It has gotten a bit more challenging, in recent years, though, trying to find food that will appeal to my omnivores that will still allow me to remain true to my vegan lifestyle. Sides are pretty easy to veganize, but what in the world can you serve for a vegan main dish that still feels like Thanksgiving?
Last year, I made a layered pie that went over very well. I simply lined a pie plate with a crust, piled in a layer of yummy vegan stuffing, layer of diced tofurkey, a layer of mixed veggies for color, and topped it off with creamy mashed potatoes before covering it with another pie crust. Served with a wonderful vegan gravy, it made even some of the omnivores oh and ah!
This year, I was invited to review Mrs. Cubbison’s Classic Dressing and Mrs. Cubbison’s Cornbread Stuffing and wanted to do something just a bit different with it. I think I’ve hit upon a winner. I’m not great at writing a recipe, so please bear with me!
I found some cute little softball sized pumpkins at the local farmer’s market and they became my inspiration! After removing their tops and cleaning out the seeds and goo, I parboiled them for about 15 minutes in salted water and then allowed them to drain while I prepared my stuffing.
I cooked a pound of a vegan faux sausage, 2 cups of onion and 2 cups of celery, diced, in 1 cup of buttery spread until the sausage was done and the onion and celery were translucent. I mixed them with one box of Mrs Cubbison’s Classic Dressing AND one box of Mrs. Cubbison’s Cornbread Stuffing and moistened it with about 3 1/2 cups of vegetable broth.
For each little pumpkin I mixed about 1 cup of my prepared stuffing, a small handful of dried cranberries and about 3/4 of a cup of diced tofurky, piled it all into the pumpkin, and popped them into a 325 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Viola! A wonderful vegan main dish.
I had quite a bit of prepared stuffing leftover, so simply put it in a greased casserole dish and baked it at the same time my pumpkins were in the oven. It came out perfectly.
I was quite impressed by the Mrs Cubbinson’s Dressing/Stuffing. Had you told me that pre-seasoned mixes could be this good, I simply wouldn’t have believed it. I’m a believer now, though, and I loved how it simplified my dinner preparation. According the the Thanksgiving Across America Survey, stuffing is the 2nd favorite food for Thanksgiving but I think we’ll probably have homemade stuffing quite a bit more often now thanks to Mrs. C’s!
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