State Grill Offers Tips on Festive, Plant Forward Dishes for the Holidays

November 6, 2023, 6:09.21 pm ET  

Photos: JJ Ignotz Photography                                                                             

Festive holiday plant-based dishes that even a meat lover can’t pass up on.  Chef Morgan Jarrett, at State Grill located inside the empire state building, has some tips meatless dishes this holiday season for plant-based members of the family.

Tip number 1 -Don’t double up your work - make veggie dishes that everyone at the table will enjoy.  Here are some ideas:

- Honeynut squash is easier to work with than thick-skinned butternut. Now available at grocery stores as well as farmer's markets, honeynut is smaller, more tender, and has a delicious flavor.

- Lesser-known veggies can make an occasion feel even more special. Try purple sweet potatoes, trumpet mushrooms, and kohlrabi.

- Step aside caviar – tiny Champagne grapes are an elegant, luxe, and affordable choice to top  salads and garnish holiday platters.

- Prepare a warm salad by grilling radicchio and fennel, then top with fresh citrus, black pepper, and pecorino.

Finally, Maple dressing is sweet, spicy, and tart - peak cool-weather flavors and gorgeous color. Chef Morgan says she puts it on everything, including roasted carrots and fresh salads.  Here’s the recipe:

Maple Dressing

2 shallots
4 garlic cloves
3 c maple syrup
1 qt cider vinegar
2 qts blended oil
1 T Aleppo pepper (or ½ T chili flakes)
Salt and pepper to taste

Simply blend all ingredients together. Use as a dressing or marinade.It will keep in the fridge for several days.

Guests who prefer to dine out can visit the State Grill this holiday season.  For more information, visit 

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