A Southern classic gets the vegan hospitality.
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In my house, we never have cornbread stuffing on Thanksgiving. We always have Italian bread stuffing. My mom thinks cornbread stuffing is too mushy, and as house chef, what she says goes. I agree that it is mushy when compared to a standard bread stuffing. When you think of it as a savory and delicious cornmeal pudding, it’s magic on a plate. So let’s get cookin’!
The first thing we need is, of course, cornbread. I haven’t really found a recipe for cornbread that I’m in love with, so I made two boxes of Jiffy Vegetarian Corn Muffin Mix (about 50¢ each at any grocery store) with flax egg and soy milk in a 13″x9″ baking pan. Once baked, I allowed it to cool, crumbled it up into roughly 3/4″ pieces, and bake again at 200ºF for 1-2 hours, or until completely dried.
Next, I sauteed a small-ish onion and about 3 stalks of celery, both finely diced, in a bit of canola until tender and and slightly golden. Once the heat is turned off, I stirred in a teaspoon of ground herbes de Provence.
The next thing you need is Vegan Egg. No, not flax, not applesauce, and definitely not mashed banana. I mean VeganEgg. It binds, it fluffs, and it flavors your stuffing. You could try it with pureed silken tofu, but I haven’t so I can’t recommend it. You need about 4 tablespoons whisked with a cup of ice-cold water until it’s roughly the consistency of mayonnaise.
Now mix all of these components together, along with three cups of double-strength vegetable stock. In my case, I used two tablespoons of my beloved reduced-sodium Better Than Bouillon dissolved in hot water. Once everything is mixed, it will look like a watery, gruel-like mess. This is what you want.
Pour the resulting cornmeal smoothie into a greased 8″x8″ baking dish. I like to “bake” mine at 375ºF on the broil setting for an hour, but if you can’t control the temperature of your broiler, simply bake yours in a metal pan, broiling it in the last five or so minutes.
And that’s all there is to it! It makes a gorgeous, savory, custard-y corn pudding texture. Just look at that crunchy brown edging.
It’s a bit time-consuming with all the pre-baking, sauteing, baking again, etc., but it’s technically very easy and totally worth it. So creamy, never mushy, always delicious.
I hope you’ll give this one a try, and please let me know what you think!
Cornbread Stuffing | Printable Version
Makes 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2-3 hours
2 boxes Jiffy Vegetarian Corn Muffin Mix
2 T ground flaxseed (in 6 T water)
1⅓ c unsweetened soy milk (or non-dairy milk of your choosing)
2 T canola oil
2-3 stalks celery, finely diced
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 t ground dried herbes de Provence
2 T reduced-sodium Better Than Bouillon Vegetable Base
¼ c Follow Your Heart VeganEgg
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine corn muffin mix, flax mixture, and soymilk in a large mixing bowl. Transfer to a greased 13”x9” baking dish and bake for 15-20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 200°F. Once cool enough to handle, crumble cornbread and continue to bake until completely dried, about 1-2 hours.
- In a medium sauté pan, heat canola oil over medium heat. Sauté onion and celery until tender and slightly golden. Turn off the heat and stir in dried herbs.
- Dissolve vegetable base into 3 cups of hot water and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk VeganEgg into 1 cup of ice-cold water until smooth.
- Preheat oven (or broiler, of possible) to 375°F. Combine dried cornbread, sautéed vegetable mix, bouillon, and vegan egg. Pour into a greased 8”x8” baking dish. Bake or broil for 1 hour.