If you haven’t been able to tell yet, I’m trying to load you guys up with some awesome vegan options for Thanksgiving, Christmas and beyond. I know it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to adapting family recipes to suit everyone’s dietary needs, so let us help!
Expect a full Thanksgiving roundup next week. But until then, let’s talk about this stuffing, which happens to be my favorite stuffing of all time.
This recipe is adapted from my grandma’s classic stuffing that my dad has loved since he was a kid, and I happen to be quite fond of as well. It’s hearty, moist and flavorful on the inside, and perfectly crisp on the outside – just like any good stuffing should be.
While her version isn’t vegan, I’ve subbed out the meat for lentils, the egg for a flax egg, and the chicken broth for veggie broth to keep things veg-friendly. (Of course, sub in any of those things as you please.)
Despite making quite a few swaps, the final result was surprisingly close to the original recipe! In fact, I think if I served this version at Thanksgiving, I doubt anyone would be able to tell the difference.
Another perk? It’s simple! Just 9 ingredients – all basic and easy to get your hands on.
This stuffing is my new favorite! It’s:
Loaded with veggies
Studded with nutrient-rich lentils
Moist on the inside
Crisp on the outside
& Perfect for holiday gatherings
If you guys make this dish this holiday season, let us know by tagging a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. We’d love to see what you cook up. Cheers!
Simple Vegan Stuffing
- 1 large loaf whole-grain bread* (cubed & set out to dry overnight // 1 large loaf yields ~9 cups loosely packed cubes)
- 3/4 cup uncooked green lentils
- 3 Tbsp olive oil or vegan butter (I used a mix of both)
- 1/2 cup white onions (diced)
- 3/4 cup celery (diced)
- Salt & pepper
- 3 – 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth (plus more for cooking lentils // DIY or store-bought)
- 1 batch flax egg (1 Tbsp (7 g) flaxseed meal + 2 1/2 Tbsp (37 ml) water as original recipe is written)
- 3/4 tsp dried sage*
- The night before, cube your bread and set it in a large bowl to dry out – you want it to be the texture of day old bread – noticeably dry but not rock hard.
- The day of, if you haven’t already cooked your lentils, do so now by thoroughly rinsing 3/4 cup lentils in cold water, then adding to a small saucepan with 1 1/2 cups veggie broth or water (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
- Cook over medium-high heat until a low boil is achieved, and then lower to a simmer and continue cooking uncovered for 20-30 minutes. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and line a 9×13 pan (or comparable sized dish // as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) with foil or spray with nonstick spray. Also prepare flax egg and set aside.
- Sauté onion and celery in the olive oil or vegan butter and season with a bit of salt and pepper. Cook until fragrant and translucent – about 5 minutes. Set aside.
- To the bowl of bread, pour most of the broth then add the remaining ingredients (sage, cooked veggies, flax egg, and lentils) and mix with a wooden spoon. The key is to make sure it is about the consistency of a meatloaf: Moist but not soggy. It should hold its shape if formed into a shape but liquid shouldn’t squeeze out of it. Too dry and it will be really dry after cooking. Too wet and it will be soggy and never get any crisp texture. If too dry, add more broth and mix again. If it’s gotten too wet, add more bread.
- Transfer to the prepared pan and cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Then remove the top layer of foil so the top can brown. Increase heat to 400 degrees F (204 C) and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the top is well browned and crisp.
- Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving. Leftovers reheat well in the microwave or oven, though best when fresh.
*You can sub 1 1/4 tsp fresh sage, chopped per 3/4 tsp dried.
*Adapted from my grandma’s favorite stuffing.
*How to cook lentils from the Kitchn