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Thanksgiving side that can be stuffed inside the turkey for texture and flavor.

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Stuffing is the Best Part of Thanksgiving + Vegetarian Stuffing Recipe

  • Nov 5, 2009
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Stuffing has always been my favorite Thanksgiving dish, and for a long time I was under the impression that Stuffing was in fact the main dish of all Thanksgiving Dinners. See, I was raised a vegetarian, and even though there had been times when a turkey would sometimes be on the table, since my sister and I never ate it, I never paid much attention to it. Besides, the turkey was on the end of the table and the stuffing was in the middle, usually two big pans of it, and everyone loved it!

I know cooking stuffing in the bird has benefits for the turkey and the stuffing, but if you don’t also incorporate baked stuffing in the meal you are missing out. My aunts usually fill up the bird as well as bake a pan or two of stuffing for the family to enjoy. Stuffing baked in a pan gets this delicious golden crust on top, and then seals in the moisture and flavor in the breading underneath.
I have always loved stuffing, and have cooked Stouffers for myself on some lonely college all nighters. Its also a great dish to bring as a guest, especially as a vegetarian, because you can be sure there is no animal broth or flavoring in it. Plus, it’s a holiday classic, so most everyone is sure to enjoy it!  
There are countless recipes out there, and I wanted to share a basic one, similar to the one my mother uses. I like my stuffing sweet, so I add a currants and apricots, and crunchy, so I add sliced almonds. You can use any dried fruit and nut combination in place that is your favorite.

1 Stick of Butter, plus more for greasing pan
10 cups of bread cubes, fresh and toasted or from the store (I prefer Whole Foods bags, they are nice and thick squares.)
Salt and Pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 celery stalks, sliced into half moons
2 small onions sliced
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 ½ cups vegetable broth (Bouillon cubes or canned is fine, homemade is best!)
3 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley chopped
3 teaspoons sage chopped
3 teaspoons fresh thyme chopped
3  teaspoons fresh rosemary chopped
4 large eggs
½ cup currants
½ cup dried apricots, chopped up
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt half the stick of butter in a skillet. Toss with bread in large bowl.
Heat up 2 tablespoons of butter and the olive oil, add celery, onions, garlic, and a pinch of salt sautee until soft, about 20 minutes.
Add vegetable mixture to bread bowl, combine, add in half a cup of stock, more salt, pepper, and all the herbs. Combine, and then add 3 beaten eggs.  Then add a half cup of currents and a half cup of apricots, incorporate. Add almond slices last. Add rest of broth to stuffing until moist.
Butter a baking dish or large pan, put in the stuffing, dot with remaining butter and cover with foil. Bake for 25 minues, uncover and cook for 15 -20 more minutes.
Stuffing is the Best Part of Thanksgiving + Vegetarian Stuffing Recipe

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November 06, 2009
You can substitute orange juice for the broth and add mandarin oranges and toasted nuts like almonds or hazelnuts for more texture. Use dried fruit of the season like dates and cranberry to change things up. FRESH thyme is a must to get the best flavor.
November 05, 2009
I just printed your recipe--thanks for sharing. I'm going to make it vegan. @MelissaAq, I am going to also use the sausage crumbles, they are vegan and absolutely delicious. Thanks girls. Definitely share more recipes. Last year my bf's family almost fell over when I whipped out the tofurkey--stuffing should blow their minds. ;)
November 05, 2009
Neat, let me know how it turns out? Are you planning on making substitutions for the egg? It acts as a binder, but also adds moisture. Let me know, I would like to learn more about vegan cooking.
November 07, 2009
Hey, I trial-ran the vegan stuffing tonight. I used the egg replacer--it did ok, except the nature of stuffing left it a little try. Next time I think I will use unsweetened applesauce to add the moisture. Thanks again for the great recipe. :)
November 05, 2009
YES! Oh man I love Thanksgiving. I'm definitely going to try this recipe. I might add some veggie crumble to it - my favorite part of Thanksgiving as a kid was sausage stuffing, so this could be a good way to copy the flavor :)
November 05, 2009
Mmmmm, this would go perfectly in a Favorite Fall Foods list!  And did you mean currants?  That recipe looks delicious, and bonus points that it's veggie friendly, too.  Thanks for sharing, lady! :)
November 05, 2009
woops, I guess I do mean currants. I am working on a whole list of all my favorite thanksgiving dishes, so I'm just reviewing them one by one.
November 05, 2009
Awesome! I love how you're going to be reviewing every dish on your list :)
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review by . November 05, 2009
@ariajuliet posted a great stuffing recipe recently and she inspired me to share my own!      I don't eat meat anymore, but when I did as a child the BEST part of Thanksgiving was DEFINITELY the sausage stuffing! My Italian family loves to go all-out for the holiday and make this delightfully-heavy treat. The stuffing gives a great texture to the standard bread-y chunks, as well as adds a boost of salt. If you're a meat fan you should absolutely give it a try.     …
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I'm a graphic designer, originally from Hawaii and now I'm living it up in L.A.   I've been a vegetarian my entire life, but I am still obsessed with fast food, and I love eating … more
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