Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout, and Bread Stuffing with Apples

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Author Notes: The first time I served this stuffing to my (omnivore) family, they were so enchanted that they didn't even know it was vegan. I've made a few tweaks over time, but the core of the recipe--a savory mix of winter squash, brussels sprouts, and good bread--has remained. Gena Hamshaw

Serves 6

  • 1 pound butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1 medium gala apple, cut into a 1/2 inch dice
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided into 2 tbsp and 1 tbsp
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 10 slices bread of choice: crusty sourdough, dry cornbread, whole grain, or, if you are gluten free, millet bread from Food For Life will work nicely. Prior to preparing the recipe, leave bread out for a day to become slightly dry, then cut into cubes.
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth (plus extra as needed)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup pecans or walnuts
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Toss the squash, brussels sprouts, apples, and shallots in 2 tbsp oil and season well with salt and pepper. Roast till vegetables are very tender (I actually like my sprouts a bit singed) and remove from oven. Reduce oven heat to 350.
  2. Heat other tbsp oil in a large pot. Sautee the onion and celery till translucent (about 5-8 min). Add the bread cubes and allow them to get golden brown with the veggies in the oil. Add a dash of salt and pepper.
  3. Add the roasted vegetables, vegetable broth, cranberries, pecans, and seasonings. Stir the mix till the broth has almost entirely absorbed in the toasted bread. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Serve hot. And delicious.
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8 months ago Thao

I made this for a pre-Thanksgiving celebration and it turned out deliciously. My friend who does not like brussels sprouts had a second helping. And his girlfriend bugged me for the recipe for days until I e-mailed her the link. I picked up butternut squash from the farmer's market this weekend because I couldn't pass up the opportunity to make this again :) Guess what's for dinner tonight!?

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10 months ago kerstin

i love this stuffing!!! it has become a staple for every family gathering. even the carnivores in my family love it

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10 months ago DaniMama

Fantastic! Only stuffing I've ever liked. Omitted the cranberries and the nuts. Used very crusty sourdough baguette. Will definitely be making this again and again!!

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11 months ago shari

this recipes sounds incredible and i am planning to make it for xmas eve. what does everyone think about swapping out the bread for quinoa? and if so, how much quinoa do you think i should use?

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11 months ago Rachel Kline

Does anyone know if this can be made and reheated in a crockpot? Trying to make it for a holiday work potluck and there isn't an oven....

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11 months ago Wouter

This is a great stuffing. The combination of roasted vegetables is great. Best stuffing I have had in ages, and will make this a turkey day standard.

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11 months ago Anna Zell

This was my favorite dish! I used the recommended gluten-free bread (only 6 slices), dried it for 2 days as it's usually pretty moist. Followed the rest of the recipe exactly except subbed turkey broth for the veg.

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11 months ago Gail Formosa

I made it today,I like it but I was wondering how sweet potatoes would taste also as a sub for the butternut squash

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11 months ago LizzyD77

This turned out brilliantly! I made it for Thanksgiving, and all of my guests were amazed. They truly could not stop talking about how good it was. Thank you!

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11 months ago Dianecpa

Perfect make ahead dish!

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11 months ago AnM

I added yellow beets and they cooked through with everything else. Just cut them up smaller than other root veggies. You can definitely get away with cooking it the night before and reheating.

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11 months ago silverspringcat

I added cubed baby turnips and next time will use corn bread and brown separately in pan and this was out of this world delicious! It was my main dish for Thanksgiving

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11 months ago Kay Cee

We had an early thanksgiving dinner this week and to save time making this dish I skipped the roasting and just put all ingredients into a casserole. >>> DO NOT SKIP ROASTING<<<< The flavor was totally missing and bland. Leftovers are now being put into a shallow pan and roasted before eating them....Won't make that mistake again!

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9 days ago lifeatthecircle

So good to know! I would have totally done this. Thanks for sharing!

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11 months ago laurie

What size dish do you cook this in? 9x13? 8x8?

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11 months ago Gail Dyer

Laurie - I used my 9x13 inch dish. I think an 8x8 would perhaps be too small. Enjoy.

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11 months ago Bridget

I'm wondering if I could get away with making this 24-20 hours before eating and then reheat before serving. Any suggestions? Thoughts? New to the vegan community and cooking in general!

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11 months ago AntoniaJames

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This was identified as a make-ahead dish. I, for one, am skeptical about roasting Brussels sprouts that far in advance, as in my experience, they lose a lot of their appeal over time. They don't actually lose their luster, in my opinion. I find them rather unpleasant. That said, I'm preparing all of the other ingredients ahead of time (I already have, except for most of the bread), and plan to roast the Brussels sprouts separately at high heat -- or actually, I'm more likely to pan roast, using the "Stuck Brussels Sprouts" recipe (though I'll brine instead of blanch, as noted in that recipe -- prior to putting the whole thing together and roasting on Thanksgiving morning. I'll undercook the Brussels sprouts because I know they'll cook further in the oven in the casserole. To my mind, there are few things more unpleasant than overcooked Brussels sprouts.

I'd be interested in the experiences of others who've made this, as to whether any have made it well in advance. It would be helpful if the Food52 test kitchen would weigh in on their actual experience in making this ahead.

I tend to be somewhat particular about certain things, and roasted veggies like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, etc. just don't appeal to me after they've been out of the oven for more than a few hours! ;o)

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11 months ago Kay Cee

Bridget, Yes, you can make it a day or two before, and just like so many other dishes it will even taste better !

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11 months ago Elise Jordana

This came out delicious -- substituted homemade polenta for the cornbread to keep it gluten-free :)

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12 months ago realfoods

I made this stuffing for Thanksgiving last year and it was a MAJOR hit with the whole family. Since then, I've made it two other times, and plan to make it again for both of my Thanksgiving meals this year. A+ recipe.

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12 months ago amielp

I have two vegan daughters and we made this during a Sunday afternoon "cooking lesson" and it was a big hit. Prior comment about non-vegan bread isn't quite right. Plenty of bread sold has no dairy. I bought a crusty loaf that I could slice myself since regular sliced bread has a hard time standing up to the liquid. Leaving overnight is a big help. But unless you have an enormous pan I don't see how you can brown the bread with the onions and celery. Just not enough space in the pan for 10 slices of bread :) Going to try to brown in a separate skillet next time. Also cooking veggies till done is a bit vague. Make sure brussel sprouts are cut side down and we cooked for about 25 mintues. as I'm reading I just saw that the oven was to be reduced to 350! we didn't but that helped the bread become less soggy. I can't fault the taste because it was terrific but fresh sage, thyme and rosemary is a bit of a headache. I might try some dried spices next time since I paid for fresh herbs which I'm sure will get tossed. This would make a great Thanksgiving side dish. Thanks for the recipe!

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11 months ago ChefM

Lots of stores carry a thanksgiving or turkey blend of fresh herbs which usually have sage, rosemary and parsley in the package and often thyme as well. So, for this recipe you might need to buy only one package of fresh herbs if you can find the turkey blend package.

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7 months ago amielp

good idea chefM thanks

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12 months ago ChefJune

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Dear me, this would make a fabulous vegetarian entree for Thanksgiving!

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12 months ago Sklyon

Can this go in a turkey?

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12 months ago Donna

I love all of these ingredients; they are some of my favorite foods! I really look forward to trying this recipe. It seems like a great component to a wonderful Autumn-y, comfort food feast!!!

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12 months ago Artur Hardtohandle

Nice recipe.
Do you serve it a starter or the main dish ?
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12 months ago MaineRed

I added mushrooms and doubled the herbs. Also, the measurement for the bread is vague: just make sure you have the same amount of bread as you do other ingredients and cut everything to be the same size. Also, using butter makes it way better :)

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12 months ago AntoniaJames

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Thanks, MaineRed for the tips! I like these modifications. ;o)

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12 months ago AntoniaJames

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This looks so tasty. Wow. ;o)

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12 months ago Kay Cee

Used fennel bulb instead of celery, oatmeal instead of any bread. Was fantastic, each bite had a different complimentary flavor.... I can't wait to try the leftovers tomorrow night This will be added to my holiday meals from now on!

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11 months ago Bree

How much oatmeal did you use? I like that idea :)

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11 months ago Kay Cee

not much the first time, just a 1/4 cup to see if it worked, the second time I did a full cup. Am going to try some other grains next time

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about 1 year ago laurah

How is this raw vegan when you heat the oven to 300 degrees?

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about 1 year ago Jamie

Do you think this can be prepared in advance and then baked right before serving? I'm thinking of going through steps 1 and 2 the night before, then traveling with it and doing step 3 right before serving. Thanks, looks delicious!

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12 months ago JadeTree

I have the same question! I figured I would do exactly as you suggest - I might let the vegetable sit out a bit to get some chill off before I mix with the bread and broth before baking.

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12 months ago AntoniaJames

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You should ask the Hotline this question. I'd worry that the Brussels sprouts would not hold up well. They tend to get a bit sad as time passes. I love the recipe, though! ;o)

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11 months ago SuzChef

I did step 2 in the morning, then steps 1 and 3 right before dinner.. it was divine!

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11 months ago AntoniaJames

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That's what I'm planning to do, except that I pre-roasted the squash and apple last night. Seeing that it only needs to be roasted for 20 minutes, I'll get it to room temperature and then pop it into the oven right before we eat (after pan-roasting the Brusslies). Thanks for weighing in, SuzChef! ;o)

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about 1 year ago Christina

Great vegetarian recipe, but unless you're using vegan bread, the recipe isn't vegan. Most bread isn't vegan.

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12 months ago AntoniaJames

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Artisanal breads are typically made with flour, water, salt and yeast, and sometimes a bit of olive oil. It shouldn't be too hard to get something that works for this. ;o)

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almost 2 years ago C'estVrai61

Finally! A stuffing my best cooking and eating friend and I can agree on. We've been "at it" on this topic for 15+ holidays! Wish we had known of you years ago. Thanks SO much. Can't wait to make this one!!

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almost 2 years ago Whats4Dinner

I'm doing a trial run of vegan sides this weekend, this included. This will be my first Thanksgiving as a vegan and of course we have omnivorous guests coming, so I'll make the spatchcocked turkey and vegan sides :-)

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almost 2 years ago susan g

I could eat that all the time, anytime.

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almost 2 years ago Muse

What a fabulous alternative to meat-laden stuffing...Bravo!