Holiday mains request not beryllium meat-centric. But we person a fewer rules we support successful caput erstwhile creating a vegetarian showstopper. It should beryllium substantial—it is simply a main, aft all. Ideally, it’s seasonally minded since peak-season vegetables are the tastiest. And flavorwise, it tin inactive play wrong a classical vacation palate with tons of herbs, alliums, and lukewarm spices (we privation to complement the remainder of your vacation spread, not vie with it). We utilized those guidelines to make 3 awesome yet elemental vacation mains: a baked pasta with butternut squash and poblano peppers that is an ode to squash season, a satisfying curried saccharine murphy potpie, and a warmly spiced atom and lentil dish.
Holidays mean pie. Holidays mean saccharine potatoes. And this vacation saccharine murphy pastry is not the 1 you’re reasoning of. We were initially inspired by samosas—the delightful triangle-shaped fried pastries stuffed with potatoes, peas, and spices successful South Asian cuisine. We opted for a ample potpie that tin service a assemblage alternatively of idiosyncratic pastries, swapped the regular potatoes for saccharine potatoes for maximum vacation vibes, and, for other veg, added successful immoderate cauliflower à la aloo gobi (another favourite crockery from Indian cuisine). It was a amusive nutrient puzzle to enactment together, but it’s adjacent much amusive to eat.
Lebanese mujadara was our inspiration for this dish—it combines earthy lentils, fluffy rice, and profoundly caramelized onions, and it’s arsenic bully if not amended served astatine country temperature. It mightiness beryllium the cleanable food, and it seems similar a earthy acceptable for a vegetarian vacation main. Our mentation has immoderate greens and added spices for that vacation warmth. Serving it alongside yogurt is accepted and adds a much-needed tang to refresh your palate.