Here’s the perfect holiday meal to please everyone: it’s make-ahead for the host, mostly meatless for vegetarians (though there is still a turkey), and incredibly delicious.
It’s the same story everywhere you go. Say the words “Thanksgiving dinner” and people begin to recite their personal list of who in their family eats—or doesn’t eat—what.
Some cooks adapt to these idiosyncrasies by omitting or substituting ingredients, not always with happy results. Others throw their hands in the air and give up. This menu offers a better way to please everyone, including, you, the cook. It begins by offering two main courses: a gorgeous, buttery roasted turkey for the meat-eaters, and a savory polenta torta with roasted squash, slow-cooked onions, and cheese for the non-meat-eaters. An array of fall vegetable dishes and a hearty bread stuffing round things out for everyone. And because you can assemble the torta days ahead of serving it, this menu is very manageable.
For more menus and everything you need to pull off Thanksgiving, visit our Thanksgiving Dinner Guide.