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A Traditional Vegetarian Thanksgiving


My whole life, starting at the beginning of November, people (who have found out I'm a vegetarian) have asked me, "So do you celebrate Thanksgiving?"

Um, yes.

Forgive me for thinking you're a dummy, but a) Thanksgiving is about more than just the food (although... not by much), and b) pretty much everything except the turkey can be vegetarian-friendly.  And maybe I'm mistaken, but I feel like a number of people have told me that the turkey is much less exciting than PIE.


Here's our lineup this year:

My beloved Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Bean Casserole
Pumpkin Curry Soup (recipe to come one of these days)
Mashed Potatoes
Cornbread (my fave is the basic one from Mark Bittman); in the past, we've also done a savory one)
Rolls
Pumpkin Stuffed with Bread & Cheese
(In the past, we've also done this yummy Parm & Root Veg Lasagna for a main)
Cranberry Sauce or Cranberry Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip
Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Perhaps Pecan Pie


Also...stuffing.  So here's my confession - I don't really love stuffing.  I know, I know, it's everyone's favorite part of Thanksgiving, yada yada.  I just haven't found one that I love and I'm not sure if it's me or the recipe or maybe just stuffing in general?  I've tried basic ones and even boxed ones (WORST) and fancy (pear pecan, anyone?) and just...meh.  It's kind of supposed-to-be-soggy bread and soggy is my nemesis.  So, any stuffing advice?

6 comments

  1. just got the ingredients for the cranberry dip. can't wait to try it! happy thanksgiving : )

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  2. I LOVE that stuffed pumpkin recipe and have to make it every year as soon as it gets cold! Also, I'm a later convert to the stuffing craze, but these ones are my favorites (the latter can obviously be made vegetarian):
    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Wild-Rice-Stuffing-with-Hazelnuts-and-Dried-Cranberries-102482
    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/New-England-Sausage-Apple-and-Dried-Cranberry-Stuffing-812

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  3. In our few-years stint as vegetarians, I got that comment too, which always baffled me. I'm pretty sure of the 28 years I've been alive, I've only actually eaten turkey at 10 or so of those Thanksgivings. Turkey really is the least exciting part. Maybe the prettiest, most iconic part, but definitely not the most delicious.

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  4. My parents are vegetarians and my mom never ate turkey because she didn't like it. But like you said, pretty much everything else can be vegetarian. I only take maybe three or four bites so. . . yeah probably wouldn't miss it much.

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  5. I've always wanted to try a stuffed pumpkin! The line-up looks very yummy. Did you see Deb's post on stuffing? I am trying her recipe this year. I liked her idea of stuffing for breakfast...maybe having it in a different context helps. All that toasty, buttery bread and sauteed veggies with apples might taste best with a fried egg on top (and make more sense to your palette???).

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  6. i'm MOSTLY vegetarian - i never cook meat at home and only eat it when we are out at a restaurant and not even always then. and i'll be honest - after yesterday, i was like, i could totally do a vegetarian thanksgiving. i had the tiniest bit of turkey and was totally grossed out by the sausage in the stuffing. which! my tip is to bake it after you mix it all up w/ water or chicken broth. it makes it perfectly moist but not soggy.

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