Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and some of us may have guests who are vegan or vegetarian. Accommodating dietary restrictions can seem like a bit of a hassle for someone cooking an entire Thanksgiving meal, but your guests will greatly appreciate the thoughtfulness and extra work. A vegetarian at thanksgiving generally has one thing that they can't eat: turkey. Unfortunately, that is the main dish and while some people are happy with eating sides, making something hardier to replace turkey can't hurt.
This roasted mushroom recipe is simple, yet filling. This particular recipe is only vegetarian friendly, but with a few quick fixes it can be turned into a vegan recipe by using unsalted vegan butter instead of regular unsalted butter. The meatiness of the mushrooms can replace turkey and still be flavorful and satisfying. Other ways to add flair to this recipe would be using different herbs and maybe flavored olive oil.
Reminders and Tips:
- keep track of the ingredients in recipes that appear to be vegetarian, like mashed potatoes. If it includes something like chicken stock, you may want to warn the vegetarian guest(s). The same goes for stuffing recipes that may include bacon or other meat products that could be unseen or hidden within the recipes.
- Make little notes indicating your vegetarian and vegan options at the dinner table or buffet and allow your veggie/vegan guests to serve themselves first in case curious carnivores want to try those recipes.