With more and more people cutting meat and other animal products out of their diets these days, the holiday menu is no longer the no-brainer it once was. If you are rethinking the idea of a meat-centric meal, here are a few crowd-pleasing vegan dishes to serve alongside a roast — or all on their own!
The first, Middle Eastern Squash and Red Onions, is based on Yotam Ottolenghi’s Roasted Butternut Squash in the Jerusalem cookbook. If you can’t find the Middle Eastern spice mix za’atar, you can make your own za’atar. The dish tastes delicious even without it, but is more special with.
The second dish, Easy Vegan Potato Pancakes, is made with oatmeal, which makes for a great binder. When I’ve served these potato pancakes side by side with ones made the traditional way, with eggs, everyone preferred the vegan version. I’ve included a recipe for a sweet and tangy cranberry sauce to serve with it. Of course, it’s great with apple sauce too.
Last on the list is Maple Squash Focaccia, which is a variation on a recipe by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Don’t ignore it just because there’s no picture. The squash is heavenly.