Thanksgiving casseroles (vegetarian)

A friend asked me to help her come up with a delicious casserole for Thanksgiving. Her family loves carrots, however any vegetable based casserole would be great. She wants to make a casserole because she wants to make it ahead of time due to space limitations in her daughter's kitchen. I'm at a loss so I thought I'd turn to the food52 community. Thanks for your help!

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ZombieCupcake
ZombieCupcake October 23, 2013
http://food52.com/blog... Here are a few menus with some different casseroles. Hopefully this give you a few ideas or a little inspiration.
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trampledbygeese
trampledbygeese October 23, 2013

Chickpea curry with potatoes.

(vegetarian friendly) curry paste of your choice, to taste. 2 onions finely chopped. Can of chick peas (drained). Potatoes pealed and chopped into 1 or 2 inch cubes. Can of chopped tomatoes (or fresh). A bit of water. Any other veg you like and imagine would taste good. Any other cooked pulses you like. Cook in oven for 1 to 4 hours, at about 325F, depending on how much time you have or if you forget to check on it. I like 3 hours best. Allow to cool completely before storing in the fridge. Keeps about 6 days. Heat thoroughly before serving.

As to how many of each, I usually go by how many are in the cupboard and how big the casserole dish is. My favourite curry pastes for this are Pataks Vindaloo and/or their Mild Curry paste. Note, many curry pastes contain butter, so may be a problem if the guest list includes vegans.

Even better, if you have a slow cooker, combine the above in the slow cooker. Cook on high for about 2 hours, then low for the rest of the day.

Another good one (if they eat cheese and milk) is the potato, onion, cheese milk sauce layer dish...which I cannot remember the name of right now, but it is fantastic and easy to make the day before.

How about carrot cake?

let us know how it goes.

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MTMitchell
MTMitchell October 23, 2013

I've made this several times to rave reviews -- one year I made it ahead and reheated it at my in-laws and it worked out perfectly. http://www.epicurious.com...

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LucyS
LucyS October 23, 2013

Unfortunately I don't have their recipe, but my friends make an amazing carrot souffle for Thanksgiving. I found a bunch with a google search.

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Sam1148
Sam1148 October 23, 2013

Try using this as a sun for anything calling for "Cream of mushroom soup" for a vegan alternative. You could make the soup element ahead of time and combine with the cassarole at the final moment.
http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2013/01/grain-free-vegan-cream-of-mushroom-soup/

I'd use that as a base for the classic cambell's mushroom soup "Green bean casserole" recipe. And fry onions with rice flour as a topping.

A green bean casserole is very much a traditional thanksgiving casserole in the US.

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creamtea
creamtea October 23, 2013

I always get complements for this carrot souffle: http://food52.com/recipes...

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Summer of Eggplant
Summer of Eggplant October 28, 2013

We make a mushroom bread pudding (add in Madeira), Merrill's butternut squash mac-n-cheese (omit the pancetta) and a vegetable tart of some sort.
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