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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu and Recipes

Your Guide to a Stunning Vegetarian Thanksgiving Spread

Just because you or much of your brood passes on the meat doesn't mean that Thanksgiving has to be a letdown. And it doesn't mean that you have to center your meal around a stuffed Tofurkey, either. (Although, we will say it's not half bad.) Instead, dish out this feast of sophisticated sides, pies, and appetizers, all revolving around a showstopping baked pumpkin tian. We promise you won't miss the turkey one bit.

Photos: Nicole Perry, Anna Monette Roberts, and Camilla Salem

Rosemary-Sesame Pecans

Skip stressing out over preparing an elaborate spread of appetizers; keep things simple and set out a bowl of these addictive rosemary-sesame pecans instead. If that feels too spartan, spiced olives are a lovely companion that's also easy to prepare.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom Gravy

Five ingredients (including salt and pepper) are all it takes to make exceptionally creamy mashed potatoes.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Wild Rice and Mushroom Dressing

Let's be real: dressing, stuffing, or whatever you want to call it is the real star of Thanksgiving. For something a bit unexpected, try this wild rice and mushroom stuffing, or if you prefer a more-traditional option, swap vegetable or mushroom stock for the chicken broth in this bread-based version.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Green Beans With Caramelized Onions

Caramelized onions transform green beans from workaday to wow-worthy in this elegantly simple take on green bean casserole.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

If your family squabbles over anything this holiday, it'll be who gets the last bite of these crisp-edged twice-baked sweet potatoes.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Pumpkin Tian

Sure, you could easily make a meal out of the exceptional sides included in this menu, but for a true showstopper that rivals a holiday ham or Thanksgiving turkey on the presentation front, try this savory custard that's served inside a hollowed-out pumpkin.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Juicy cranberry sauce is a nonnegotiable. And you didn't think we'd forget gravy, right? Vegan mushroom gravy is thick, satisfying, and umami-rich.

Photo: Camilla Salem

Apple Pie and Bourbon Pecan Pie

Finish off the meal with not one but two pies. The first: classic apple pie. The second: bourbon pecan pie. Plus gobs of whipped cream (obviously).

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

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