Stuffing is a popular filling for roast dinners. Vegans use it more as an accompaniment (rather than to stuff a dead animal). It is mostly made from breadcrumbs along with onion, spices and often celery and herbs. Some brands use chestnuts (especially at Christmas) apricots and nuts. Use these stuffing recipes with a veggie roast dinner, or to fill a stuffed squash. The Best Vegan Stuffing (Shane & Simple) is made with wholegrain bread, celery, onions, mushrooms and herbs (thyme, sage and oregano) and veggie broth.
Keep these recipes away from pets due to toxic ingredients (garlic, onion, leeks, chives, mushrooms, dried fruits, nutmeg, fresh dough, green potatoes/onions etc). Never give stale bread/croutons to birds as it can choke, and fatty leftovers can affect insulation/waterproofing of feathers.
Stuffings go back hundreds of years, when all kinds of poor creatures were used (including wildlife). Today things are kinder, with many people using stuffings made from plant-based foods to stuff anything from giant tomatoes to roasted peppers. Another reason not to use stuffing with animal foods is that the USDA (US department of agriculture) says that filling a cavity of an animal with stuffing can affect the temperature, thus presenting food safety hazards. The main brand of stuffing is Paxo (owned by Premier Foods) which contains palm oil.
Classic Gluten-Free Stuffing (Crowded Kitchen) is loaded with celery and sage, mushrooms, sweet apples and crispy bread cubes. This is a real crowd-pleaser!
This homemade vegan stuffing recipe (Rainbow Plant Life) will have you banishing the store-bought sage & onion stuffing to the back of the cupboard, or it may even go in the bin. Packed with goodness from fresh foods, it also contains a little vegan butter (Naturli is a good palm-oil-free brand). The recipe includes leeks, carrot, pepper, garlic and apple, along with fresh sage.
Where to Buy Good Vegan Stuffing
- You can buy good vegan stuffing from Steenbergs (Yorkshire) which offers Sage & Onion, Lemon, Apple & Onion and Cranberry Apple.
- Or Shropshire Spice Co Roasted Chestnut Stuffing is made with wholemeal breadcrumbs and rusk, roasted chestnuts, onion flakes, herbs, garlic, onion, salt and yeast powder.