A Moosewood Thanksgiving

Serve up time-honored tradition at your holiday gathering
A Moosewood Thanksgiving

If there’s one word in America that is synonymous with long-standing vegetarian tradition, it’s Moosewood. Generations of home cooks have learned to make meat-free meals from Moosewood Restaurant cookbooks, and the Ithaca, N.Y., eatery was a veg-dining destination long before “destination dining” became trendy. So who better to turn to than the chefs in the Moosewood kitchen for a Thanksgiving feast?

“Thanksgiving is perhaps the most anticipated meal of the year, with diners expecting food that is worthy of a special occasion but also wanting the comfort of the same, familiar menu every year,” says Susan Harville of the Moosewood Collective, a group of 19 people who own and operate Moosewood Restaurant. “When you take away the turkey,” adds Wynnie Stein, another Moosewood Collective chef, “the host is actually freed up to create a memorable meal that can be both inventive and comforting.”

Over the years (35 to be exact), Moosewood chefs have tried quite a few vegetarian Thanksgiving offerings to come up with this menu that fulfills all expectations. The result? A holiday that’s a day of peace and plenty.

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Beautiful Fall Salad

Beautiful Fall Salad

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Arrange this salad on a shallow platter rather than in a deep bowl to show off the colorful toppings.

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Green Beans with Walnuts and Shallot Crisps

Green Beans with Walnuts and Shallot Crisps

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Shallot crisps are the star attraction here and can be made in advance. In a tightly sealed jar, they will keep at room temperature for 2 weeks—but you’d better hide the jar.

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Garlicky Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Garlicky Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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The mellow flavor of roasted garlic is such a nice complement to naturally sweet tubers that there’s no need for butter.

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Double Cranberry Chutney

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The simple flavors of this sauce will satisfy the traditionalists at the table, while the chunky, chewy consistency will win over any foodies in the group.

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Mushroom, Cheese, and Vegetable Strudel

Mushroom, Cheese, and Vegetable Strudel

Whole-wheat phyllo dough lends a wholesome, nutty taste and golden color to the finished strudel. Veganizing this recipe is a snap too—simply substitute vegan cream cheese and vegan Cheddar cheese.

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