Our favorite vegan chef and founder of NOGO Arts, Todd Coulter, prepared this fantastic Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffing using Outside The Breadbox Plain Croutons. Take it from someone who has been to Thanksgiving at his house, even if you are not vegetarian or vegan, the taste of Todd’s recipes leave you not missing a thing. Notes from the chef: “I like adding mushrooms to the stuffing to get an earthier ‘umami’ taste throughout. The miso paste helps to punch that flavor up. If you use miso paste, I suggest cutting back on the salt when seasoning. I like to mix the red and white onion together. Feel free to stick with all white onion if preferred. Use one large onion if not mixing.”
- 2 bags of Outside The Breadbox Plain Croutons
- 1/2 cup vegan spread (I used Earth Balance original)
- 1 medium white onion, chopped
- 1 medium red onion, chopped
- 2 cups celery, sliced or chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 5 oz sliced mushrooms. If you can find maitake/hen of the woods, use them! This recipe used pre-sliced Shitake mushrooms.
- 1/2 Tbsp miso paste
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- fresh rosemary to taste, chopped
- fresh safe leaves to taste, finely chopped
- In a separate pan, sautée the mushrooms with 2 tbs of vegan spread and miso paste.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 3-quart dish with a bit of the vegan spread. Heat approx. 3 tbs of vegan spread in large skillet over medium heat, add onion and cook until edges start to brown/crisp. Add celery and garlic until celery begins to turn translucent. Add vegetable stock taking care to scrape up any fond in the pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Mix in approx. 1.5 packages of Outside The Breadbox Plain Croutons and mushrooms until well combined. Then transfer to a greased baking dish. If you want to add more croutons, go for it. Create the consistency you prefer. I added some extra on top to make sure there was some good crunch.
- Cover dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil and bake for roughly another 30 minutes or until golden brown and crisp on top.
- Happy Thanksgiving!
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