In past years, I’ve always gone to my mother’s house in New Jersey for Thanksgiving. This year is no different, even if it is my first vegan Thanksgiving. With so much happening in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I know my mother lost a bunch of food when she had no power for 9 days, and the Blonde and I, like a lot of Central Maryland, never lost power, so we decided to bring more than the original two things that my mother assigned us (chocolate dessert and bread). We decided to bring a few things extra, and show off for the omnivores how awesome we are.
One of the first things we’re bringing is a Field Roast hazelnut cranberry stuffed roast en croute. We just figured that if everyone else is eating turkey, and they will be, that we’d bring up something non-threatening to show them our food.
We’re also bringing up butternut-sausage stuffed phyllo cups, courtesy of That Was Vegan? and the Virtual Vegan Potluck on world vegan day. We haven’t practiced with them enough to decide whether they are indeed better as phyllo cups than stuffed mushrooms, as is claimed, but I don’t love mushrooms, so phyllo cups it is!
(image courtesy thatwasvegan.com)
Thirdly, we are still bringing up dessert and bread. The Blonde is making Hannah Kamensky’s Samoa tart, from her cook book Vegan Desserts, and I am making dinner rolls two ways: rosemary garlic, and sea salt and cracked black pepper. The rolls are there to give some options for people, and they just need to be finished before being served at mom’s house.
The dessert is pretty darn good too, especially if you like Girl Scout cookies. We’re bringing extra things because we want to wow people with what we eat in the hopes that they (and by “they” I mean my mom’s boyfriend and my two uncles, who would all be carnivores if they could) that eating animals is not nearly as important as I used to think. We expect to get some of the “stock” questions from non-vegans, so I’ve put together a little set of options for stock-questions. Enjoy!
The Vegans Husband is a local blogger and semi-regular here at Great Sage. Vegan for less than one year, he is currently looking forward to his first vegan holiday season with his beautiful wife, stuffing himself with cruelty-free food. Check out his fun and informative blog.