13 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes for a Meat-Free Holiday
At the center of every Thanksgiving celebration is a delicious roasted turkey; however, vegetarian and vegan guests deserve a main course that is just as impressive and indulgent. These vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes will satisfy everyone at the table. While many Thanksgiving side dishes are vegetarian, such as mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, Sautéed Brussels Sprouts, and buttermilk biscuits, we feel strongly that everyone should have a something special they can eat for their main course.
These meatless recipes are far more satisfying than tofurky. Take our Cauliflower, Red Onion, and Chestnut Tart, for example. The tart dough is made with ground hazelnuts, which add a nutty flavor that takes this crust to the next level. For the ultimate comfort food, make the Honeynut Squash, Leek, and Brie Gratin pictured here. Looking for something especially impressive? With its vivid colors and varied textures, this autumnal Acorn Squash with Mixed-Grain Stuffing should do the trick. Make the filling up to three days in advance to save time on the day of Thanksgiving.
We're including a few unique vegetarian and vegan side dish recipes for Thanksgiving here as well. If you or a guest refrain from eating traditional Southern collard greens because of the inclusion of pork, we have a solution. Our vegetarian collard greens use the rind from Parmesan cheese to achieve the same savory, salty flavor that ham or bacon brings. Here's another delicious idea: Creamed-Spinach Gratin. It's simple, and luxurious—don't even get us started on that golden brown, crunchy panko topping. Be sure to make room on your plate for second helpings.
No matter which dish you make, vegetarians guests will rejoice over these meatless Thanksgiving recipes made just for them.