This article originally appeared on Food52.com
Thanksgiving for vegetarians really isn’t that big of a deal. Unless you’re sitting at a table where everything has been pre-drenched in gravy or stewed in chicken stock or fried in bacon fat (I assume that such tables exist, but I have never sat at one), there are probably enough meatless foodstuffs to make a meatless meal.
But it’s a holiday that centers around turkey, and thus there’s an odd spotlight that shines, each year, on meat abstainers. What will they eat? What will they bring? Also: Are they lepers?
When these questions arise, you vegetarians might start to feel defensive or prideful or hungry. In response, let your omnivorous friends know that there are, in fact, plenty of vegetarian dishes that can share the spotlight with turkey and feel a little more main-course-y than brussels sprouts or even a gratin. All they need is to feel comforting, and not yell too loud (e.g. no habañero mac and cheese). Here are 12:
Lablabi (Middle Eastern Spicy Chickpea Stew) by creamtea
Thanksgiving Root Vegetable Pie by Marian Bull
Jeweled Millet by Weird & Ravenous
Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip and Potato Mash by Gena Hamshaw
Creamy Carrot Ginger Bisque with Cashew Cream by Gena Hamshaw
Wintry Corn Bread Pudding by hardlikearmour
Hearty Kale Salad with Kabocha Squash, Pomegranate Seeds, and Toasted Hazelnuts by Gena Hamshaw
Radish and Pecan Grain Salad by Amanda Hesser
Leek and Greens Tart with Cornmeal Crust by fiveandspice
Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout, and Bread Stuffing with Apples by Gena Hamshaw
Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts, Apples, and Dried Cranberries by darksideofthespoon