Great dishes for a vegetarian dinner party?

I'm a vegetarian and will be cooking dinner for 6 this weekend. Does anyone have a foolproof and delicious recipe for a hearty vegetarian entree that will satisfy a meat-centric crowd?

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Panfusine October 25, 2011
The mujjadara (or sephardic Mejjedara) is pretty easy to make & Yums, pair with cumin flavored Basmati & Raita.
 
healthierkitchen October 25, 2011
I love this dish and make it all the time:
http://www.food52.com/recipes/7374_caramelized_butternut_squash_wedges_with_a_sage_hazelnut_pesto

it's great with farro to soak up the sauce and an arugula or really fresh lettuce salad. Last night I doubled the pesto and used some of the extra for some pasta (though farro is actually nicer for a dinner party).
 
CatherineTornow October 25, 2011
I've served these casual potato and egg sandwiches for a group of vegetarian friends and they were a hit. Everyone gets to stuff their own sandwich which helps break the ice. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Moroccan-Style-Potato-and-Egg-Sandwiches-237207
 
jls78 October 25, 2011
i've made the smoky minestrone (minus bacon, plus smoked salt) twice- meat eaters love it. the tortellini makes it a substantial meal.
 
Susige October 25, 2011
I haven't made this yet but based on all the reviews, it is fabulous and will feed a crowd. To make it vegetarian, just leave out the bacon and use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.

http://www.food52.com/recipes/4661_smoky_minestrone_with_tortellini_and_parsley_or_basil_pesto
 
Sam1148 October 25, 2011
This is a nice one I've used. Cauliflower Couscous. http://www.food52.com/recipes/14493_cauliflower_couscous
Top that with a tagine of eggplant, carrots, onion, and portobello mushrooms.
To make the tagine. Use spices and vegi stock. Spices include Turmeric, paprika, cumin, garlic, ginger, allspice, cinnamon and cloves. Lemon zest and/or preserved lemons (look for quick preserved lemon recipes online). As a bonus it's also gluten free.
 
littlesister November 30, 2011
This sounds really delicious, but I don't think it is gluten-free if the couscous is made from wheat.
 
Sam1148 November 30, 2011
oh no, the 'couscous' is fake couscous. it's simply cauliflower in a food processor until it's couscous size..and lightly cooked with vegie stock, tumeric, and cumin.

I actually prefer it to wheat couscous...as it doesn't get 'gummy' and pasty.
 
Panfusine November 30, 2011
shredding the florets on the fine side of a box grater works very well for cauliflower couscous as well
 
hardlikearmour October 25, 2011
http://www8.food52.com/recipes/8565_mujaddara_with_spiced_yogurt
http://www8.food52.com/recipes/2434_one_pot_kale_and_quinoa_pilaf
http://www8.food52.com/recipes/431_eggplant_parmesan
 
SKK October 25, 2011
Lasagna Florentine! http://www.theveggietable.com/recipes/spinachlasagna.html or Chard, cauliflower, carmelized onion in cheese crust that is always a hit with my meat eating friends http://www.food52.com/recipes/10016_chard_cauliflower_and_caramelized_onion_in_cheese_crust
 
JessicaBakes October 25, 2011
An enchilada casserole goes over well with everyone, I find. You can add pinto beans or just do cheese enchiladas...and of course this can be prepared ahead of time and then just put in the oven before the guests come

I'm also a fan of vegetarian pot pies/shepherd's pies this time of year.
 
Sugar O. October 25, 2011
Jessica - do you have a favorite enchilada recipe you can share? Last time I made them, the sauce came out wonderful, but the enchiladas got super soggy in the oven. I had never made enchiladas before, so maybe I didn't use the right technique last time. thanks!
 
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