Thanksgiving Vegetable Recipes & Vegetarian Entrées

A Veggie Venture's favorite holiday, Thanksgiving!
2010 UPDATE
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

and

Vegetarian Entrée Recipes for Thanksgiving.





For anyone hunting Thanksgiving vegetable ideas, welcome! These recipes were selected especially for Thanksgiving, so perfect and so delicious, there's real potential to upstage that ol' turkey and his dressing. The 2006 - 2008 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 and my personal favorite in 2008, Creamy Brussels Sprouts Gratin.

The 2009 recipes look just as promising, only with a new focus, vegetarian Thanksgiving entrées, whether for vegetarian guests or an entire vegetarian Thanksgiving. Look for new recipes between now and Thanksgiving, recipes:

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!

In 2009, I'm also featuring six completely different Thanksgiving menus over at Kitchen Parade, my food column. Whether you're planning a traditional Thanksgiving, a casual buffet, an entirely make-ahead Thanksgiving, a vegetarian Thanksgiving, even a lower-calorie Thanksgiving, there's a menu to inspire. I kicked off the series with a great basic recipe for Roast Turkey and then added my grandmother's sausage stuffing recipe and light 'n' fluffy homemade whole wheat rolls. Enjoy!
~ Alanna




Vegetable Inspiration for Thanksgiving Tables



Beans

Featured Recipes
2008
Make-Ahead Fresh Green Bean Casserole

Green Beans with Browned Butter & Pine Nuts

2007
Slooow Country Green Beans


2006
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 ~
Beets

Featured Recipe










2006
Beet Salad with Lemon & Olives

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

Featured Recipes
2008
Creamy Brussels Sprouts Gratin



2007
Brussels Sprouts with Maple & Walnut Vinaigrette

2006
Brussels Sprouts with Apricot Glaze

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

Featured Recipe






2006
Smothered Cabbage

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

Featured Recipe






2006
Creamy Carrot Purée

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

Featured Recipes
2008
Cauliflower Mac n Cheese

2007
Cauliflower Cream

2006
Creamy Cauliflower Gratin

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

Featured Recipe
2008
Thanksgiving Succotash








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

Featured Recipes




2007
Spinach Casserole

2006
Gratin of Greens

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

Featured Recipes
2008
Perfect Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes (Party Potatoes)

2007
Twice-Baked Potatoes

2006
Mashed Potatoes with Vegetarian Apple Cider Ginger Sage Gravy

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

Featured Recipes
2008
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Pecan Pie

2007
Honey Pumpkin Pie
Thanksgiving Cake




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

Featured Recipes
2008
Sweet Potato & Banana Purée


2007
Fresh Candied Yams
Sweet Potato Casserole

2006
Maple Ginger Sweet Potatoes

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

Featured Recipes





2007
Leek & Root Vegetable Gratin

2006
Turnip Puff

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

Featured Recipes
2009
Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple

2008
Mashed Butternut Squash & Sweet Potatoes with Citrus

2007
Butternut Mac 'n' Cheese

2006
Winter Squash Polenta

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






Featured Recipes
2009
Savory Bread Pudding with Butternut Squash, Chard & Cheddar

Farro Risotto with Butternut Squash & Mushrooms

Caramelized Onion Tart
Oddballs

Featured Recipes




2007
Boozy Baked Celery

2006
Autumn Sunchoke Salad

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





About these Thanksgiving recipes
'Featured recipes' are ones published 2006 - 2009 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 KitchenParade.com, 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!







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.
© Copyright 2009

4 comments:

Alanna, I made your stuffed peppers, a recipe you posted back a few months ago. Gee, they were great. I love the corn and I used Quinoa. as you did, instead of rice. Loved it. Thanks for all the great recipes. I look forward to them. Julie

That Brussels Sprouts Gratins looks amazing, a must try!

I stumbled upon this site while searching for 'Thanksgiving Dishes that Travel Well'. The family we are visiting do not believe in vegetables, so I love bringing awesome dishes that we love and surprising them with how delicious veggies can be. I bookmarked 4 recipes from your page and had to stop there so I did not overburden myself with choices! I cannot wait to try them; I may make before hand and have hubby choose which he likes best! Thank you for the awesome veggie recipes!

Jessica ~ So glad you “stumbled” in, really! It thrills me to hear your reaction, I do so love Thanksgiving for its vegetables and yes, the collection has gotten big! Be sure to check out the full collection (it’s updated with new recipes every year), I’d share the link but the comment system won’t let me but rest assured it’s at the top of this post, so easy to find.

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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