Thanksgiving. Few holidays get anywhere close to the ultimate celebration of family, food and friends. I don't know of a single person who avoids this blatant quest of sheer gluttony. Utter the words Vegan Thanksgiving or Holiday Feast to an unsuspecting dinner guest, however, and you can sometimes see the look of horror on their face for a few seconds before the politeness kicks in. "Oh yes, a vegan feast will be such a gleeful endeavor!" they may half-heartedly exclaim. Well, while you were fake-smiling your way through our tofu pudding several years ago, we vegans have been doing our homework and now the fruits of our labor can be found all over the place, as a quick Google search can prove. Gone are the days of tasteless mashed potatoes, dry rolls and no centerpieces. Over the years I've been hard at work perfecting Thanksgiving and Holiday Feast-friendly vegan recipes. Here are some of the best from the Veganbaking.net recipe arsenal.
Stuffed Seitan consists of a savory seitan casing wrapped around a stuffing such as Apple Walnut Stuffing. Some people think you don't need protein centerpieces at holiday feasts and I'm here to say au contraire mon fraire. Protein centerpieces are what holiday feasts are all about!
Apple Walnut Stuffing
Whether you tuck this inside your Stuffed Seitan or enjoy it on the side, this Apple Walnut Stuffing will hold it's own because it's made with two different types of bread, features apple juice and spices for a delightful combination of savory, with a hint of welcoming sweetness.
No matter what dinner item you end up making for your Holiday feast, it's nice to know that you can probably drizzle it with copious amounts of Gracious Gravy and be all the merrier. This gravy spawned from my inability to choose between mushrooms or toasted flour and nutritional yeast flakes as a foundation for a vegan gravy. Why not use both? The result has been claimed to be better than the real thing.
Golden Corn Bread
Ditch the rolls this year and embrace your inner savory with Golden Corn Bread. This bread is studded with real corn and can be easily customized, plus it's simple to make.
This is just your simple, no frills Cranberry Sauce. A hint of orange juice and ginger enhances it without making it too over the top. Of course, if you do want something a bit more flashy, there's always Chunky Apple Cranberry Sauce which features Granny Smith apples, red wine, ginger, a dash of curry powder, currants and a touch of orange zest to unify the tartness.
American Apple Pie
You just can't beat apple pie for dessert when topping off a festive holiday feast. American Apple Pie features tart apples enhanced with maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
Need a little something more than apple pie for dessert? Check out this Pecan Pie that, thankfully, doesn't feature the questionable brown mush that you remember avoiding as a kid. It's chock full of toasted pecans that have been baked in a rich caramelesque blend of barley malt, maple syrup, and just the right amount of cardamom.
These recipes should eliminate any vegan food-related panic attacks from unsuspecting dinner guests as soon as they dive in and realize that it was all for naught; we vegans have been doing our food homework lately, and it's time to chow down.
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