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Side dishes are great, but vegetarians need a large, time-consuming, centerpiece-worthy dish on Thanksgiving. Enter the Veggieducken. Watch this video to see how it's done.

We talk turkey cooking science with Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats and Thanksgiving for vegetarians with Slate's L.V. Anderson. Plus, how not to make dessert with Brooke Gladstone of On The Media.

Here are some tips from fellow Eaters who took on the task of making the Veggieducken and succeeded, eliciting the "ooohs" and "aaahs" that denote a bona fide Thanksgiving Day centerpiece.

Here's the complete recipe for the Veggieducken, along with some glorious still images suitable for framing.

In the annual Thanksgiving show (Ep 145), Dan welcomes Slate's food and drinks editor Laura Anderson, who gives a vegetarian's blessing to the Veggieducken, but challenges some of Dan's stuffing philosophy.

I know vegetarians do just fine at Thanksgiving, but I still can't help feeling like they're missing out. Not because they can't eat meat, but because they don't have a huge, centerpiece dish to rival the turkey...until now.