Vegetarian Holiday Recipes
Everyone can love these unique, meatless holiday dishes.
This dish takes advantage of all the great vegetables that are in season right now. Root veggies and Brussels sprouts all benefit immensely from a long roast, which makes them tender and brings out their natural sweetness. Walnuts replace pine nuts in the pesto that better suits these vegetables' earthy flavors. Serve as a side or pair with wild rice or pasta for a vegetarian main course.
This fresh and easy dish packs in lots of seasonal flavors, and you can put everything together in the 25 minutes it takes for the squash to roast. The recipe makes six filling servings, so it's great for a family dinner or casual get-together, but you can always double or triple it to be the main course at any holiday party.
This is mac and cheese for adults. It's got all the creamy comfort of the original, with the sophisticated flavors of Italian cheeses standing in for the traditional cheddar. The garlicky breadcrumb topping adds crunch and visual interest. If you want an even more elegant presentation, bake individual servings in ramekins or gratin dishes for each guest.
With savory vegetables, cheese, and bread baked into an eggy custard, this recipe is at home on the brunch, lunch, or dinner table. It's filling, but also healthful, providing lots of vitamins and minerals, protein, and, most importantly, flavor.
Roasting performs a magical transformation on garlic, turning the pungent raw cloves into a sweet, mild paste that adds loads of flavor in any recipe. This impressive appetizer takes great advantage of roasted garlic, combining it with sun-dried tomatoes for color and white beans for body and texture.
Yukon Gold potatoes are naturally buttery and creamy, and this recipe adds cheesy to the mix. A baked, bubbly, and browned topping is what really sets this dish apart, though. Each recipe makes 14 servings, but don't worry about leftovers―if your guests don't eat it all, you will the next day.
Cauliflower is a versatile yet often overlooked vegetable. Roasted here until just tender and browned, and flavored with Italian herbs, garlic, Parmesan, and lemon juice, it's the highlight of any meal. It's heavy on flavor but light on calories, with only 89 per serving.
This savory pie is full of flavor. Make it as a filling vegetarian option to serve with your holiday meal or let it stand alone as the main star on your dining room table.
This is an easy and versatile side dish. The polenta is topped with a quick sauté of wild mushrooms (or use exotics, like shiitake and oyster, if wild are not available). If you replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth, this side dish can serve four as a vegetarian entrée. Garnish with sage sprigs.
Winter squashes like pumpkin have a deep flavor and hearty texture that makes them an excellent centerpiece of a vegetarian entrée. Here, pumpkin fills an easy-to-assemble ravioli and is topped with earthy hazelnuts and a thick cheese sauce for maximum winter warmth and comfort.