I had so much fun creating my own twist on the classic thanksgiving stuffing, especially since this is the first time I’ve ever made stuffing before. Growing up in a Portuguese family we never had the traditional thanksgiving spread like gravy, cranberry sauce and of course stuffing. I was blown away by how delicious this Apple Chestnut Stuffing recipe turned out and I cannot wait for you all to make it for you and your families.
I feel like stuffing is the perfect addition to any holiday dinner especially if you’re having a vegan Thanksgiving because it encompasses all the typically spices and herbs of the turkey without actually eating one!
Now I have to give a HUGE shout out to my boyfriend’s mom aka my mother in law. She’s the lady who introduced me to the best stuffing ever so I of course had to pick her brain and gather all her knowledge on the subject.
Here are some of her words of wisdom:
-Add spices like celery salt and poultry seasoning along with your other herbs and salt and pepper.
-Coat the dry bread with the dry spices before pouring on the liquid so the bread is evenly spiced.
-Get your hands dirty and knead the bread so you can feel the texture of the bread and know if you need to add more liquid. If there’s liquid at the bottom of the bowl you’ve added too much.
-Shape your raw stuffing into a ball and wrap in foil before placing into the oven to bake. This helps mimic what happens in the turkey and will keep the inside moist and the outside crispy.
-Remove the foil top for the last 15 min to really get that “golden brown” crust.
I took her recommendations as well as my own crazy ideas and created this Apple Chestnut Stuffing Loaf. Terry (Mother In-Law) actually loved my idea about the loaf pan since it still keeps the center moist and keeps everything together.
This thanksgiving-stuffing recipe would drench in either miso or mushroom gravy! I really should have made both at the same thing.. I don’t know where my head was.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with your friends and family. Comment below telling me one thing your thankful for this year, I’d love to read your responses.
I’m grateful for the success of my YouTube channel and blog this year as well as all the relationships I’ve made through it like meeting Davida (The Healthy Maven), Lee (FitFoodieFinds), Candice (TheEdgyVeg), Jesse (Jesse Lane Wellness), and I know there’s many others 🙂