Vegan Thanksgiving dishes everyone will love

16 Recipes
Smashed Sweet Potatoes With Torched Meringue.
(Evan Sung / For The Times)

If you don’t tell them, they’ll never know it’s vegan.

If you try to pass off this show-stopping platter of Slow-Roasted Winter Vegetables as roast turkey, your guests are gonna know. But since many now bake and serve dressing separately instead of cooking it inside their turkeys, I defy your guests to discern, unprompted, that this Country Stuffing With Lots of Celery is completely plant-based. Same goes for the Creamy Leek Mashed Potatoes and the Double Mushroom Gravy, especially when served together.

They might wonder whether the Smothered Green Beans With Creamed Mushrooms and Fried Onions aren’t a little lighter than last year’s casserole, but they will never flat-out guess that the dish is vegan. And the Smashed Sweet Potatoes With Torched Meringue? Please! The real thing, with all that butter, brown sugar and marshmallows, never tasted so intoxicating.

Whatever your reasons for wanting some plant-based dishes on your table — or a completely plant-based meal — these dishes will have everyone talking about how wonderful they are. The only folks who might wonder whether they are really vegan will be the vegans themselves, because these downright delicious dishes mimic the nonvegan stuff so well.

Sweet potato and chickpea dip

Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Yields Serves 10 to 12

Vegan Picadillo Empanadas

Time 1 hour
Yields Makes about 12

Grilled Cauliflower Wedges

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 2 to 4

Tsukune-Style Brussels Sprouts

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 4 to 6

Creamy Leek Mashed Potatoes

Time 45 minutes
Yields Makes about 8 cups

Double Mushroom Gravy

Time 1 hour
Yields Makes about 4 cups

Slow-Roasted Winter Vegetables

Time 2 hours
Yields Serves 12

Country Stuffing with Lots of Celery

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 12

Pan-Seared Brussels Sprouts With Chile-Maple Glaze

Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 8 to 12

Sauteed Collard Greens

Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 4 to 6

Cast-Iron Cornbread

Time 45 minutes
Yields Serves 12

Smashed Sweet Potatoes With Torched Meringue

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 12

Bourbon Pecan Pie With No-Roll Crust

Time 2 hours, largely unattended
Yields Serves 12

Gracias Madre’s Key lime pie

Time 45 minutes
Yields Serves 8 to 12

Caramelized fig cake with lemon anglaise

Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields Serves 8