September 21, 2020
This recipe combines all the best flavors of Thanksgiving into one dish: cranberries, apples, savory buttery stuffing, and acorn squash. The flavors are so great together, no one will miss the turkey at your vegan Thanksgiving!
Stuffing (or dressing, or filling, depending on where you live) is one of those Thanksgiving staples that everyone loves. I've made vegan stuffing for many years now without "stuffing" it into anything. But this year I decided I wanted to make this holiday recipe live up to its name, so I'm stuffing it into roasted acorn squash. Acorn squash is a perfect fall food for stuffing, and its small size means each person can have their own half-squash "bowl." This vegan stuffing recipe is also amazing on its own, so if you'd rather not make the squash, feel free to skip it!
If you're looking for a classic vegan stuffing, you can leave out the apple and cranberries, and it will work just as well. We're using vegan butter and vegetable stock for lots of rich flavor, and a flax "egg" to hold everything together in this eggless stuffing.
Note that you'll want to start this recipe a day in advance to let the bread dry out a bit. However, if you're in a last-minute bind, see the notes & hints for instructions on drying the bread in the oven.
Prep Time45 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time90 minutes
Leave your loaf of bread out to dry overnight. I like to use a large mixing bowl to spread out the pieces, and rotate them every so often so they dry evenly. Once the bread is dry, cut it into approximately 1-inch cubes. Place the bread cubes in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
Grease a 9x13 or 10x15 baking pan or casserole dish.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut each acorn squash in half, from tip to stem. Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and stringy pieces inside.
Rub 1/2 tbsp. of vegan butter on the inside of each half of squash, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place the squash halves face up on the baking tray, and bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until the squash is fork-tender and golden brown on its cut side.
While your squash is roasting, begin chopping vegetables and preparing the stuffing. Once the squash is out of the oven, reduce the oven heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a small bowl or cup, mix ground flax with water, and set aside to thicken.
In a large pan over medium heat, melt the vegan butter. Add the chopped onion and cook for 3-5 minutes. (Cook longer for softer vegetables, less time for crunchier vegetables).
Add chopped celery to the pan and continue cooking for an additional 4-6 minutes. Remove from heat.
Add the celery and onion to the bread cubes, along with the butter from the pan. Add in the flax mix and all the remaining ingredients except the vegetable broth and mix well. Then add the vegetable broth a little at a time, mixing continually, until the bread is moist but not soggy. Mix everything together using your hands until well combined.
Spread the stuffing in the greased casserole pan, then cover the pan with foil. Bake for about 35 minutes, then remove the foil and continue baking for another 10-15 minutes.
Allow the stuffing to cool slightly, then fill each squash half with a generous serving of stuffing.
You could use many types of bread, but white sandwich bread is usually the most-liked bread for stuffing. I used Dave's Killer White Bread for this recipe.
Some people recommend cutting the bread into cubes before leaving it to dry out, however I found that the bread is much easier to cut once it's already dry.
If you're in a bind and you don't have time to leave your bread overnight to dry, you can spread the bread out in a baking tray and bake it at 350 degrees for 5 minutes (until just dried, but not toasted).
Leftovers: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The stuffing can be frozen for longer storage.
Reheat: Heat in the oven at 350 degrees. The squash will take about 15-17 minutes to heat all the way through, but if you're just heating the stuffing, it should heat up in about 12 minutes. Add some broth to the stuffing to keep it from drying out.
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