In my house, it’s not Thanksgiving without a stuffed seitan roast in the center of the table. But there are lots of other great ideas for a main dish that also goes well with all the classic T’day side dishes. Here are some suggestions:
A Vegan Loaf: use your favorite vegan meatloaf recipes (such as the Comfort Loaf in Vegan on the Cheap or the Mom-Style Vegan Meatloaf in Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker). To give them a more Thanksgiving flavor, add some ground thyme and sage or your favorite poultry seasoning blend. Then serve with your favorite gravy.
Instead of shaping your loaf into a loaf, press the mixture into a couple large squash halves (my FAVORITE winter squash is kabocha squash). That’s what I did in the photo above. The loaf-filling contains white beans, tvp, chestnuts, Brazil nuts, and oats, for a hearty protein-rich main dish. It’s pictured with cranberry sauce and some cored apple slices that I sauteed in cranberry juice. (they can be fun to serve filled with a little cranberry sauce — easy, but good.)
Another easy option is to buy a package of Matchmeat (chicken-style) and roll it out flat (after thawing). You can then spread any kind of stuffing you like (show here with a spinach-mushroom stuffing), roll it up, and bake. I wrapped it in a piece of yuba before baking. I chose not to brown it in a skillet in oil first, but if I were serving it for company, I would do so because it would turn a deeper brown color on the outside. It was still crispy and delicious this way, though.
Other great main dishes that are easy to make ahead are a Shepherd’s pie or a pot pie. If traditional dishes aren’t your thing, lasagna is a great make-ahead dish for a crowd. It travels well, too. If your oven is going to be busy with other foods, you can even make your lasagna in a slow cooker:
Tune in again tomorrow when I will announce the TWO winners from my consecutive Party Vegan Giveaways. And if you haven’t entered both of them yet, you need to do it — Party Vegan isn’t just about parties — it is filled with lots of great everyday recipes too, to help you eat deliciously vegan throughout the year.