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Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffing | Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffing | Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Nisha Vora
This Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffing will wow your holiday guests with its taste and presentation! Like traditional stuffing, this Wild Mushroom Stuffing is tender and moist yet a little crunchy! Bake it in a traditional pan or turn it into a festive Stuffing Wreath for a unique holiday centerpiece.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 25 mins
Cooling Time 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 8 to 10

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter* (I use Country Crock Plant Butter)
  • 1 pound wild mushrooms (tough stems removed and cut into 1-inch pieces)**
  • ½ pound button or cremini mushrooms, tough cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 2 large leeks (white and light green parts only, diced)
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary leaves
  • 2 tablespoons thyme leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon white miso paste***
  • 1 flax egg (see Step #2)
  • 1 large baguette or loaf of French bread (about 16 ounces, or 8-10 cups cubed)****
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 – 2 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ cup vegan parmesan (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the bread. Tear apart the bread into 1 1/2- to 2-inch pieces with your hands. Place the bread pieces on a large rimmed sheet pan and spread into an even layer. If you are making the stuffing the following day, allow the bread to sit uncovered at room temperature to dry out. If you are making the stuffing on the same day, preheat the oven to 300ºF/150ºC. Toast the bread pieces in the oven until completely dried out and lightly crisped, about 25 – 40 minutes. The exact amount of time will depend on the type of bread you’re using, as some breads have more moisture than others.
  • Prepare the flax egg. Combine 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal with 2 1/2 tablespoons water. Stir to combine and set aside for 15 minutes to thicken.
  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF/175ºC. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch rectangular baking dish (or other 3-quart baking dish with oil or vegan butter). If you want to make the stuffing “wreath” shape, use a 12-cup Bundt pan.
  • Heat a deep saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot, add the olive oil and vegan butter. Once melted and shimmering, add the wild mushrooms and button or cremini mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms are lightly browned and most of the liquid has evaporated, stirring occasionally but not too often to allow them to brown, about 8-9 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of the kosher salt and black pepper to taste and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Add the leeks, garlic, and chopped sage, rosemary, and thyme. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning, or until the leeks are starting to turn golden.
  • Pour in the white wine, and stir to deglaze the pan. Stir occasionally, until almost all of the wine evaporates, about 5-7 minutes. Add the miso paste and stir to incorporate into the veggies. Transfer the mushroom mixture into a very large bowl (the biggest bowl you have so you have enough room for mixing).
  • Add the flax egg, dry bread cubes, and chopped parsley to the mushroom mixture. Toss well to combine. Season with remaining ½ teaspoon kosher salt and black pepper to taste. Pour 1 cup of vegetable broth over the mixture to moisten, stirring to coat. Allow the stuffing to rest for 1-2 minutes to absorb the liquid. Then toss again until the liquid is evenly distributed onto each piece of bread. Add more broth as needed, depending on how dry your bread is.
  • If using vegan parmesan, sprinkle it over the stuffing and gently mix it in.
  • Transfer the stuffing to your prepared dish. Spray a piece of aluminum foil lightly with cooking spray or brush lightly with oil to prevent sticking. Cover the pan tightly with the foil bake until warmed through, about 25 minutes. Then increase the oven temperature to to 425°F/220°C and uncover the pan. Continue baking until golden-brown and crisp on top, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Allow to cool slightly before serving. If you are making the stuffing in a bundt pan, allow to cool for 20-25 minutes before inverting onto a serving dish.

Notes

* You can just use more olive oil if you don’t want to use or don’t have vegan butter.
** Wild mushrooms are pricy, so you can use a smaller quantity if you prefer. Also, I find that button mushrooms are a lot more watery than wild mushrooms, so it might take a few more minutes for the liquid to evaporate when cooking them.
*** To keep this recipe soy-free, omit the miso paste or use chickpea miso. If you omit the miso paste, you might want to add just a smidgen more of salt.
**** You can use any bread you like, but I prefer a sturdy rustic bread such as a good-quality baguette, French bread, or ciabatta.
Keyword mushrooms, nut-free, stuffing, thanksgiving
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