Recipes for a Vegan Thanksgiving Feast Worth Celebrating
Veggie Delight on Garlic Bread
"This is a great recipe exactly as written, though I do always salt my eggplant first to make sure it's not bitter," says CARIST. She also finds the recipe to be very versatile: "I vary the amount of each vegetable based on what I have on hand, and it comes out great every time."
Allrecipes home cooks who've made this feast-worthy loaf recommend that you give the tofu plenty of time to get the excess moisture pressed out for best results.
jnoller shares these great tips: "I personally have had fabulous results every time I have made a Tofu Turkey. I press the tofu overnight the night so it really firms up. Then I hollow it out and add the stuffing. Once stuffed I then refrigerate it again for a few hours so it firms nicely and can be turned out into the cooking vessel. It's important to keep it covered with foil and keep marinating it often but COOK at low heat- I do it at 300 for about 2 hours so it won't burn."
Roasted Cauliflower "Rice"
This low-calorie, low-carb alternative to rice is still very satisfying. One pro tip from Chef V: "I always like cooking it in a skillet with some oil so it gets crispy brown."
Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms
Homemade cashew cream, dairy-free shredded cheese, and nutritional yeast come together with garlic, cayenne, and onion powder to create a delicious, savory filling for baked mushrooms.
Stuffed Butternut Squash
"So yummy!" says AMMYBUG. "My family, who usually notices when I cook without meat, were over the moon about this recipe!" And if you'd like to try something a little different, several reviewers suggested substituting curry for the turmeric.
Orange-Cranberry Bundt® Cake
Melinda Christilaw says she loved this with the orange zest amount doubled. "I also substituted 2/3 cup GF flour (next time I will try all gluten-free flour)," she says. "I loved the orange zest and fresh cranberry combination. Not too sweet."
Savory Roasted Root Vegetables
Beets, carrots, potatoes, and onions are roasted with thyme and garlic for a dish that's not only filling, but also looks beautiful on the table. Many reviewers added a splash of balsamic vinegar to intensify the flavors, and said this dish made beet-lovers out of the pickiest eaters.
Vegan Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip
Non-vegans won't even miss the dairy because cashew cream and dairy-free cheese bring the creaminess to this vegan version of a party dip favorite.
Christine Barton says she and her fiancé were blown away by how delicious this recipe was. "We couldn't tell the difference between this and traditional gravy. Super delicious; I highly recommend it!"
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Several recipe reviewers suggest slicing the Brussels sprouts in half for extra-crispy results on this top-rated classic recipe. It only takes 15 extra minutes of prep, and is well worth the effort!
Pumpkin Tart With Pecan Crust
With its crunchy pecan crust, this creamy pumpkin tart brings a little something extra to the table. Stephanie S says, "The pie firmed up beautifully (unlike a lot of other vegan recipes I've tried) and the crust was rich and delicious. I'm not even vegan, but I'll be making this pie from now on!"
Harvest Vegan Nut Roast
This savory loaf takes just 15 minutes of prep, then the oven does the rest of the work. Many recipe reviewers found it baked better in a shallow dish: luvmysigns says, "Instead of using the loaf pan, we put it in a round 9-inch cake pan. It ended up tasting like Turkey Stuffing from my pre-vegetarian days. This was a huge hit in our home (even with my super picky son)!"
Mashed Potatoes and Celery Root
Put a little twist on the usual mashed potatoes with this recipe that calls for celery root—"an awesome discovery for flavor," says dlwings, the recipe's creator. Serve with gravy or without!
"These are very gooey, which is a good thing in my book," says recipe creator, SANDYWIFEY31S. "However, if you want your brownies a little more solid, cook them longer than the recommended time. Great for people with egg or dairy allergies!"
Better-than-Boxed Vegan and Gluten-Free Stuffing
"This vegan and gluten-free stuffing is better than the boxed stuff and very easy to make," says recipe creator fabeveryday. "Whether your guests are vegan, gluten-free, both, or neither, this stuffing will please the whole crowd!"