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Nov 18, 2009 03:39 PM

Help fill out my vegetarian Thanksgiving feast

I have a ton of sides but really want a main to go along with it. I know it's not necessary, but I want one! I am anti-tofurkey but really want a beautiful main dish that will satisfy everyone at the table. Thanks in advance!

Menu so far
sweet and savory spiced nuts (2009 gourmet, p.104)
crudites (raw vegetables, olives--very light so that people are still hungry!)

Ginger jeweled salad (101cookbooks)
yeast-raised cornbread (101cookbooks)
Corn chive pudding (epicurious)
Sage, Walnut and Dried Fig Stuffing (101cookbooks)
Cranberry sauce with crystallized ginger (epicurious)
roasted garlic gravy (gourmet 2008)
green veg of some kind


other general comments on the menu are also welcome...thanks!

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  1. I've been wishing I had a vegetarian at my dinner (or just a few more people) to justify making the stuffed roast pumpkin with cheese fondue from the new Gourmet cookbook: picture and recipe here: It looks beautiful, and would be a great main dish. You could also do a vegetable pot pie.

    1. I always make roasted butternut squash risotto for my main. I adapt a recipe from Epicurious. Will give you the details if you'd like. I like roasted brussels sprouts for the green veg. Your menu sounds fabulous. Good luck.

      1. Thanks to Jasmine and Jane--I think that roasted pumpkin looks amazing!

        I've also made roasted butternut squash risotto, but worry that it won't go with my more traditional sides like dressing, corn pudding, cornbread, etc because of all the starches included. Also, I'm not sure where I'd put the gravy. Gourmet 2009 has a recipe for vegetarian shepherd's pie that I'm thinking about trying but not sure about that yet.

        Continued advice/comments on the menu are welcome! I am going to admit that there will only be four of us, and I know this looks like WAY too much food but I'm planning to cut the recipes down so we don't have too many leftovers. I like variety in my thanksgiving dinner as do my in-laws (that's who we have coming over).

        1. Hey there, how about grilled portobellos? toss them in a little EVO & Sherry Vinegar & then grill or run under the broiler in the oven. You can then stuff them or not.

          Stuffed Eggplants with pinenuts and tomatoes, stuffed any vegetable really.

          Take those mini pumpkins, take off the top, scoop em out, roast em and then fill them back up with wonderful roasted veg medleys.

          Kale stir fry

          1. You're right about there being no need to add anything. This menu has me salivating already. But, you asked for more, so...

            Since you already include a pudding, I'm assuming you are not vegan.

            So what about some sort of egg that would be served atop the dressing? A slow cooked egg, or a poached egg would fit pretty well with the stuffing and gravy. Maybe cook the stuffing, form into cups, and bake an egg into that?

            I might consider substituting a flatbread in place of the cornbread -- nothing wrong with cornbread at all, but I'm thinking it might be nice to get a crunchy crispy texture in there.

            And if dairy is OK, what about a nice cheese? Maybe even split the meal into three courses with the salad, cheese and flatbread coming after the starters?