The nation's most delicious food holiday doesn't always revolve around roast turkey. Thanksgiving is just about the perfect holiday for vegetarians because so many of the traditional faves are meatless. Let's give it up for our top-rated vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes, breaking this down course-by-course.
Your plant-based chips and hot spinach dip game is gonna be strong. Also, serving a salad as an opener to the lavish meal is especially appropriate, if you go for greens tossed with colorful fall veggies and fruit like delicata squash and everybody's new apple obsession. Or, warm everybody up with a bowl of soup.
- Roasted Acorn Squash Salad
- Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese
- Roasted Beet and Kale Salad
- Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad
- Roasted Cauliflower Soup
- Curry Pumpkin Soup
The Main Event
Tofu turkey has come a looooong way since it first flew onto the culinary landscape. For one thing, tofu is no longer strange and exotic, but now available everywhere. As is seitan and other meat substitutes. Nut loaves also get a whole lot of love from vegetarians. Simmer up a batch of Mushroom Cream Gravy, and the Thanksgiving meal just got so festive. Watch this short video for the full scoop on how to put together the popular Tofu Turkey I recipe.
- Thanksgiving No-Turkey Turkey
- Nut Loaf Supreme
- Meatless Loaf
- Glazed Tofu Meatloaf
- Chef John's Meatless Meatballs
On the Side
The side dishes actually get the chance to take center stage during a vegetarian holiday meal, with the possibilities seemingly endless. We've honed this list to side dishes with a whole lot of personality, and a few with a nod to tradition.
- Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Ricotta Cheese
- Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes
- Corn Pudding IV
- Best Green Bean Casserole
- Scalloped Potatoes II
- Aunt Millie's Broccoli Casserole
- Sally's Spinach Mashed Potatoes
More: Watch this video for tips on making yummy Muffin Tin Potatoes au Gratin.
The Big Finish
Sure, you could do pumpkin pie. But because the vegetarian Thanksgiving is all about clever twists on the typical, why not play around with the dessert course? Maybe offer a buffet of tiny bites, or do a deep dive into pumpkin cheesecake? Mmmmm. Here's a short video that shows how to make a 5-star Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake.