Here’s a slew of delectable vegan stuffings for your Thanksgiving menu or to serve as a comforting side dish at everyday meals.
I remember a TV ad years back in which a reporter asked people on the street whether they’d prefer rice, potatoes, or stuffing for dinner. The respondents invariably chose stuffing (it was a commercial for a stuffing mix, after all). One student type enthused, “I’m going to call my mom right now and ask her to make some!”
Though stuffing doesn’t usually cause as much excitement as this ad suggested, it does seem to have much appeal as a comfort food. Stuffing is a sturdy, everyday sort of dish, though most of us forget about it other than as an add-on to holiday meals, especially Thanksgiving.
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Many stuffings, including the ones listed in this post, follow tradition by using bread or breadcrumbs as the basic ingredient. We have a few gluten-free options listed here as well.
Most stuffings are made and served from a casserole dish (or in some cases, from a skillet) and aren’t used to stuff anything. Of course, this concoction started as a means of stuffing the Thanksgiving turkey, a practice we don’t follow (or condone!). Stuffing can be used in our case to stuff squashes or other vegetables if we so choose. But even non-vegans often use stuffing as a side dish.
What about dressing? What’s the difference between stuffing and dressing? Not much, as it turns out, other than geography. You learn more about the history of the dish, or put your time to better use by perusing the super savory vegan stuffings in the following list — and then choose one or two to try.
Thanks to the bloggers who participated in this roundup for permission to feature their creative and delicious recipes and photos in this post.
Potato, Apple, & Sauerkraut Stuffing: In this Slavic-inspired vegan sauerkraut stuffing recipe, sweet apple contrasts with the tartness, and potato mellows it all out. If you’d like to try something a little different than the usually bread-heavy stuffing for your vegan Thanksgiving or Christmas menu, this might be just what you’re looking for.
Skillet Cornbread Stuffing with Vegan Sausage: Use leftover cornbread to make a delicious skillet cornbread stuffing flavored with vegan sausage and mushrooms.
Sweet & Savory Cornbread Stuffing: Another delicious cornbread stuffing, this one from Veggie Lexi comes together in a flash and is such a wonderful holiday treat!
Vegan Cheeseburger Stuffing: Hannah Kaminsky’s creative take on stuffing on BitterSweetBlog is a little bit Thanksgiving, a little bit backyard BBQ, and 100% comfort food. It’s a dish you could serve as a side or main dish for your grand feast, or simply make as the main feature any ordinary day of the week.
Butternut Squash & Kale Quinoa Stuffing: Butternut Squash and Kale Quinoa Stuffing from Good Life Eats is a fantastic gluten-free stuffing loaded with tons of veggies and flavors.
Sourdough Stuffing Muffins with Apples and Fresh Herbs: Super cute and perfectly portioned, these savory vegan stuffing muffins by This Wife Cooks are a fantastic addition to your holiday table.
Grandma’s Easy Vegan Stuffing Recipe: Wow, It’s Veggie? presents a stuffing that’s savory and delicious, just like Grandma used to make it! It’s so yummy and quick to make too!
Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, & Apple Stuffing: From Plant Based Cooking, this Thanksgiving dish makes a beautiful presentation and is easier to make if you use butternut squash that’s already pre-cut, purchased from the market.
Best Vegan Stuffing Recipe (Oil-Free): This classic whole grain bread stuffing is flavorful and easy to make. Inspired by the traditional stuffing, this is from Ve Eat Cook Bake.
Vegan Vegetable Stuffing Recipe for Thanksgiving: Also from Ve Eat Cook Bake, here’s a grain-free veggie stuffing for everyone who wants to eat more veggies and less carbs.
Vegan Chick’n Nugget and Apple Stuffing: Arts & Crackers presents a vegan stuffing that could be a whole meal! You’ll love the “chicken nugget” and apple flavor and texture combinations.
Vegan Stuffing with Mushrooms & Artichokes: Know Your Produce uses day-old bread, vegan parmesan cheese, mushrooms, artichokes, faux chicken broth, and seasonings in a delectable plant-based stuffing recipe. It’s always a hit, and everyone will be asking for the recipe!
Sourdough Sage Stuffing: Sage is one of Veggie Lexi’s favorite holiday flavors and it really shines in this Sourdough Sage Stuffing. This recipe is so delicious as is, but it’s also super adaptable if you want to try different flavor add-ins!
Wild Rice Stuffing with Butternut Squash, Pears, and Pecans: Wild rice stuffing with butternut squash, pecans, and dried cranberries. This healthy gluten-free stuffing recipe is perfect for sharing over the holidays!
Cranberry Apple Leek Whole Grain Stuffing: Cranberry Apple Leek Whole Grain Stuffing is just the thing you need for your holiday table, Sunday night dinner, or comfort food plant-based meal.