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
4.69 from 16 votes

Vegetarian Mincemeat

Servings 4 jars
Author Domestic Gothess


  • 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


  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 (2 years ago)

    strawberry jam love it

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

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

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

    I would make some raspberry jam 🙂

  4. Susan Smith
    December 12, 2016 at 3:55 pm (2 years ago)

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

  5. jennifer hull
    December 12, 2016 at 5:14 pm (2 years ago)

    tomato and onion chutney…yummmy

  6. Jennifer
    December 12, 2016 at 9:53 pm (2 years ago)

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

  7. lucy higgins
    December 12, 2016 at 9:57 pm (2 years ago)

    i would make some chutney

  8. Lyla
    December 12, 2016 at 10:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Some jam – maybe strawberry

  9. A S,Edinburgh
    December 13, 2016 at 12:00 am (2 years ago)

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

  10. Graham Ross
    December 13, 2016 at 4:23 am (2 years ago)

    Strawberry jam

  11. Elinor aka Beachhutcook
    December 13, 2016 at 5:58 am (2 years ago)

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

  12. Jennifer Haden
    December 13, 2016 at 10:02 am (2 years ago)

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

  13. Ray Dodds
    December 13, 2016 at 10:23 am (2 years ago)

    Strawberry jam

  14. Tracey Peach
    December 13, 2016 at 11:45 am (2 years ago)

    Pickled Cabbage I love it 🙂 x

  15. Sarah Mackay
    December 13, 2016 at 12:21 pm (2 years ago)

    I would make plum jam

  16. Tracy K Nixon
    December 13, 2016 at 12:42 pm (2 years ago)

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

  17. bobbie minthull
    December 13, 2016 at 12:54 pm (2 years ago)

    have to try your mincemeat

  18. ValB
    December 13, 2016 at 1:03 pm (2 years ago)

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

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

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

  20. Holly
    December 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm (2 years ago)

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

  21. charlotte
    December 13, 2016 at 4:30 pm (2 years ago)

    id make some tomato chutney

  22. Hannah Ingham
    December 13, 2016 at 10:18 pm (2 years ago)

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

  23. Solange
    December 14, 2016 at 1:15 am (2 years ago)

    Strawberry jam

  24. Ellie Wood
    December 14, 2016 at 10:52 am (2 years ago)

    Strawberry Jam, it’s perfect on toast

  25. Pauline Hill
    December 14, 2016 at 3:30 pm (2 years ago)

    goosberry jam

  26. Kimberley Ryan`
    December 15, 2016 at 1:21 pm (2 years ago)

    apple and blackcurrant jam

  27. Susan Hoggett
    December 15, 2016 at 3:52 pm (2 years ago)

    some festive chutney for our cold cuts after xmas

  28. Tania
    December 16, 2016 at 7:19 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks good. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday!

  29. Helen Adams
    December 16, 2016 at 7:44 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d try some rhubarb jam

  30. Caroline | carolinescooking
    December 17, 2016 at 2:08 am (2 years 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.

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

    Cherry jam

  32. Angie McDonald
    December 18, 2016 at 7:28 am (2 years ago)

    I’d make some blueberry jam!

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

    something with apples off our tree – not sure what yet

  34. Victoria Prince
    December 18, 2016 at 3:16 pm (2 years ago)

    I would make some apple chutney with our own apples 🙂

  35. Alison
    December 18, 2016 at 4:09 pm (2 years ago)

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

  36. Imogen Richards
    December 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Raspberry and mint jam! So lovely!

    December 18, 2016 at 5:30 pm (2 years ago)

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

  38. Sheri Darby
    December 18, 2016 at 6:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Spicy Tomato chutney

  39. Anthea Holloway
    December 18, 2016 at 6:45 pm (2 years ago)

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

  40. Lisa Wilkinson
    December 18, 2016 at 8:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Some Chutney for a Ploughmans

  41. Edye
    December 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm (2 years ago)

    I would make jam! 🙂

  42. Julie Ward
    December 18, 2016 at 9:16 pm (2 years ago)

    Would give it to a friend who makes her own jam

  43. Nancy Bradford
    December 18, 2016 at 10:45 pm (2 years ago)

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

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

    onion chutney

  45. Natasha R-M
    December 19, 2016 at 6:48 am (2 years ago)

    I would make Blackcurrant and Redcurrant Jam.

  46. bella bazley
    December 19, 2016 at 8:06 am (2 years 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!

  47. joanne casey
    December 19, 2016 at 8:06 am (2 years ago)

    Raspberry jam, my favourite!

  48. A.E. ADKINS
    December 19, 2016 at 8:15 am (2 years 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.

  49. emma davison
    December 19, 2016 at 9:00 am (2 years ago)

    cherry jam

  50. Jane
    December 19, 2016 at 10:25 am (2 years ago)

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

  51. Andrea A
    December 19, 2016 at 10:32 am (2 years ago)

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

  52. Jo Carroll
    December 19, 2016 at 11:50 am (2 years ago)

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

  53. Susan B
    December 19, 2016 at 12:05 pm (2 years ago)

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

  54. Shannon Mostert
    December 19, 2016 at 12:27 pm (2 years ago)

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

  55. Keith Hunt
    December 19, 2016 at 12:30 pm (2 years ago)

    blackcurrant jam

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

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

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

    I would try a cranberry chutney .x

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

    Marmalade because my husband loves homemade marmalade

  59. donna l jones
    December 19, 2016 at 3:45 pm (2 years ago)

    i would make some chutney

  60. rachael mccadden
    December 19, 2016 at 7:55 pm (2 years ago)

    strawberry jam

  61. Diana
    December 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Strawberry jam 🙂

  62. Kat Glynn
    December 19, 2016 at 8:44 pm (2 years ago)

    I have a lovely recipe for spiced apple chutney 🙂

  63. P Williams
    December 19, 2016 at 9:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Some chutney

  64. Diane Duggan
    December 19, 2016 at 10:15 pm (2 years ago)

    Chutney with apples from my tree.

  65. Natalie Crossan
    December 19, 2016 at 10:23 pm (2 years ago)

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

  66. Fiona jk42
    December 19, 2016 at 10:36 pm (2 years 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.


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