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perfect vegan stuffing in a casserole dish

Perfect Vegan Stuffing

  • Author: The Cheeky Chickpea
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: mains, snacks/sides
  • Cuisine: American

Description

My Perfect Vegan Stuffing recipe is the best part of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, full of mushrooms, veggies, vegan sausage, apples, wild rice, fresh herbs and hearty sprouted grain bread. It’s jam packed with flavour.


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Ingredients

  • 7 cups cubed bread,( bite size pieces) approximately 7 slices depending on bread used, See notes*
  • 1 tbsp oil or so, (optional)
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves or more, chopped
  • 12 Vegan sausages,( optional) sliced lengthwise into quarters and chopped, I use Field Roast Italian Sausages 
  • 2 celery stocks , diced
  • 1/23/4 cup chopped bell pepper, I use a couple different colours😊
  • 1/2 lb (227 grams) ( 8 oz) chopped mushrooms
  • 1 apple cored and chopped
  • 1 cup wild rice, cooked
  • 1.5 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp ground fennel
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp or so fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  •  1tsp Better than Bouillon No chicken soup base + 1 cup water /or 1 cup vegetable stock

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° /Lightly grease a 9×13 casserole dish.( I use my lasagna pan)
  2. Spread cubed bread evenly on baking sheet , bake for 10-12 minutes, stirring halfway. Remove from oven and set aside
  3. Add onions, oil(or broth/water) , pinch of salt and pepper to a large non stick skillet set to medium heat. Sautés for 5 minutes, till onions are softening and slightly brown, then add garlic and sausage(s), cook for another 3 minutes or so to crisp the sausage a bit.
  4. Add the celery, peppers, mushrooms and cook for 10 minutes or so till veggies are softening but the celery and peppers still have a slight bite to them. Add in the herbs, salt and spices, give it a stir.
  5. Turn off the heat. Now add the diced apple, cooked rice and veggie stock, give it a mix.
  6.  Add the toasted cubed bread and mix till combined, Taste for seasonings, add more salt, pepper and or poultry seasoning if needed. If mix seems to dry add little more veggie stock. I find 1 cup of vegetable stock is perfect.
  7. Add the stuffing mix to the casserole dish. Lightly spray top of stuffing with oil for a crispier top ( optional) and Bake covered for 30 minutes. Uncover and broil for 3-5 minutes. Watch carefully make sure not to burn😊
  8. Remove from oven, Serve and Enjoy!

Notes

  • I usually use a hearty sprouted whole grain bread for my stuffing recipe or a mix of hearty and whole wheat. I find softer bread tends to get mushy. If you use Ezekiel bread you’ll need more than 7 slices as the bread is sliced very thin. I usually use Squirrelly Bread for this stuffing.
  • To make this gluten free, use gluten free bread and use gluten free vegan sausages or omit them.
  • Other Holiday savory recipes you would like:
  • Vegan Mac and Cheese
  • Vegan Salsbury Steak Meatloaf with mushroom gravy
  • Curried Quinoa Salad ( yes I serve this  with my holiday dinner😊)

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