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 can I use instead of eggs to bind stuffing? ›

16 egg substitutes
  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. Fruit puree will help bind a recipe in a similar way to applesauce. ...
  4. Avocado. ...
  5. Gelatin. ...
  6. Xanthan gum. ...
  7. Vegetable oil and baking powder. ...
  8. Margarine.
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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 does adding egg to stuffing do? ›

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

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 makes stuffing unhealthy? ›

Stuffing is not strictly a healthy food, because it is typically high in calories, fat, sodium, and refined carbohydrates. 1 But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it, All foods can fit into a healthy diet in moderation.

Can vegans eat olive oil? ›

The short answer is yes, olive oil is vegan! Olive oil is a completely plant-derived product that is made entirely from the fruit of the olive tree. The product does not require animals for sourcing or processing in any way.

Is it OK to make stuffing a day ahead of time? ›

No matter where you fall, getting a head start on what can be prepared before the big day is essential. One question that always crops up: Can you make stuffing ahead of time? The short answer to whether you can making stuffing ahead of time is yes.

Why put mayo in eggs? ›

Adding fat to scrambled eggs will make them richer and firmer. Many people add extra yolks to their scrambled eggs, and this serves the same purpose since yolks are mostly fat. * Mayonnaise adds to the liquid. Adding more liquid to scrambled eggs makes them more tender and moist.

What is traditional stuffing made of? ›

Classic stuffing made with bread cubes, seasonings, and held together with chicken stock and eggs. A holiday staple!

Why do people put mayo on eggs? ›

By adding Mayo to eggs, you're really enhancing the texture of the eggs. rather than the flavor. Not to mention, chosen foods classic Mayo. made with 100% pure avocado oil is so delicious, too.

Is bread usually vegan? ›

At its core, a bread recipe contains four simple ingredients: flour, water, salt, and yeast — a type of microscopic fungus used to help bread rise. Therefore, the simplest form of bread is vegan. However, some types include additional ingredients like sweeteners or fats — both of which can be of animal origin.

What is a substitute for margarine in stuffing? ›

It's easy to swap in coconut oil, olive oil, canola oil, avocado oil, or vegetable oil for margarine. In most recipes, oil is substituted for margarine at a 3:4 ratio. This accounts for any water or other ingredients in the margarine. So, for every cup of margarine in the recipe, use 3/4 cup of oil.

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.

Can I use mayonnaise instead of eggs as a binder? ›

There are more than a few reasons why mayo makes sense as a substitute for egg wash. Since they both share the same main ingredient (eggs), they function in very similar ways. Much like egg wash acts as a binding agent to help seasonings and breadcrumbs stick to meat, creamy mayonnaise also manages to do the same.

Can I use milk instead of egg to bind? ›

Using a 1/4 cup of milk or yogurt in place of eggs is perfect for baked goods where moisture is key, such as cakes or muffins. (Vegans can use plant-based milks or yogurt in its place.

What can I use as a binder for breadcrumbs instead of eggs? ›

You could also try milk or yogurt. For heavier coatings (like panko or breadcrumbs), you might dust the fish with flour first. Once the floured fish is dipped in the butter or milk, it will get a little gummy and help the coating adhere better.

What can I use in place of eggs? ›

Egg replacers
  1. Vinegar & baking soda. Replace 1 egg with: 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon vinegar. ...
  2. Unsweetened applesauce. Replace 1 egg with: 1/4 cup applesauce. ...
  3. Plain or vanilla soy yogurt. Replace 1 egg with: 1/4 cup yogurt. ...
  4. Silken tofu. ...
  5. Ripe banana. ...
  6. Ground flaxseed.

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