Blueberry Thanksgiving Stuffing

BLUEBERRY Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe! Traditional homemade vegetarian stuffing with sweet blueberries added in! This comes from a Grandma’s vintage cookbook so you know it’s going to be the best! It’s easy to make and you can make it ahead of time to freeze!

I’m back with another stuffing recipe!  So many of you have loved my Amish Potato Stuffing recipe so I decided to share with you another favorite, Blueberry Thanksgiving Stuffing!   Obviously it doesn’t need to be Thanksgiving to make this stuffing, but it is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish!

BLUEBERRY Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe! Traditional homemade vegetarian stuffing with sweet blueberries added in! This comes from a Grandma's vintage cookbook so you know it's going to be the best! It's easy to make and you can make it ahead of time to freeze!

Thanksgiving Side Dish

This is the perfect side stuffing to accompany a main meat, like chicken or turkey.    It’s also the perfect vegetarian side dish because it doesn’t involve any meat products or broths (it’s made with vegetable broth).

This is a vintage stuffing recipe that I have tweaked over the years to fit with our taste buds.  It originally appeared in a old cook book that my husband’s Grandmother gave me. The original recipe included a minced meat that even Google couldn’t tell me what it meant, so I decided to change the meat ingredient to pecans.

Pecans in a stuffing recipe is great because it adds a crunch! Everytime I serve this stuffing recipe, everyone wants to know what the crunch is because they love the small surprise.  And just to note, it’s not a overwhelming crunch, it’s subtle as the recipe only calls for 1/2 cup pecans.

BLUEBERRY Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe! Traditional homemade vegetarian stuffing with sweet blueberries added in! This comes from a Grandma's vintage cookbook so you know it's going to be the best! It's easy to make and you can make it ahead of time to freeze!

This recipe calls for 6 cups of stale bread.   You can use any type of bread you want, including just regular bagged bread, but I love using a cheap baguette that I get at the grocery store.  To make it stale, just keep it out on the counter for a few days.  If you don’t have enough time to make bread stale, here’s my trick I use (all the time!).

How to Make Stale Bread

How to Make Stale Bread

Stale bread is the best bread to use for stuffing, but sometimes  I don’t plan ahead accordingly.  To make stale bread is easy! Simply cut up your fresh bread into cubes and place on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until “stale”.   

The bread becomes stale, and hard, because the oven sucks the moisture out of the bread.  I love using this trick whenever I need stale bread!

How to Make Stale Bread In the Oven

Blueberry Stuffing Recipe

The vegetables in this stuffing are basic, yellow onions, carrots and celery.  Are you a fan of celery? I love it!   You’ll want to saute them in olive oil in a large pot for about 10 minutes.

BLUEBERRY Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe! Traditional homemade vegetarian stuffing with sweet blueberries added in! This comes from a Grandma's vintage cookbook so you know it's going to be the best! It's easy to make and you can make it ahead of time to freeze!

A tasty stuffing calls for good seasonings and this recipe has all the good stuff! You’ll need parsley, sage, white pepper and thyme.  I’ve become such a fan of white pepper over the years due to it’s taste and appearance!  Sometimes black pepper ruins the aesthetic of a dish, so try white pepper if you never have! 
BLUEBERRY Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe! Traditional homemade vegetarian stuffing with sweet blueberries added in! This comes from a Grandma's vintage cookbook so you know it's going to be the best! It's easy to make and you can make it ahead of time to freeze!

And now the star of this recipe… drum roll please! Come on, a bigger drum roll than that!  Thank you.

BLUEBERRIES!

You might not always associate stuffing with blueberries, but let me tell you,  they go together like “chocolate” and “cake” go together.  What I’m saying is that it’s a perfect combination!

The blueberries add a slight sweetness to the stuffing, that tastes great with the savory taste you’re accustomed to with stuffing.
Blueberry Thanksgiving Side Dish

After all your ingredients are done simmering, then fold in the blueberries gently, careful not to squash them.  BLUEBERRY Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe! Traditional homemade vegetarian stuffing with sweet blueberries added in! This comes from a Grandma's vintage cookbook so you know it's going to be the best! It's easy to make and you can make it ahead of time to freeze!

Add all your ingredients into a bake safe casserole dish.   You’ll want to bake it for 1 hour (covered with aluminum foil) and then 15 minutes more without the foil. If you want a crunchy top appearance, you can broil it for a couple minutes on low, but as always when broiling, keep a CLOSE EYE on it so it does not burn!BLUEBERRY Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe! Traditional homemade vegetarian stuffing with sweet blueberries added in! This comes from a Grandma's vintage cookbook so you know it's going to be the best! It's easy to make and you can make it ahead of time to freeze!

Once baked, the blueberries will melt down slightly, but they will still keep their blueberry appearance.   Seriously, isn’t this beautiful?  Have you ever seen a more pretty stuffing?
BLUEBERRY Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe! Traditional homemade vegetarian stuffing with sweet blueberries added in! This comes from a Grandma's vintage cookbook so you know it's going to be the best! It's easy to make and you can make it ahead of time to freeze!

Can you make stuffing ahead of time?

Absolutely!  I bake the stuffing as directed, and then I freeze it.  When the time comes that I need it, I will defrost it in the refrigerator over night and then bake it for about 20-30 minutes at 350.    If I’m freezing it, I will not broil it during the first baking session, but instead broil it on the day I’m serving it.  

BLUEBERRY Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe! Traditional homemade vegetarian stuffing with sweet blueberries added in! This comes from a Grandma's vintage cookbook so you know it's going to be the best! It's easy to make and you can make it ahead of time to freeze!

I hope you love this Blueberry Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe!

Looking for more stuffing recipes? Try my Amish Potato Stuffing and Cheesy Broccoli Stuffing!
Check out my favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes too! 

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BLUEBERRY Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe! Traditional homemade vegetarian stuffing with sweet blueberries added in! This comes from a Grandma's vintage cookbook so you know it's going to be the best! It's easy to make and you can make it ahead of time to freeze!

Blueberry Thanksgiving Stuffing

BLUEBERRY Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe! Traditional homemade vegetarian stuffing with sweet blueberries added in! This comes from a Grandma's vintage cookbook so you know it's going to be the best! It's easy to make and you can make it ahead of time to freeze!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 160 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup yellow onion diced
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 6 cups stale bread cubed
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 1/2 cup blueberries

Instructions

  1. In a large pot over medium high heat, saute onion, celery and carrots in olive oil for 10 minutes.  Add chopped pecans and vegetable broth and simmer for 30 minutes.

  2. Remove pot from heat and add bread and all spices.  Mix so bread and vegetables are completely covered in broth and spices.    Add blueberries and gently fold into the stuffing, careful not to squash them.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place stuffing in a casserole dish, and cover with aluminum foil.  Bake for 1 hour.   Remove foil and bake for additional 15 minutes.

  4. OPTIONAL: Turn oven to broil and broil on low for a couple minutes, until top of stuffing is crispy.  Watch it carefully so it does not burn!

Recipe Notes

How to Make Stale Bread

Stale bread is the best bread to use for stuffing, but sometimes  I don't plan ahead accordingly.  To make stale bread is easy! Simply cut up your fresh bread into cubes and place on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until "stale".   

The bread becomes stale, and hard, because the oven sucks the moisture out of the bread.  I love using this trick whenever I need stale bread!

 

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