Make the holidays complete with this hearty and comforting Easy Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing. This classic Thanksgiving side dish is loaded with wild rice, vegan sausage, crusty bread, apples, and an array of veggies and spices. Easy to make gluten and oil free!
This Easy Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing is a must-have for all of your holiday celebrations. It’s so savory and hearty, your guests will scoop it all up before the rest of the sides are put out! The warm spices, savory vegan sausage, wild rice, and buttery sauteed veggies are impossible to resist.
This easy vegan stuffing recipe is the very best because it’s
- Perfect for the holidays
- Full of veggies
- Super hearty, savory, and delicious
- Easy to make oil free and gluten free!
What kind of bread is best for stuffing?
Dense, hearty, and firm bread is always best for stuffing because it holds its shape and doesn’t turn to mush when baked. For this recipe, I used a mixture of sourdough and hearty whole grain bread but french bread, sandwich bread, whole wheat bread, potato bread, and even vegan cornbread works.
Simple vegan stuffing ingredients
- Bread - Make sure the bread is at least a day old and toasted before mixing it into the stuffing. Stale bread always holds its shape in the oven.
- Veggies - You’ll need a combination of onion, garlic, celery, bell pepper, and mushrooms.
- Apples - Green apple will hold its shape when baked but any type of apple will work in this stuffing.
- Vegan sausage - I like using mild or spicy Beyond Meat sausages but you can use vegan Italian sausages, vegan ground beef, Impossible Meat, Lightlife, or Gardein instead.
- Wild rice - This is a Thanksgiving classic! Wild rice makes the stuffing extra filling but leftover cooked rice or quinoa works just as well.
- Herbs - A blend of poultry seasoning, ground fennel, parsley, garlic powder, and fresh rosemary are necessary for the coziest and comforting vegan stuffing.
- Bouillion - I used Better Than Bouillon No Chicken Soup Base but vegetable broth works just as well.
How to make the best vegetarian stuffing
Easy homemade stuffing comes together in one skillet before it’s baked in the oven. You can finish the stuffing ahead of time or about an hour before you sit down for the holiday dinner! Does it get any better than that?
- First, cook the rice according to the package instructions.
- Spread the cubed bread onto a baking sheet and toast in the oven.
- Saute the onions with some melted vegan butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and sausage, and continue to cook until the sausage has browned.
- Add the celery, peppers, and mushrooms into the pan and cook until they’re soft. Finish by stirring in the herbs and spices.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the diced apple, rice, veggie stock, and cubed toasted bread. Taste and season as needed.
- Transfer the stuffing into the casserole dish, cover with foil, and bake. Remove the foil for the last 5 minutes of baking, then serve and enjoy! For full ingredients and instructions see printable recipe card below
Tips for success
- For even more flavor, cook the rice in vegetable stock.
- If the stuffing seems dry in the skillet, add a little more veggie stock.
- Worried about the stuffing falling apart? One flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxmeal + 3 tablespoons water) mixed in will make sure it all sticks together! (I much prefer it without)
- Spray the top of the stuffing in the casserole dish with cooking spray to give it an extra crispy top.
There’s a lot of room to customize a vegan stuffing recipe. The options are practically endless! Use these suggestions for inspiration:
- Replace the rice with green lentils or your favorite grain.
- Use chickenless stock for true poultry flavors.
- Add or substitute any veggies you like, such as kale, carrots, sweet potatoes, or butternut squash.
- Mix in some pecans, almonds, raisins, or dried cranberries.
- Add dried thyme or sage to the list of herbs.
- Make the vegan stuffing without bread to lighten it up.
Frequently asked questions
Gravy, obviously. But stuffing also calls for all of the best Thanksgiving, Christmas, and holiday side dishes like cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, broccoli salad, and roasted vegetables. It’s a must-have for special celebrations!
Make sure the bread you use is gluten free to ensure the vegan stuffing is also gluten free.
Absolutely! Just saute the veggies in vegetable stock or water instead of the vegan butter or olive oil and use oil free sausages or omit them.
Save time during the holidays by fully assembling or baking the vegetarian stuffing up to 1 day ahead of serving. When it’s time to eat, reheat it (covered) in a 350ºF oven and enjoy!
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