Cobbling together a meal of veg-friendly side dishes used to be the humble mission of vegetarians during Thanksgiving. Although we don’t object to candied sweet potatoes, creamy green bean casserole, and roasted root vegetables, we’ve rounded up 12 vegetarian Thanksgiving dishes that will make any vegetarian guest give thanks (and fill hungry bellies).
Whether you serve them alongside the traditional turkey fare or create an all veg feast that brings together the flavors of fall and the spirit of family, friends, and togetherness, these savory and hearty vegetarian meals will answer for good the question your nosy Uncle Ted is bound to ask: “Exactly what do vegetarians eat?” How about butternut squash and spinach lasagna, cauliflower and kale pie with potato crust, or a portabello mushroom stuffed with sweet potato and stuffing? Just don’t be surprised if some of the non-vegetarian dinner guests sneak a second helping; maybe next year they’ll join the vegetarian club.
Everyone will be fighting to try your contribution to the table with this show-stopping vegetable tian. Thinly sliced apples, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and squash are layered in an eye-catching pinwheel pattern on a bed of sautéed leeks. Fresh thyme will give this heavenly dish an extra fragrant smell as it bakes.