Dinner Party–Worthy Vegetarian Dishes
Your vegetarian friends might revolt if you serve them chili or lasagna one more time. Those tired recipes are shorthand for, “Your food restrictions don’t inspire me.”
Don’t say that. Say, “I admire your choices, whether they are based on ethical or health reasons!” Say, “I am going to make you something crazy delicious!”
And so you will! Because vegetarian cuisine need not be a soulless gruel of gray. (Vegetarians know this, of course, but their carnivorous friends can be set in their meat-at-the-center-of-the-plate ways.) Starters and desserts are the easy part—a crisp kale salad, some decadent chocolate thing—but the main course is where you need help. So we present a cheat sheet of sorts for vibrant, comforting, and celebration-worthy vegetarian dishes. Be a good friend; here’s how:
Beet, Cheddar and Apple Tarts: Like a Rothko painting on your plate.
Vegetarian Cassoulet: Once you make this version, you may never go back to the genuine article.
Cauliflower Steaks with Cauliflower Puree: Meat and potatoes for the cruciferous set.
Savory Gruyère-Stuffed French Toast: The kind of breakfast-for-dinner dish everyone can get behind.
French Onion Soup: The ideal winter comfort food; just use mushroom or vegetable stock instead of beef.