Vegetarian Thanksgiving? Did those two words just come out of my mouth?
I mean 22 pounds of turkey-shaped bulghur and red bean mash (or anything called tofurky) is not getting anywhere near my carefully curated Thanksgiving table.
However, vegetarians do present a real challenge at Thanksgiving. What do you do if they’re related to you? Just not invite them? That might be construed as rude. Besides, when I’m entertaining I’m a firm believer in anticipating a guest’s needs and making all (reasonable) efforts to accommodate them (really I do, I swear). Vegetarians aren’t unreasonable people, boring maybe, but not unreasonable (insert smiley face here).
All joking aside, a delicious vegetarian main course option at Thanksgiving is a very good idea. Sure your vegetarian folk could sit at the vegetarian table and swap war stories about vegetarian Thanksgiving impertinence. But who has room for a vegetarian table and a kids table? It’s gotta be one or the other, right? The other option is to let my vegetarian Thanksgiving friends sit at the big table and fill up on side dishes, but that’s not really the point (or the spirit) of the holiday. So as long as you’re in the kitchen anyway, you might as whip up a vegetarian Thanksgiving showstopper.