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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JessicaBakes
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.

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Sugar On My Tongue
Sugar On My Tongue 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!

SKK
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...

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hardlikearmour
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
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Sam1148
Sam1148 October 25, 2011

This is a nice one I've used. Cauliflower Couscous. http://www.food52.com/recipes...
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.

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littlesister
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
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
Panfusine November 30, 2011

shredding the florets on the fine side of a box grater works very well for cauliflower couscous as well

Susige
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...

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jls78
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.

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CatherineTornow
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...

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healthierkitchen
healthierkitchen October 25, 2011

I love this dish and make it all the time:
http://www.food52.com/recipes...

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).

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Panfusine
Panfusine October 25, 2011

The mujjadara (or sephardic Mejjedara) is pretty easy to make & Yums, pair with cumin flavored Basmati & Raita.

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