Bread Stuffing is the perfect side dish for the vegan festive table - crunchy, soft, full of flavor and textures!
I love to serve stuffing with any roast dinner I make, or for special occasions like thanksgiving and Christmas day, it's crunchy and herby and soaks up gravy so deliciously! It works perfectly alongside my braised red cabbage too!
When I was a kid, we always had Paxo stuffing, which comes dried in a little blue box and you had boiling water to it. It's basically breadcrumbs, dried onion and some dried herbs. We never stuffed chickens or turkeys with it, just baked it in the oven alongside everything else. I always loved the crunchy bits around the side.
Some people make sausagemeat stuffing or stuffing balls, which, even before I was vegan, I really didn't like, although I'd love to try one with vegan sausage meat!
This chunky vegan bread stuffing is the perfect side dish for your festive table: full of herby flavor and texture, it's like my childhood stuffing, but amped up!
- bread. I like to use a sourdough or a firm, open textured rustic loaf as these absorb flavors and moisture well, whilst not turning mushy!
- onions, garlic and celery
- fresh sage and thyme
- vegetable stock
See recipe card for quantities.
Sauté the garlic, onion, celery and herbs with a little vegan butter until tender
Add the vegetable stock and gently reduce down a little
Now add the stale bread cubes and mix well
Add a little more stock and tip into a baking dish. Bake at 180c for 40-50 mins until golden brown
Hint: cut your bread into cubes the night before and leave it out to dry out.
- bread - use gluten free bread instead if you are following a gluten-free diet, but try and use a good quality gluten-free sourdough
- herbs - use a mixture of different herbs if you prefer, parsley or chives, perhaps
- Spicy - add chili pepper flakes or chopped jalapenos to the onion mixture
- Deluxe - add crispy onions for a really festive flavor or add some chopped, toasted pecans
Store the prepped dish, covered with foil, in the fridge the day before you want to bake it. If you want to reheat leftovers, I recommend throwing them into a frying pan with a little more oil and frying them up!
This recipe doesn't stand up well to freezing, but can be prepped the day or two before.
Make sure to use a good quality rustic loaf, a white sourdough is perfect. I cut mine into cubes a day or two before I'm going to make the stuffing and leave it out on a baking sheet to dry out.
You can do it one of two ways. You can cut it into cubes a couple of days before you want to use it, and just leave it open on a baking sheet to dry out. This is the energy saving way and the way I do it. Bread that is exposed to the air dries out really quickly.
However, if your bread is still a little to fresh, you can cut it into cubes, place on a baking tray in one layer and place in a low oven (about 120c) to dry out slowly.
I think the best kind of bread is a rustic open textured loaf, something like a white sourdough would be perfect.
Easy Vegan Bread Stuffing
- 3 cups Bread cubed, stale
- 1 Onion peeled, cut into small dice
- 1 Garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 Celery stick, finely chopped
- 2 Thyme stems
- 3 Sage leaves, chopped finely
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Butter vegan
- 1½ cups Vegetable stock
- salt and pepper
- Make sure you have cut your bread into cubes a couple of days beforehand to let it dry out.
- Preheat oven to 180c.
- Add the butter and olive oil to a frying pan and sauté the onion, garlic, celery and herbs until tender.
- Add 1 cup of stock to the onion mixture and simmer it, just to reduce and thicken it down a little.
- Remove from the heat and add the cubed bread, mixing gently but thoroughly.
- If the bread seems quite dry, add the remaining half cup of stock.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes until golden brown and toasty on top.