7 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes Even Meat-Eaters Will Crave
Satisfy all types of eaters with these showstopping recipes.
The Thanksgiving feast usually centers around the bird, but non-meat-eaters shouldn’t have to resort to a dinner of mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Here are some ideas for apps, mains, and sides that even turkey-lovers will approve of. The recipes below can be served alongside the traditional Thanksgiving turkey or in place of it. Either way, your guests will leave the table feeling fully satiated and wowed by how good vegetarian fare can be.
Wild Mushroom, Spinach, and Gruyere Soufflé
Mushrooms can be a great stand-in for turkey due to their meaty texture and rich, umami flavor. Throw them in a souffle, a dish that always impresses, with gooey gruyere cheese and bright spinach and you’ve got a dish that will wow your Thanksgiving crowd. Don’t be intimidated by the process of baking a souffle; the key to success is beating the egg whites to stiff peaks. Once you master that, you’ll have a fluffy and satisfying main course that tastes as good as it looks.
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Roasted Garlic and Sweet Potato Polenta
Switch up the mashed potato side with this creamy polenta recipe, which includes a whole head of roasted garlic and roasted sweet potatoes. Polenta doesn’t get any creamier (or more delicious) than this. Going the extra step with a fried rosemary topping makes this side dish a Thanksgiving show-stopper.
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Skillet Spinach Lasagna
This modern take on traditional lasagna isn't traditional Thanksgiving fare, but we promise your guests won’t care. Cooking this up in a skillet saves valuable oven space (you’re welcome, turkey and roasted vegetables) and ensures that your veggie guests have something hearty and comforting to dig into. If you’ve got meat eaters at the table, they’ll likely be jealous of this gooey, bubbling creation, so you might want to consider making two versions - one with eggplant, and one with sausage. You could also use a hearty mushroom like portobella in place of the eggplant or meat.
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Sage and Apple Stuffing
Just because someone is skipping turkey doesn’t mean they have to miss out on all the fixings. This flavorful stuff incorporates all the best fall flavors: crispy sage, crispy buttery crust, and grated apple for just a touch of sweetness. And the best part? It only requires 20 minutes of hands-on cooking time.
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Citrus Endive Salad
Salads are a necessary fresh counterpoint to the Thanksgiving richness. This bright and juicy recipe takes advantage of seasonal citrus and fresh belgian endive to lend a welcome, slightly bitter burst to cut through the creamy, heavier sides and main dishes. Segmenting the citrus does take a little time, but you can easily do this step a day in advance and store the slices in their juice in the fridge overnight.
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Farro Bowl With Pomegranate Vinaigrette
This gorgeous recipe is hearty enough to serve as a side dish alongside the bird or on its own as a vegetarian main course.Individually the ingredients are mouthwatering—caramelized sweet potato, crisp fennel, earthy farro, salty feta and crisp fennel—but the pomegranate vinaigrette brings everything together to make this dish sophisticated and worthy of your holiday table.
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Carrot Soup With Candied Almonds
Carrots don’t get much in the way of accolades and fanfare, but this silky soup recipe highlights the humble crisper-companion as the star of the show. The goat-cheese toast and rosemary candied almonds elevates this comforting dish into something your guests will remember long after November comes and goes. It’s a celebration-worthy vegetarian recipe that will please all palettes, and makes the perfect appetizer for your Thanksgiving feast.
Get the recipe: Carrot Soup With Candied Almonds