7 Meatless Stuffing Recipes (No Turkey Needed!)

November 9th, 2015


Thanksgiving is on its way: start planning your feast with meatless stuffing!

The tradition of “stuffing” a raw turkey (or other bird, like chicken or duck) with a tasty combination of breads, vegetables, and seasonings is a favoite part of the thanksgiving meal for many families. Cooking inside a turkey means a lot of attention to detail and careful for the cooks in the kitchen; cooking your poultry at a high enough temperature to meet safety standards gets even more complicated when you have to cook a side dish inside the bird itself.

The easy solution? Go meatless and cook it all by itself!

When you don’t literally “stuff” your turkey, you make the cooking process much easier and safer. Since the dish is no longer”stuffed” many people call it “dressing” though the terms vary across regions in the United States. The best way to prepare your dressing now that it’s not inside the bird? Several resources have great tips on cooking up this dish to keep that familiar flavor and texture without all the work of cooking inside a turkey:

“…toast the bread until it’s completely dry; this helps it to absorb the stock and also hold its shape during cooking. Toast the nuts while you’re at it.”The Kitchn

“…I suggest cooking it separately (in which case it’s “dressing,” not stuffing) and inserting it into the bird while it rests (to collect the turkey juices). Odds are no one will notice the difference.”Celebrity Chef Alton Brown

“The flavor base for stuffing starts with a mirepoix (pronounced meer-PWAH)—an assortment of chopped vegetables and seasonings cooked slowly in butter, oil, or rendered bacon fat. The idea is to soften the vegetables just enough to release their flavors; you want to leave them, especially the celery, a little crunchy to counter the softness of the bread.”Molly Stevens, Fine Cooking

These mouth-watering recipes from Meatless Monday bloggers are sure to get you excited for laying out a Thanksgiving spread you didn’t have to “stuff” in a turkey!

Stuffing-Muffins with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, The Colorful Kitchen

Stuffing-Muffins with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, The Colorful Kitchen

Vegetarian Cranberry and Apple Stuffing, Fuel Your Future

Vegetarian Cranberry and Apple Stuffing, Fuel Your Future

Quinoa “Stuffing” (Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Cranberries & Pistachios), Gimme Some Oven

Quinoa "Stuffing" (Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Cranberries & Pistachios), Gimme Some Oven

Cornbread and Wild Rice Stuffing with Hazelnuts and Cranberries, Feed Me Phoebe

Cornbread and Wild Rice Stuffing with Hazelnuts and Cranberries, Feed Me Phoebe

Mushroom Cranberry Stuffing, $5 Dinners

Mushroom Cranberry Stuffing, $5 Dinners

Crispy Stuffing Scoops, Apron Strings

Crispy Stuffing Scoops, Apron Strings

Artichoke Stuffing Bites, Circle B KitchenArtichoke Stuffing Bites, Circle B Kitchen

Looking for even more meatless dishes for Thanksgiving? Check out the delicious ideas on our Thanksgiving Pinterest board for inspiration, or visit the Meatless Monday recipe archive for entrees, side dishes, and desserts to delight the whole family.