butter and lashings of port

Vegetarian mincemeat recipe - easy vegetarian Christmas mincemeat made with butter and lashings of port
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Vegetarian Mincemeat

Servings 4 jars
Author Domestic Gothess

Ingredients

  • 175 g currants
  • 175 g raisins
  • 175 g sultanas
  • 175 g dried cranberries
  • 100 g mixed peel
  • 120 g butter cubed
  • 220 g light brown soft sugar
  • 50 g almonds chopped
  • 1 large bramley apple peeled, cored and grated
  • 1 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 orange finely grated zest and juice
  • 200 ml ruby port

Instructions

  1. Sterilise 4 370g jars and lids (or 5 slightly smaller ones) by washing in hot soapy water, rinsing well then placing them in a low oven until dry.

  2. Place all of the ingredients apart from the port into a large pan, heat gently, stirring, until the butter has melted then simmer very gently, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.

  3. Remove from the heat and leave to cool until just warm then stir in the port. Divide the mincemeat between the sterilised jars, seal, and store in a cool place for up to six months.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from a recipe by Mary Berry.

I was sent some free products but I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

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79 Comments on Vegetarian Mincemeat Recipe (And A Giveaway)

  1. iain maciver
    December 12, 2016 at 12:52 pm (7 months ago)

    strawberry jam love it

    Reply
  2. Dee Dmonte
    December 12, 2016 at 1:23 pm (7 months ago)

    I grow my own chillis, have over 30 plants and would love to try my hand at making chilli jam!

    Reply
  3. kelly wheelhouse
    December 12, 2016 at 2:07 pm (7 months ago)

    I would make some raspberry jam 🙂

    Reply
  4. Susan Smith
    December 12, 2016 at 3:55 pm (7 months ago)

    Homemade Raspberry Jam, never done it before, so this would be my first go

    Reply
  5. jennifer hull
    December 12, 2016 at 5:14 pm (7 months ago)

    tomato and onion chutney…yummmy

    Reply
  6. Jennifer
    December 12, 2016 at 9:53 pm (7 months ago)

    Raspberry jam, we always have some surplus berries and that would use them up nicely

    Reply
  7. lucy higgins
    December 12, 2016 at 9:57 pm (7 months ago)

    i would make some chutney

    Reply
  8. Lyla
    December 12, 2016 at 10:00 pm (7 months ago)

    Some jam – maybe strawberry

    Reply
  9. A S,Edinburgh
    December 13, 2016 at 12:00 am (7 months ago)

    Raspberry jam, I think. This recipe looks brilliant! Perfect for the season.

    Reply
  10. Graham Ross
    December 13, 2016 at 4:23 am (7 months ago)

    Strawberry jam

    Reply
  11. Elinor aka Beachhutcook
    December 13, 2016 at 5:58 am (7 months ago)

    Love the sound of making mincemeat without suet which never really does it for me. Butter is always good! Elinor x

    Reply
  12. Jennifer Haden
    December 13, 2016 at 10:02 am (7 months ago)

    I’d love to make a blueberry jam, my favourite 🙂

    Reply
  13. Ray Dodds
    December 13, 2016 at 10:23 am (7 months ago)

    Strawberry jam

    Reply
  14. Tracey Peach
    December 13, 2016 at 11:45 am (7 months ago)

    Pickled Cabbage I love it 🙂 x

    Reply
  15. Sarah Mackay
    December 13, 2016 at 12:21 pm (7 months ago)

    I would make plum jam

    Reply
  16. Tracy K Nixon
    December 13, 2016 at 12:42 pm (7 months ago)

    I would make some chutney to go with some cheese and crackers!

    Reply
  17. bobbie minthull
    December 13, 2016 at 12:54 pm (7 months ago)

    have to try your mincemeat

    Reply
  18. ValB
    December 13, 2016 at 1:03 pm (7 months ago)

    I would make some marmalade in January when the Seville oranges are available

    Reply
  19. Rachel white
    December 13, 2016 at 2:29 pm (7 months ago)

    I have a japonica that bears fruits that apparently you can make a jelly preserve with… so that’s what I’d make

    Reply
  20. Holly
    December 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm (7 months ago)

    Definitely the vegetarian mincemeat – I think I need a step by step recipe for my first attempt

    Reply
  21. charlotte
    December 13, 2016 at 4:30 pm (7 months ago)

    id make some tomato chutney

    Reply
  22. Hannah Ingham
    December 13, 2016 at 10:18 pm (7 months ago)

    I’ve love to make some sweet red onion chutney or some lemon curd!

    Reply
  23. Solange
    December 14, 2016 at 1:15 am (7 months ago)

    Strawberry jam

    Reply
  24. Ellie Wood
    December 14, 2016 at 10:52 am (7 months ago)

    Strawberry Jam, it’s perfect on toast

    Reply
  25. Pauline Hill
    December 14, 2016 at 3:30 pm (7 months ago)

    goosberry jam

    Reply
  26. Kimberley Ryan`
    December 15, 2016 at 1:21 pm (7 months ago)

    apple and blackcurrant jam

    Reply
  27. Susan Hoggett
    December 15, 2016 at 3:52 pm (7 months ago)

    some festive chutney for our cold cuts after xmas

    Reply
  28. Tania
    December 16, 2016 at 7:19 pm (7 months ago)

    This looks good. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday!

    Reply
  29. Helen Adams
    December 16, 2016 at 7:44 pm (7 months ago)

    I’d try some rhubarb jam

    Reply
  30. Caroline | carolinescooking
    December 17, 2016 at 2:08 am (7 months ago)

    Funnily enough I just made some homemade mincemeat a couple days ago myself, but don’t have such lovely canning jars so would be great to have some to put another lot in! Thanks for sharing with us at Fiesta Friday.

    Reply
  31. Lorraine Stone
    December 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm (7 months ago)

    Cherry jam

    Reply
  32. Angie McDonald
    December 18, 2016 at 7:28 am (7 months ago)

    I’d make some blueberry jam!

    Reply
  33. Tracy S
    December 18, 2016 at 2:13 pm (7 months ago)

    something with apples off our tree – not sure what yet

    Reply
  34. Victoria Prince
    December 18, 2016 at 3:16 pm (7 months ago)

    I would make some apple chutney with our own apples 🙂

    Reply
  35. Alison
    December 18, 2016 at 4:09 pm (7 months ago)

    raspberry jam, I stilll have loads of raspberries in the freezer

    Reply
  36. Imogen Richards
    December 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm (7 months ago)

    Raspberry and mint jam! So lovely!

    Reply
  37. ADEINNE TONNER
    December 18, 2016 at 5:30 pm (7 months ago)

    I would make some strawberry jam for the family to eat on there toast

    Reply
  38. Sheri Darby
    December 18, 2016 at 6:44 pm (7 months ago)

    Spicy Tomato chutney

    Reply
  39. Anthea Holloway
    December 18, 2016 at 6:45 pm (7 months ago)

    Marmalade – it will soon be time for the Seville oranges to appear in the supermarkets!

    Reply
  40. Lisa Wilkinson
    December 18, 2016 at 8:29 pm (7 months ago)

    Some Chutney for a Ploughmans

    Reply
  41. Edye
    December 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm (7 months ago)

    I would make jam! 🙂

    Reply
  42. Julie Ward
    December 18, 2016 at 9:16 pm (7 months ago)

    Would give it to a friend who makes her own jam

    Reply
  43. Nancy Bradford
    December 18, 2016 at 10:45 pm (7 months ago)

    Some lovely tomato and chili chutney (I’d have a go anyway).

    Reply
  44. Rich Tyler
    December 19, 2016 at 2:00 am (7 months ago)

    onion chutney

    Reply
  45. Natasha R-M
    December 19, 2016 at 6:48 am (7 months ago)

    I would make Blackcurrant and Redcurrant Jam.

    Reply
  46. bella bazley
    December 19, 2016 at 8:06 am (7 months ago)

    The end of the year heralds the arrival of the Seville orange which isn’t as much fun foraging for but it does make delicious marmalade!

    Reply
  47. joanne casey
    December 19, 2016 at 8:06 am (7 months ago)

    Raspberry jam, my favourite!

    Reply
  48. A.E. ADKINS
    December 19, 2016 at 8:15 am (7 months ago)

    Have just acquired a jam kettle so this would be perfect for my first foray into preserves making, I’m thinking Chutney from my neighbours allotment donations. I haven’t rated the recipe as I don’t like dried fruit.

    Reply
  49. emma davison
    December 19, 2016 at 9:00 am (7 months ago)

    cherry jam

    Reply
  50. Jane
    December 19, 2016 at 10:25 am (7 months ago)

    Something with the apples I’ve still got from my apple tree’s havest!

    Reply
  51. Andrea A
    December 19, 2016 at 10:32 am (7 months ago)

    I’d make onion chutney first using the preserving kit.

    Reply
  52. Jo Carroll
    December 19, 2016 at 11:50 am (7 months ago)

    Blackcurrant jam…it’s my favourite and luckily one of the simplest to make. x

    Reply
  53. Susan B
    December 19, 2016 at 12:05 pm (7 months ago)

    We have lots of apples so it would be apple chutney or apple slices in juice.

    Reply
  54. Shannon Mostert
    December 19, 2016 at 12:27 pm (7 months ago)

    I would love to try make chutney, would be my first time making it but would definitely like to give it a try

    Reply
  55. Keith Hunt
    December 19, 2016 at 12:30 pm (7 months ago)

    blackcurrant jam

    Reply
  56. Teresa sheldon
    December 19, 2016 at 2:10 pm (7 months ago)

    Id make red onions n and apple chutney its delicous and this kit would make it so easy to make

    Reply
  57. Jayne Kelsall
    December 19, 2016 at 2:36 pm (7 months ago)

    I would try a cranberry chutney .x

    Reply
  58. Christine Constable
    December 19, 2016 at 2:42 pm (7 months ago)

    Marmalade because my husband loves homemade marmalade

    Reply
  59. donna l jones
    December 19, 2016 at 3:45 pm (7 months ago)

    i would make some chutney

    Reply
  60. rachael mccadden
    December 19, 2016 at 7:55 pm (7 months ago)

    strawberry jam

    Reply
  61. Diana
    December 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm (7 months ago)

    Strawberry jam 🙂

    Reply
  62. Kat Glynn
    December 19, 2016 at 8:44 pm (7 months ago)

    I have a lovely recipe for spiced apple chutney 🙂

    Reply
  63. P Williams
    December 19, 2016 at 9:32 pm (7 months ago)

    Some chutney

    Reply
  64. Diane Duggan
    December 19, 2016 at 10:15 pm (7 months ago)

    Chutney with apples from my tree.

    Reply
  65. Natalie Crossan
    December 19, 2016 at 10:23 pm (7 months ago)

    strawberry jam…. and put it in one of those cute little jars with the gingham!

    Reply
  66. Fiona jk42
    December 19, 2016 at 10:36 pm (7 months ago)

    probably some chutney, I also need to find out how my MIL makes her Indian pickles as my husband loves them and says they are far superior to shop bought.

    Reply

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