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thanksgiving stuffing

Best Stuffing Ever

This is a recipe I have been using for years. Perfect to eat plain or to stuff your turkey.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 708 kcal


  • 1 large loaf organic sour dough bread cubed & set out to dry overnight.  1 large loaf yields 9 cups loosely packed cubes
  • 3/4 cup green lentils cooked, salted & peppered
  • 3 tbsp unrefined coconut oil or vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 3/4 cup celery diced
  • salt, pepper & sage to taste
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 cups vegetable broth or turkey broth add 1/2 cup more if necessary
  • 2 whisked eggs or vegan egg substitute
  • 1/2 lb sautéed organic extra spicy pork sausage optional - but recommended


  • The night before, cube your bread and set it in a large bowl to dry out – you want it to be the texture of day-old bread – noticeably dry but not rock hard.
  • The day of, if you haven’t already cooked your lentils, do so now by thoroughly rinsing 3/4 cup lentils in cold water, then adding to a small saucepan with 1 1/2 cups veggie broth or water (amount as original recipe is written adjust if altering batch size).
  • Cook over medium-high heat until a low boil is achieved, and then lower to a simmer and continue cooking uncovered for 20-30 minutes. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and line a 9×13 pan (adjust if altering batch size) with parchment paper.
  • Sauté onion, celery (and pork sausage) in the coconut oil and season with a bit of salt and pepper and sage. Cook until fragrant and translucent – about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • To the bowl of bread, pour most of the broth then add the remaining ingredients (sauté sage, eggs and lentils) and mix with a wooden spoon. The key is to make sure it is about the consistency of a meatloaf. If it’s too dry, add more broth and mix again. If it’s gotten too wet, add more bread.  DO NOT OVER MIX.
  • Transfer to the prepared pan and cover with Glass cover or aluminum foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Then remove the foil or lid so the top can brown. Increase heat to 400 degrees F (204 C) and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the top is well browned and crisp.
  • Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving. Leftovers reheat well in the microwave or oven, though best when fresh.  You can also use this recipe to stuff a turkey!
Keyword Dressing, Stuffing, Thanksgiving
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