Thanksgiving Vegetable Recipes 2008

A Veggie Venture's favorite holiday, Thanksgiving!
The latest collections of Thanksgiving vegetable recipes are now available!

This year, I've turned the tables a little, featuring

Favorite Recipes for Thanksgiving's Favorite Vegetables


Vegetarian Entrée Recipes for Thanksgiving.

Turkey and dressing may take center stage but ahhhh, Thanksgiving vegetables. The 2006 and 2007 collections of Thanksgiving vegetable recipes were hugely popular, especially what became 2006's famous World's Best Green Bean Casserole and 2007's surprise favorite, the low-carb Cauliflower Cream.

This 2008 Thanksgiving collection looks just as promising! New recipes will post every few days between now and Thanksgiving so watch for brand-new vegetable recipes especially suited for our Thanksgiving tables:

perfect for special dinners but not over the top
fresh fall vegetables prepped mostly or entirely in advance
easily multiplied for large gatherings and divided for small ones
and a little different around here, no skimping on butter and cream and cheese!

I love every single one of these Thanksgiving vegetable recipes and truly hope they inspire your own Thanksgiving gathering! ~ Alanna

Vegetable Inspiration for Thanksgiving Tables


Featured Recipes
Make-Ahead Fresh Green Bean Casserole
Green Beans with Browned Butter & Pine Nuts

Slooow Country Green Beans

World's Best Green Bean Casserole

more ideas
~ Green Beans with Lemon & Pine Nuts ~
~ Green Beans with Onion & Almonds ~
~ Fresh Green Bean Salad with Asian Dressing ~

Featured Recipe

Beet Salad with Lemon & Olives

more ideas
~ Those Pink Potatoes ~
~ Red Onion Beets ~
~ Harvard Beets ~
Brussels Sprouts

Featured Recipes
Creamy Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Brussels Sprouts with Maple & Walnut Vinaigrette

Brussels Sprouts with Apricot Glaze

more ideas
~ Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta & Garlic ~
~ Wine-Glazed Brussels Sprouts ~
~ Lemony Creamy Brussels Sprouts & Celery ~

Featured Recipe

Smothered Cabbage

more ideas
~ Alsatian Cabbage ~
~ Swedish Red Cabbage ~
~ Holy Slaw! ~

Featured Recipe

Creamy Carrot Purée

more ideas
~ Finnish Carrot Casserole ~
~ Mashed Potatoes & Carrots ~
~ Carrots Braised in Marsala ~

Featured Recipes
Cauliflower Mac n Cheese

Cauliflower Cream

Creamy Cauliflower Gratin

more ideas
~ Cauliflower Tomato Medley ~
~ Cauliflower Cheddar Horseradish Gratin ~
~ Cauliflower with Pancetta, Capers & Parmesan ~

Featured Recipe
Thanksgiving Succotash

more ideas
~ Fresh Creamed Corn ~
~ Marinated Vegetable Salad ~

Featured Recipes

Spinach Casserole

Gratin of Greens

more ideas
~ Spinach & Artichoke Gratin ~
~ Orzo with Spinach ~
~ Spinach Puffs ~

Featured Recipes
Perfect Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes (Party Potatoes)

Twice-Baked Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes with Vegetarian Apple Cider Ginger Sage Gravy

more ideas
~ Potato & Poblano Pepper Gratin ~
~ Fennel Mashed Potatoes ~
~ Confetti Potato Salad ~

Featured Recipes
~ Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars ~
~ Pumpkin Pecan Pie ~

~ Honey Pumpkin Pie ~
~ Thanksgiving Cake ~

more ideas
~ Pumpkin Muffins ~
~ Pumpkin Bars ~
~ Pumpkin Truffles ~
Sweet Potatoes

Featured Recipes
Sweet Potato & Banana Purée

Fresh Candied Yams
Sweet Potato Casserole

Maple Ginger Sweet Potatoes

more ideas
~ Sweet Potato Puff ~
~ Warm Sweet Potato Salad ~

Featured Recipes

Leek & Root Vegetable Gratin

Turnip Puff

more ideas
~ Creamed Turnips ~
~ Mashed Turnip & Apple ~
~ Mashed Rutabagas & Apple ~
Winter Squash

Featured Recipes
Mashed Butternut Squash & Sweet Potatoes with Citrus

Butternut Mac 'n' Cheese

Winter Squash Polenta

more ideas
~ Squash Puff (my family's tradition)~
~ Delicata Squash with Hot Pepper Glaze ~
~ Roasted Butternut Squash with Maple Glaze ~


Featured Recipes

Boozy Baked Celery

Autumn Sunchoke Salad

more ideas
~ Celeriac Rémoulade ~
~ Spicy Thai Noodle Salad ~
~ Easy Cheesy Zucchini ~

About these Thanksgiving recipes
'Featured recipes' are ones published in 2006, 2007 and 2008 especially for Thanksgiving.
'More ideas' are favorite vegetable recipes that pair well with traditional Thanksgiving foods.
Some recipes have been published in my food column Kitchen Parade, online at, where November is also all about Thanksgiving recipes. This year, how about making an American Apple Pie? Readers say that hands, down, the recipe for Flaky Tender Pie Crust makes the best pie crust, ever! Do check out all the tips for How to Make Flaky Tender Pie Crust, many will work with your own favorite recipe, too.

About A Veggie Venture
A Veggie Venture is the home of Veggie Evangelist Alanna Kellogg and is the year-round award-winning source of free vegetable recipes, quick, easy, and yes, delicious. If you're a newcomer and would like to see what it's like around here -- except in November when it's all Thanksgiving vegetables! -- start with your favorite vegetable in the Alphabet of Vegetables or dive into all the Weight Watchers vegetable recipes or all the low carb vegetable recipes.

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About the Thanksgiving photograph
Many thanks to inspiring photographer Marie Freeman, who photographed the autumn barn scene for this year's Thanksgiving image. Marie publishes at Blue Ridge blog -- if you love Appalachia, love country scenes, love a happy dog, then do check it out!

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Here at A Veggie Venture, vegetables are the real stars of the Thanksgiving table. So watch for new Thanksgiving recipes all November long, new additions to my collection of Thanksgiving vegetable recipes. Whether it's 2006's famous World's Best Green Bean Casserole or 2007's favorite Cauliflower Cream or a brand-new recipe which catches your fancy, this year, move vegetables to your center stage.
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I saw the image and thought you'd be putting out a recipe book with all of your tips and such. I had mild disappointment when I realized it wasn't a book, but I'll be alright.

I am not cooking for Thanksgiving, but I have forwarded this site to my sister who is. Thank you for all the yummy recipes. My children enjoy all the different ways that I now cook veggies.

hpsarabeth AT gmail DOT com

This just might be one of the BEST posts ever. I love Thanksgiving!

Sarabeth - Are you glad you're not cooking or do you wish you were? I don't know what I'd do if I wasn't cooking on Thanksgiving :) It's my second favorite part (next to eating, naturally).

Ive spent a ton of time here since the Quaker event was announced and am thoroughly convinced I need you to either adopt me or MOVE IN HERE.

your choice.

So glad I found this site! Thanksgiving is going to be YUMMY!

As a big fan of veggies, I'm so glad to have discovered your blog through BlogHer. I intend to make it a habit.

Alanna - happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at the Great Big Veg Challenge.
Been a rather absent blogger last month but have returned with a renewed enthusiasm.
Love this collection of veggie recipes -

THIS WEBSITE IS AMAZING! Love the way you lay it all out. Easy to find a recipe, neat. Will definitely bookmark this wonderful find.
love your comments.
Dig it!!!

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Thank you for taking a moment to write! I read each and every comment, for each and every recipe, whether a current recipe or a long-ago favorite. If you have a specific question, it's nearly always answered quick-quick. ~ Alanna