For many of us, the main dish at Thanksgiving dinner is what really makes or breaks the meal. A plate full of side dishes doesn’t necessarily celebrate the notion that this important holiday meal can be made creatively and compassionately, with as much flair, flavor and good feelings as the traditional option. This Hearty Meatless Meatloaf main course takes care of that.
When I was growing up, stuffing was the queen of our holiday table — and luckily for a stuffing-lover like me, I got to experience two distinct types each and every season.
My Southern grandmother, Lucy made her Thanksgiving stuffing with an abundance of sage and savory homemade cornbread, recalled easily from memory after decades of practice. A few weeks later, on Christmas eve, my Midwestern grandmother Helen made a delicious bread stuffing using a humble boxed mix. They were both incredibly delicious, and I looked forward to them every year.