If you’re on a, the holidays can sometimes be a trying time. Especially when large-format meats take center stage on holiday spreads. And options for vegetarians are often relegated entirely to the realm of side dishes, superb though they may be.
Is it that these are the most delectable dishes for holiday entertaining? I’d argue… not necessarily.
Those options are themselves more about what they stand for: the theatrics in the presentation, the ritual of time and care in their preparation and the ability to feed the hungry multitudes in one show-stopping centerpiece.
Well then, who’s to say as a vegetarian or vegan host this season, that you cannot provide precisely that in a plant-based alternative, without eliminating any of the above in terms of meaning, care and theatricality? Leave the vegetarian-friendly side dishes, excellent though they are, on the side where they belong, with these 10 vegetarian and vegan holiday mains that sacrifice nothing in terms of flavor and awe, not to mention the turkey himself.