Q: As the holidays approach, I'm looking for really festive vegetarian dishes that taste extraordinary and look pretty.
I've been a vegetarian for ten years and I know a lot of yummy things, but when it comes to entertaining for the holidays, I'm not very confident. I'm not just looking for another stew or casserole, I hope to learn about some veggie 'centerpieces', sauces and side dishes - and elegant ways to combine them. Any advice?
Sent by Dora
Editor: Dora, for our part, we’d LOVE to be served a nice stew or casserole at a holiday party! But we also understand your dilemma of wanting something special and festive - and vegetarian - to celebrate what are often meat-centric holiday meals.
• Take a look at this round-up: 15 Vegetarian & Vegan Comfort Foods
We’ve always found that first recipe for Barlotti Beans in Polenta to be an impressive dish. Also, what about serving halves of stuffed squash? There’s this recipe for Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash, or you could venture out on your own with any of these fillings as inspiration (the vegetarian ones, of course!).
For the side dishes, we love a good grain salad and some roasted vegetables. Here are a few round-ups of recipes that might be helpful:
• From the Files: Warm Grain Salads for Fall
• Beets to Cabbage: 20 Recipes for Roasted Vegetables
Readers, what other suggestions do you have for fantastic and festive vegetarian dishes?
Related: Vegetarian Etiquette: The Dinner Party Dilemma
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