Vegan Stuffing with Chickpea Sausage Crumbles


This Vegan Stuffing is made with homemade chickpea sausage crumbles and is hearty, wholesome, and packed with flavor! Serve it for your vegan Thanksgiving Dinner. Gluten-free option.

a casserole dish with vegan stuffing with chickpea sausage

No Thanksgiving Dinner without Stuffing! This vegan stuffing is my current favorite! It is made with bread and homemade vegan chickpea sausage meat. It’s hearty, moist and flavorful on the inside, and perfectly crisp on the outside – just like any good Thanksgiving stuffing should be.

vegan stuffing in a white casserole dish

Comforting, flavorful, loaded with veggies and studded with nutrient-rich chickpeas. This is a vegan stuffing recipe that is wholesome and satisfying. A simple vegan side dish that is perfect for holiday gatherings.

This would be the perfect side dish to serve alongside my Vegan Thanksgiving Roast Or my Lentil quinoa meatloaf  or Nut Roast , along with some vegan gravy and mashed potatoes. 

vegan stuffing in a white casserole dish with a spoon

And for Thanksgiving dessert

Easy Vegan Stuffing With Sausage Crumbles

This Vegan Stuffing is made with chickpea sausage crumbles and is hearty, wholesome, and packed with flavor! Serve it for your vegan Thanksgiving Dinner.

Prep Time35 mins

Cook Time45 mins

Total Time1 hr 20 mins

Course: Side

Cuisine: American

Keyword: vegan chickpea stuffing, vegan stuffing recipe

Servings: 12

Calories: 468kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

  • 7-8 cups (1600 g) cubed bread I used a mix of 1 french baguette and cubed whole grain bread

For the chickpea sausage:

  • 1/4 cup (30 g) walnuts or use sunflower seeds for nut-free
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper flakes
  • 15 ounce (425 g) can of chickpeas drained or 1 1/4 cup cooked
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon lemon juice

For the rest of the stuffing:

  • 1 tablespoon oil or vegan butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups (590 ml) vegetable broth

Instructions

  • Toast the bread- Cube up your bread and spread on a large baking sheet.

  • Put the baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F (180 c) to bake until the bread is dried and is toasty. The bread should just start to get crisp and golden about 12-15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile make the chickpea sausage: Add the walnuts and all of the spices to a food processor. Pulse until the walnuts and fennel seeds break down and walnuts are coarse mixture.

  • Then add in your chickpeas and lemon juice and pulse again until most of the chickpeas are broken into a coarse mix and set aside.

  • In a pan, heat up 1 tsp butter. Add in the chickpea sausage mixture and cook to crisp up some of the portions of the mixture should start getting golden about 3-5 minutes. Then remove from the pan and set aside.

  • Add 2 tsp oil or butter, then add in the onion and celery and half of the salt and mix. Cook uncovered for 4-5 minutes then cover partially and cook until the onion is soft and golden. It will take 6-8 minutes.

  • Assemble the stuffing: Grease a large 9×11 inch baking dish or similar size baking dish. Add your onion celery mixture, the chickpea sausage mixture. Add in the baked bread. Add in the salt, pepper, and sage and rosemary and toss well.

  • Heat up your broth until it’s about warm hot and pour it in batches. I pour about 1/2-3/4 cup and mix it in, so that just one portion of the bread doesn’t get all soggy. Continue to mix it in until the mix is evenly moist. Depending on your bread, you might need up to 2.5 cups of broth.

  • Also, it depends on your preference whether you like your stuffing more moist, you can add another 1/4-1/2 cup broth.

  • Cover the baking dish with foil and then put it in the oven. Bake for 35-40 minutes then remove the foil and continue to bake for another 5-10 minutes or until crisp on top to preference.

  • You can also brush some butter on top if you like the stuffing to get extra crisp and golden, and then broil it for a minute or two.Remove the stuffing from the oven. Let it rest for 5 minutes and then serve.

Notes

  • Stuffing may be refrigerated for up to three or four days, or frozen for longer .
  • If you’re not a fan of chickpeas, you can try and use white beans instead
  • sunflower seeds would be a great substitution for walnuts
  • Can be made gluten-free by using gluten-free bread

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Easy Vegan Stuffing With Sausage Crumbles

Amount Per Serving

Calories 468
Calories from Fat 72

% Daily Value*

Fat 8g12%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Sodium 675mg29%

Potassium 441mg13%

Carbohydrates 81g27%

Fiber 9g38%

Sugar 11g12%

Protein 18g36%

Vitamin A 136IU3%

Vitamin C 3mg4%

Calcium 228mg23%

Iron 6mg33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients for Vegan Stuffing:

  • cubed bread – the best bread to use for stuffing is the kind that has a neutral flavor, and tight crumb. Good choices would be vegan white bread, vegan challah or vegan baguette or Italian bread
  • the vegan sausage meat is made by processing  chickpeas and walnuts to form a crumbly sausage-like texture
  • for flavoring the sausage, I like to add a blend of fennel seeds, oregano, thyme,  basil, garlic and powder, smoked paprika
    and black and red pepper
  • lemon juice is added for freshness
  • just like with traditional stuffing, I like to add some chopped onions and celery sauteed in vegan butter or oil to the stuffing
  • ground sage and dried rosemary are my favorite herbs to add to vegan sausage
  •  vegetable broth is added to moisten the  bread cubes

ingredients for making vegan chickpea sausage for stuffing recipe

ingredients for vegan stuffing on a marble counter

Tips & Substitutions:

  • Stuffing may be refrigerated for up to three or four days, or frozen for longer storage.
  • If you’re not a fan of chickpeas, you can try and use white beans instead
  • sunflower seeds would be a great substitution for walnuts
  • can be made gluten-free by using gluten-free bread

How to make Vegan Stuffing:

Cube up your bread and spread on a large baking sheet

vegan bread cubes on a lined baking sheet

Put the baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F (180 c) to bake until the bread is dried and is toasty. The bread should just start to get crisp and golden about 12-15 minutes.

bread cubes toasting on a baking sheet

Meanwhile, make your chickpea sausage: Add the walnuts and all of the spices to a food processor. Pulse until the walnuts and fennel seeds break down and walnuts are coarse mixture.

vegan stuffing ingredients in a small food processor

vegan stuffing in a small food processor

Then add in your chickpeas and lemon juice and pulse again until most of the chickpeas are broken into a coarse mix and set aside.

chickpeas being added to a food processor to make vegan stuffing

vegan chickpea sausage mixture in a food processor

In a pan, heat up 2 tsp butter then add in the onion and celery and half of the salt and mix.

vegan stuffing in a black sauteeing pan

Cook uncovered for 4-5 minutes then cover and cook until the onion is soft and golden. It will take 6-8 minutes.

vegan chickpea stuffing in a sauteeing pan

Cook uncovered for 4-5 minutes then cover and cook until the onion is soft and golden. It will take 6-8 minutes.

Remove the onion and celery from the pan then add in another teaspoon of butter. Add in the chickpea sausage mixture and cook to crisp up some of the portions of the mixture should start getting golden about 3-5 minutes. Then remove from the pan and set aside.

vegan stuffing being tossed in a white casserole dish

In a large 9×11 inch baking dish or similar size baking dish, grease the baking dish. Add your onion celery mixture, the chickpea sausage mixture. Now add in the baked bread. Add in the leftover salt, pepper, and sage, and rosemary and toss well.

vegan stuffing in a white casserole dish

Heat up your broth until it’s about warm hot and pour it in batches. I pour about 1/2-3/4 cup and mix it in so that just one portion of the bread doesn’t get all soggy. Continue to mix it in until the mix is evenly moist. Depending on your bread, you might need up to 2.5 cups of broth.

Also, it depends on your preference whether you like your stuffing more moist, you can add another 1/4-1/2 cup broth.

Vegan Stuffing with chickpea sausage in a white casserole dish

Cover the baking dish with foil and then put it in the oven. Bake for 35-40 minutes then remove the foil and continue to bake for another 5-10 minutes or until crisp on top to preference.

You can also brush some butter on top if you like the stuffing to get extra crisp and golden, and then broil it for a minute or two.

Remove the stuffing from the oven. Let it rest for 5 minutes and then serve.

 

 



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