A Traditional Vegetarian Thanksgiving

My whole life, starting at the beginning of November, people (who have found out I’m a vegetarian) have asked me, “So do you celebrate Thanksgiving?”

Um, yes.

Forgive me for thinking you’re a dummy, but a) Thanksgiving is about more than just the food (although… not by much), and b) pretty much everything except the turkey can be vegetarian-friendly.  And maybe I’m mistaken, but I feel like a number of people have told me that the turkey is much less exciting than PIE.

Here’s our lineup this year:

My beloved Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Bean Casserole
Pumpkin Curry Soup (recipe to come one of these days)
Mashed Potatoes
Cornbread (my fave is the basic one from Mark Bittman); in the past, we’ve also done a savory one)
Rolls
Pumpkin Stuffed with Bread & Cheese
(In the past, we’ve also done this yummy Parm & Root Veg Lasagna for a main)
Cranberry Sauce or Cranberry Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip
Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Perhaps Pecan Pie

Also…stuffing.  So here’s my confession – I don’t really love stuffing.  I know, I know, it’s everyone’s favorite part of Thanksgiving, yada yada.  I just haven’t found one that I love and I’m not sure if it’s me or the recipe or maybe just stuffing in general?  I’ve tried basic ones and even boxed ones (WORST) and fancy (pear pecan, anyone?) and just…meh.  It’s kind of supposed-to-be-soggy bread and soggy is my nemesis.  So, any stuffing advice?

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