11 Thanksgiving Contenders


Maybe you need some ideas for what to serve this Thanksgiving, or maybe you don’t. This time of year, I always indulge myself with Thanksgiving fantasies—all the new and sometimes healthy twists on old favorites, or bygone classics I’ve never gotten around to trying, they tempt me like a really great department store catalog with the promise of abundant, unique, exacting perfection. Oh, I think, if I only had my way it’d be SO PERFECT.

But when it comes down to it—and I’ve written about this before, more than once—I always end up having the same epiphany. There are lots of opportunities to host a delicious feast, one in which I, the cook, can have ham-fisted control over every detail. But Thanksgiving isn’t one of them. In my case Thanksgiving is more about tradition and surrender, letting everyone who has a stake do her or his thing, and then, most importantly, about sitting down at the table and sharing it with people you like and love.

That said, maybe you’re still struggling for some vegetarian ideas. Here, in no particular order, are eleven suggestions from the archives.

(And there’s this free little recipe e-pamphlet I made a few years ago, as well as this round-up from before that. Whew.)

1. Main: Lentil & Squash Lasagna with Caramelized Onions (vegetarian)


2. Appetizer: Feta & Radish Dip (vegetaian, gluten-free)

Feta platter

3. Side/Light Main: Zucchini Stuffed with Eggplant and Hazelnuts (vegan)


4. Appetizer: Easy Onion Apple Tart with Spicy Sage Salt (vegan)

Apple onion tart final

5. Main: Holiday Veggie Burger Loaf with Shallot Gravy (vegan)

Holiday loaf final

6. Breakfast: Quinoa and Oatmeal Muffins (vegetarian)

quinoa oatmeal muffins

7. Side/Main: Lentil & Cabbage Skillet Bake (vegan)


8. Appetizer: Jeanne Lemlin’s Layered Vegetable Pâté (vegetarian)


9. Main: Filo with Swiss Chard, Ricotta, and Mushrooms (vegetarian)


10. Side: Whole-Wheat Pull-Apart Biscuits (on Food52) (vegetarian)


11. Side: Mirin Roasted Kabocha (vegan, gluten-free)



One Reply to “11 Thanksgiving Contenders”

  1. Thanks Lukas. As always your ideas inspire me to be more creative and thoughtful in my approach to food preparation.

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