Vegan Stuffing Recipe - Build Your Bite (2024)

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This vegan stuffing is absolutely delicious and easy to make! A family favorite side dish for Thanksgiving and the holidays.

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This is the best vegan stuffing!

This easy vegan stuffing recipe is the perfect addition to your holiday table. A family favorite that is sure to impress anyone who tries it!

I have served this stuffing to family members who are meat eaters and everyone cannot believe how much flavor it has! I have had so many people ask me for the recipe, so here it is.

It is one of the most delicious vegetarian thanksgiving recipes I have ever made. It is not difficult to make, and the flavor is absolutely incredible!

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Ingredients to make vegan stuffing

  • bread
  • celery
  • onion
  • carrots
  • garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • ground sage
  • thyme
  • oregano
  • vegan butter
  • veggie stock
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How to make vegan stuffing for Thanksgiving

This delicious side dish starts off with a base of fresh garlic and onion, carrots, and celery. Fresh vegetables add great texture and flavor to the stuffing. Garlic and onion add a great base of flavor and I use so much of both every Thanksgiving.

Step 1: Add the carrots, onion and celery to a large skillet or dutch oven. Add in the vegan butter, salt and pepper, sage, thyme, oregano.

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Step 2: Cook the stuffing vegetables around 10 minutes on medium high heat, until the vegetables start to soften, but are not mushy.

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Step 3: Cut your bread into cubes, and place on a baking sheet. Dry roast the cubed bread in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes, until it starts to brown and crisp on the edges.

Check often towards the end to avoid burning. Toasting the bread before adding it to the stuffing keeps it from turning to total mush which is key for a stuffing that is not mushy.

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Step 4: Once your bread is done roasting, add it to the skillet along with the vegetable stock. Pour in a little at a time and stir, then repeat.

Step 5: Transfer the stuffing to a large baking dish, then dot the top of the stuffing with vegan butter.

Bake the vegan stuffing for around 30 minutes or so, until the top of the stuffing is golden brown. Serve and enjoy!

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Can I make this gluten free?

Yes! To make your stuffing gluten free, all you have to do is use a gluten free bread. I have used this recipe with millet bread and it worked well.

All of the other ingredients are naturally gluten free.

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How to prep stuffing ahead of time

Every year I try to prep ahead as much as I can for Thanksgiving before the big day. This saves so much time once I’m ready to make the stuffing.

  • Dice the veggies: Chop up the onion, garlic, celery, and carrots and place them all together in a ziploc bag in the refrigerator.
  • Cut the bread into cubes: Place into zip loc bags or an airtight container until you are ready to bake it.
  • Measure out the spices: measure out all the spices ahead of time and place them in a small bag ready to go.

This stuffing is also delicious reheated which is usually not the case for stuffing that I have had before.

Ever since I first created this recipe, I have made it every single year. I’ve made it for 9 years now and have no desire to even tweak the recipe.

I follow it exactly every year to guarantee it comes out perfect! The spices in this recipe are key and sage really is the star of the dish.

“Just made this recipe for Thanksgiving and it was amazing! Thank you so much, definitely my favorite part of the Thanksgiving feast.” – Chelsea

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Last year I served Thanksgiving dinner to my family and everyone raved about the dishes!

How to store vegan stuffing

  • Storing: Leftover stuffing can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days
  • Reheating: Microwave or warm leftovers in the oven at 350 until heated through

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More Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

  • Vegan Mashed Potatoes
  • Vegetarian Gravy Recipe (use vegan butter to make it vegan)
  • Homemade Cranberry Sauce
  • Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble(sub vegan milk and butter to make vegan)
  • Cranberry Blueberry Crisp
  • Skillet Corn (use vegan butter)
  • Vegan Apple Crisp

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Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This simple and delicious vegan stuffing will be a hit with the whole family for the holidays!

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of bread (14-16 slices): you will need 12 cups of bread cubes
  • 1 heart of celery, diced (about 5 stalks)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 10 cloves of garlic, finely diced or minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons ground sage
  • 1.5 teaspoons thyme
  • 1.5 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups veggie stock
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut the bread into cubes and place on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven until slightly crunchy, about 10-15 minutes
  3. Combine the diced celery, onion, carrots, garlic, 2 tablespoons of vegan butter, salt, sage, thyme, oregano, and pepper in a large skillet.
  4. Cook the veggies over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, around 10 minutes
  5. Add the toasted bread cubes to the skillet with the vegetables and stir well, then pour in the veggie stock
  6. Taste to adjust seasonings if necessary
  7. Grease a 9 by 13 baking dish with vegan butter, then transfer the vegan stuffing mixture into the dish
  8. Dot the top of the stuffing with 2 tablespoons of vegan butter, cut into small cubes
  9. Bake the stuffing at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes, or until desired texture (we prefer it more dry, but you could cook less for a more soft stuffing)

Notes

How to make this gluten free


To make this recipe gluten free, simply substitute a loaf of your favorite gluten free bread and make the rest of the recipe as written.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 12Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 231Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 653mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 7g

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FAQs

What is vegan stuffing made of? ›

In this vegan stuffing recipe, I keep the celery, onions, and crusty bread, but I use a generous amount of olive oil instead of butter, which adds robust flavor. Then, I increase the veggies. Along with the onion and celery, I add a hefty amount of shiitake mushrooms, kale, and tons of fresh herbs.

What can I use instead of egg to bind stuffing? ›

Some common egg substitutes include:
  1. Mashed banana. Mashed banana can act as a binding agent when baking or making pancake batter. ...
  2. Applesauce. Applesauce can also act as a binding agent. ...
  3. Fruit puree. ...
  4. Avocado. ...
  5. Gelatin. ...
  6. Xanthan gum. ...
  7. Vegetable oil and baking powder. ...
  8. Margarine.
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What does adding egg to stuffing do? ›

Eggs: Two lightly beaten eggs help hold the dressing together and add moisture.

What is the best bread to use for stuffing? ›

Breads such as sour dough, French bread or Italian loaves are for the best bread for stuffing. Their soft-but-sturdy interiors are the perfect texture for stuffing. The pieces retain their shape without crumbling.

What can you substitute for butter in stuffing? ›

Coconut oil, olive oil, safflower oil, and coconut butter are some of the most used butter alternatives. Depending on temperature, coconut oil can be both a solid and a liquid.

What do vegans use to bind instead of eggs? ›

Ground flax seeds

One of the most popular egg substitutes in vegan baking is a flax egg. This is made by combining ground (not whole) flax seeds with water and leaving to sit for 15 minutes until the mixture becomes thick, almost the same consistency as a regular egg.

What is a vegan substitute for eggs as a binder? ›

Flaxseed (aka linseed)

Combine a tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water, stir to combine, and let stand for 5 minutes to thicken. Ground flaxseed emulates eggs' binding qualities in breads, cakes, muffins, cookies, burgers, and vegan meatballs.

What is a vegan binder to replace eggs? ›

Vegan Egg Substitutes for Baking & Binding
  • Applesauce. 1 egg = 1/4 cup applesauce. ...
  • Flax Egg. 1 egg = 1 tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water. ...
  • JUST Egg. 1 egg = 3 tbsp JUST Egg. ...
  • Dairy Free Yogurt. 1 egg = ¼ cup unsweetened dairy free yogurt. ...
  • Baking Soda + Vinegar. ...
  • Tofu. ...
  • Mashed Banana. ...
  • Pumpkin Puree.
Oct 7, 2022

Who sells vegan stuffing? ›

12 Chestnut and Cranberry Vegan Stuffing Balls. A savoury delight, carefully prepared with Bramley apples, cranberries, chestnuts & caramelised onions. Suitable for Vegans.

Which Pepperidge Farm stuffing is vegetarian? ›

Made from specially baked stuffing bread, and then dusted with just the right touch of herbs and spices. It is the ideal complement to your entrées.

What is British stuffing made of? ›

Stuffing consists of a mixture of savoury ingredients such as breadcrumbs, herbs, fruit, nuts, sausagemeat and onion which are bound together with egg or liquid to form a semi-solid mixture. It is usually cooked with roast meat such as chicken, pork or lamb and is served as an accompaniment to the sliced, cooked meat.

What makes stuffing unhealthy? ›

Typically high in fat, carbs and salt, stuffing can be made fresh or purchased chilled, frozen or dehydrated. Traditionally, a stuffing would use the giblets of the bird with the addition of sausage meat, a source of starch, such as bread, with some aromatics such as onion, herbs and spices.

Why put mayo in eggs? ›

The mayo helps to stabilize the mixture and incorporate more egg into the eggs, making them fluffy. Plus, the extra fat can also make them silkier, and more rich.

What is traditional stuffing made of? ›

Turkey stuffing was popularized in the early days of Thanksgiving, as it is written in many 16th-century Boston area documents. Stuffing most often uses dried bread, herbs, and vegetables that are reconstituted with liquid, stuffed into the turkey cavity, and baked until it is firm and finished cooking.

What is stuffing usually made of? ›

Many American stuffings contain a starchy ingredient like bread or cereals, usually together with vegetables, ground meats, herbs and spices, and eggs. Middle Eastern vegetable stuffings may be based on seasoned rice, on minced meat, or a combination thereof. Other stuffings may contain only vegetables and herbs.

What is stuffing mostly made of? ›

Stuffing is a mix of edible ingredients such as herbs, bread and a binder such as egg, traditionally stuffed into a meat cavity before it is cooked. Other ingredients in stuffing might be meat, nuts, butter, chopped vegetables and even fruit or oysters.

Why is stuffing not vegetarian? ›

Stuffing, or “dressing” if you live in the south, is one of the best parts of Thanksgiving dinner. But usually it's made with the rich drippings from the roasted turkey, which means it's off limits for vegetarians.

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