Whether you are preparing for Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter, every big holiday needs to have a comforting carb-loading dish on the table. This Vegan Gluten Free Stuffing is meant to add some easement to your preparation with some delicious savoury goodness. It’s straightforward to make, made with simple ingredients and is a flavourpacked take on a classic dish everyone loves.
how to make this gluten free stuffing mix
Making vegan gluten free stuffing is easy, yet you’ll feel like a wizard in the kitchen because the end result is so mouthwatering. Toasting the bread is easy peasy, broiling it also works great. But a word of advice, keep an eye on the bread if you do broil it. I learned the hard way and had to toss many pieces of bread in the trash because I got sidetracked.
Once the bread is toasty and in 1-inch pieces, you get to set that aside and begin prepping the veg. Sauté the leeks, celery, and garlic in a little oil and let the flavours erupt throughout your house. Next, you add the apple, bread, and spices. Lastly, pour in the apple cider vinegar for a little tang and the broth to add even more yumminess to the gluten free stuffing mix.
Last but not least, you need to transfer the stuffing into an oven-safe pot with a lid. This is the pot I used. So anything similar will work. The gluten free stuffing mix needs to be covered for twenty minutes while it bakes. You have the option of taking the lid off and letting the top crisp up for 5- 10 minutes. And that is it, my friends. A simple process for a dynamite dish.
My mom and I had a tasty vegan menu planned for Christmas dinner this year. But we weren’t sure if stuffing would necessarily fit well with everything else. So I asked Adam if he would be disappointed if there was no stuffing at Christmas dinner. Adam’s reaction went from initial shock to complete disappointment. He really was outraged. Needless to say, stuffing is now back on our menu, and we’ll be using this simple vegan gluten-free stuffing recipe!
here are a few reasons why this is one of my favourite Christmas dishes, so listen up!
- I chose simple yet delicious flavours for this vegan gluten free stuffing. The savoury and thyme spices add a warming and festive touch. Complementing the spices quite nicely is the subtle flavour of apple. It isn’t overwhelming but helps to balance out the more savoury flavours you get in this stuffing dish.
- Now don’t get me started on the aroma that comes from the kitchen while this stuffing is baking. No one can say they don’t love the smell of onions and garlic sautéing in the pan. You really can’t turn your nose up at the heavenly smells of leeks, garlic, vegetable broth, apple, savoury and thyme all mixing in the oven together. It will make your home smell next level on any holiday.
- This gluten free stuffing mix is easy and straightforward to prepare in the midst of a busy season. As much as I love being in the kitchen, no one wants to be stuck there all day on Christmas. So to make Adam happy, and to make sure I’m not in the kitchen all day, I created a simple stuffing recipe. This recipe leaves you with lots of time to eat chocolate and lounge by the fireplace.
I find the combination of savoury and thyme quite wonderful. When mixed together they create some sort of party for your tastebuds. After tasting this recipe I can understand Adam’s dismay as to why I would even consider excluding stuffing from our Christmas menu. It is one of those Christmas dishes that needs to be on the table. I hope with whatever holiday you are celebrating this vegan gluten free stuffing makes it to your table.
vegan gluten free stuffing
- 150-200 g gluten free bread (I used UDI’s GF loaf)
- 3 tsp oil of choice
- 2 garlic cloves
- 4 stalks celery (just over 1 cup, chopped)
- 1 medium leek (roughly 2 cups finely chopped)
- 1 ambrosia apple
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 tsp dried savory
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 2-3 cups vegetable broth
- Toast/ or broil the bread so it is toasty, and let cool. (You can do this in the morning or evening before eating), then cut into about one-inch pieces.
- Chop leeks, celery and apple (I chopped mine quite small but that is personal preference). Heat a pan over medium heat, add 2 tsp of oil.
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Sauté leek, celery, garlic and spices until they are golden. Add in the chopped apple and apple cider vinegar then the chopped bread. Next, add in the vegetable broth. Mix all together and let simmer for a few minutes (3-5 minutes)
- Add the stuffing to a dish that can go into the oven, no need to grease the dish. Top the stuffing with 1 tsp of oil and mix.
- Place in the oven at 350° for 20 minutes covered with a lid. The bread should be quite moist. If you like a crispier top to your stuffing leave it uncovered in the oven for another 5 minutes.