Vegetarian Thanksgiving Entree
We're doing a buffet for 350 at work for the holidays next month. Menu is pretty simple: turkey w/dressing, mashers and gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, tossed salad, cranberries, roll/butter and pie. A good 10-15% of the attendees are vegetarian. Last year we served Tofurkey. We've been asked to serve something else for the vegetarians as the consensus was they didn't like the Tofurkey. They've also said no to vegetarian lasagna.
Sooo, with the 2 vegetarian items we usually fall back on, I am looking for suggestions for an entree for vegetarians that is appropriate to the holidays.
I don't think in terms of catering numbers; my ideas may be completely undoable for the scale you need to do this. But here are some of my favorite autumn entrees:
acorn squash halves stuffed with some sort of wild rice-based stuffing
savory tarts or galettes (think sweet potato and chard, or mushroom and some other greens, or leek and onion)
root vegetables braised in some interesting way
root vegetable gratin
Please let us know what you decide on.
We would like to do stuffed squash halves, it was actually our first choice, but since it will be served buffet style, and many non-vegetarians would select it as a side, we'd have to make way more than 50 servings. We've done this party for years and know the client and attendees really well. It's free so the entitlement mentality kicks in and they take anything that isn't nailed down. One year a group of women tried to take one of the chafing dishes back to the office "for the people that couldn't come". That was a new one :-D We've got the oven space to do 350+ squash halves, just not the labor
I like the mushroom bourguignon idea and a gratin may work as well. Thanks for the ideas
1) I thought so many of these sounded good, and many of them are vegetarian (I am not). http://www.chow.com/galleries/131/16-...
2) Also, when you are talking vegetarian lasagna? most people think eggplant and marinara. However, I've found some awesome recipes (on here, for instance: Winter Greens Lasagna) for lasagnas made with other ingredients, like squash, which are downright awesome and would fit in perfectly with the autumnal theme. NOTE: Most of these use cream-based sauces vs. tomato-based.
If you don't think of vegetarian as a limitation, you'll find all sorts of great recipes on line at all the major sites, for recipes that use winter vegetables in amazing ways. In fact, most of the recipes that I find myself bookmarking contain no meat.
I did look at the casserole link and a couple of them - well mostly the Vegetable Shepard's Pie - looked doable. Thanks for reminding me
Our vegetarian lasagna is a commercial product made by Stouffers. For what it is, it's actually pretty good. The client just wants something different this time around. No lasagna in any form this year.