20 Fabulous Vegetarian Main Course and Side Dish Recipes for Entertaining
Whether or not there will be vegetarians in the mix at your next gathering, these special-occasion recipes will delight and satisfy everyone at the table.
If you're hosting an upcoming dinner party or holiday feast-or maybe you just want to impress loved ones with a home-cooked meal for the first-time post-pandemic-we have a feeling that these extra-special recipes will come in handy. From appetizers and side dishes to all-star main courses, they're just right for hosting company. Better yet, all of our recipes here are vegetarian, which means that nearly everyone at your gathering will be able to indulge. And in some cases, they can be prepared to suit a vegan diet, too.
Start with the Spaghetti and Eggplant "Meatballs", pictured here. They're totally meat-free and get their heft from roasted eggplant and white beans, plus breadcrumbs, garlic, and oregano. The mixture is formed into meatballs and cooked in a skillet until they're evenly browned. Serve with spaghetti-or any other pasta shape that you love-and a homemade tomato sauce for a vegetarian-friendly twist on a classic dinner.
We also have plenty of vegetable-forward side dishes, including a few variations on a cheesy potato gratin, mashed potatoes, and stuffed vegetables (no peppers here!). Our main courses run the gamut from a silky mushroom pasta to a summer corn risotto to a southern baked macaroni and cheese. Some are perfect for serving on their own, but feel free to mix-and-match mains and sides for a complete dinner for a crowd.
Next time you're entertaining, these vegetarian dishes are sure to impress your loved ones and prompt them to ask, "Can I have the recipe for that?"
White-Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes
Vegetarian Bolognese with Bucatini
Winter Cobb Salad
A typical Cobb salad features bacon, but not this vegetarian version. We serve it with shiitake mushrooms and baked tofu for heartiness, and you'll find that the colorful display will win over any crowd.
Tagliatelle with Porcini Butter Sauce
Whole Roasted Maitake Steaks with Japanese Sweets-and-Leeks Mash
Ready for guests to ooh and ahh at this entrée? Clusters of maitake mushrooms-known as hen-of-the-woods-are roasted with soy sauce and the juice and zest of a lime. They're then served over a combination of Japanese sweet potatoes, turnips, and leeks.
Red Onions Stuffed with Parsley Breadcrumbs
This special occasion side dish only requires a handful of basic ingredients: Stuff red onions with an aromatic combination of herby breadcrumbs with three cups of fresh parsley, then watch your guests gobble them up.
Sweet Corn-Brown Rice Risotto
Leek-and-Goat-Cheese Tart with Rye Crust
Between the golden-brown crust, pale yellow cheese filling, and vibrant green leeks, this vegetarian appetizer is the most beautiful tart we've ever laid eyes on.
Cheesy Spinach-Potato Egg Casserole
Gooey Gouda Puff-Pastry Bites
Start the party with this three-ingredient appetizer-store-bought puff pastry is portioned and placed in a mini muffin tin. Next, they're filled with Dijon mustard and single cubes of Gouda cheese and baked until the cheese has melted and pastry is golden brown.
Pimiento Mac and Cheese
Rutabaga-Sweet Potato Mash with Garlic and Sage
Twice-Baked Potato-and-Raclette Casserole
This is no ordinary potato gratin. Potatoes are sliced into wedges and baked; once they're cooked, the soft potato center is scooped out and mixed with butter, sour cream, cream cheese, grated raclette cheese, and milk. The mixture is transferred to a gratin dish and topped with more raclette and the potato skins.
Stuffed Artichokes with Capers and Cornichons
Serve this stunning vegetarian spring appetizer the next time you're entertaining, and we have a feeling you'll be asked to host again and again.
Honeynut Squash, Leek, and Brie Gratin
Anyone who is suspicious of spinach will be a convert when they taste this crunchy, creamy, and super cheesy side dish at your next dinner party.