Classic stuffing made vegan. This easy holiday recipe is made with the most delicious plant-based ingredients and comes out nice and crispy every time. The best part, it had absolutely no relationship with a bird’s ass. You’re welcome.
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What’s The Difference Between Stuffing And Dressing?
The truth is there isn’t a great deal of difference between vegan stuffing and vegan thanksgiving dressing. Traditionally stuffing got its name from being stuffed inside an animal, and dressing is just cooked on its own. However, as many people cook stuffing separately, the terms are often used interchangeably nowadays, especially when cooking up a delicious vegan roast dinner.
Is Stuffing Vegan Or Vegetarian?
This recipe is entirely vegan-friendly and uses no animal products. Traditionally speaking though, stuffing is not vegan or vegetarian. Normally, stuffing calls for turkey or chicken stalk along with being stuffed inside a dead animal. See, there are so many benefits to vegan stuffing.
Vegan Stuffing Main Ingredients
- Bread – Any bread that you have on hand will work great. I am a fan of a nice whole wheat artisan loaf though. A nice gluten-free bread will also be delicious. More gluten-free vegan stuffing tips to follow!
- Vegetable Broth – I usually just use water plus vegetable bouillon as it is easy to have on hand. That being said, I recommend using your favorite vegetable broth.
- Celery – It’s just not stuffing without celery in my opinion.
- Quinoa – Packed with protein, quinoa make this vegan stuffing recipe a meal all on its own.
- Spices and Herbs – This vegan dressing thanksgiving recipe is pretty simple when it comes to ingredients. For the spices and herbs this recipe calls for salt, pepper, and rosemary. Simple yet flavorful.
How To Make This Quinoa Stuffing Gluten-Free
Quinoa is a high-protein grain used alongside bread to create the bulk of this stuffing. However, sometimes when people gather for the holidays, it’s a task to ensure you cover all dietary needs. As this stuffing recipe is nut-free and vegan (therefore egg-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian friendly), you can do to ensure this vegan stuffing for thanksgiving can suit everyone’s plate by making a couple of easy swaps:
- Trade the whole-wheat bread for a gluten-free bread of your choice and use a gluten-free bouillon.
- Use a gluten-free vegetable bouillion paste or instant stock powder or make your own vegetable broth. This homemade broth is a great recipe for using leftover vegetable peel and offcuts from your holiday dinner to reduce food waste.
Pro Tips For The Best Vegan Stuffing
- The quinoa is tender and will bind the stuffing ingredients, so there is no need to add an egg replacement, such as a flax egg.
- Use a firm or crustier bread where possible to avoid soggy stuffing. Or failing that, put the bread in the fridge before soaking in stock.
- Experiment with this stuffing by playing around with the bread you use and how much stock to add. If you use crusty bread, you may need more vegetable stock, depending on how crispy or soggy you like your stuffing. I like mine somewhere in the middle, but it’s totally up to you!
- Sauté the onion, celery, and garlic in a little vegan butter to add a rich, buttery taste to your veg.
- Leftover stuffing is a great sandwich filler alongside a spoon of sweet cranberry sauce and any leftover vegan meat or vegetables. Maybe even try a drizzle of warm gravy in there. I know a sandwich of bread in bread sounds like a strange idea but trust me, it’s delicious the day after Thanksgiving.
Can You Make Vegan Stuffing In Advance?
Of course! Prepare this recipe before the big day so you can actually have time to give yourself 5 minutes to get ready before guests arrive. Prepare the entire dish up to the end of step 9, store it in the fridge for up to 3 days, and bake on the day. You may need to add another splash of vegetable stock to avoid the dish drying out.
Can You Freeze Vegan Stuffing?
If you wish to be even more organized and get everything ready a few weeks early, you can freeze the stuffing after completing steps 1-9.
This is an excellent option if you want to have everything done well before the Holiday season. You can keep stuffing frozen for up to 1 month before serving. Cook straight from frozen and serve when crispy brown on top. You will need to cook it longer than stated in this recipe.
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