I've never actually made stuffing myself, so I decided to test out two different store-bought brands and see which one was the best! In today's battle of the Store Bought Stuffing, we have Trader Joes vs. Whole Foods. (To be honest, I also wanted to try the undisputed heavy weight of the Stuffing world- Stove Top, but all non-chicken-flavored was sold out!)
Let's get to the battle!
Whole Foods 365 Organic Multigrain Stuffing
I've never had a crumbly stuffing like this, and the overall texture was a bit mushy. It kind of reminded me of mashed potatoes! However, the taste was incredible. I could have eaten the entire bag in one sitting!
Pros: Taste, super easy and quick to make, vegan
Cons: Not a fan of the texture
Trader Joe's Cornbread Stuffing Mix
This stuffing took a bit more time and effort to cook- melt some butter and water, add in the seasoning and pour it over the croutons. I decided to cook it in the oven to crisp it up, and it was ready in 35 minutes.
This had a great taste from the seasoning, but wasn't overly salty. I liked the crunch of some of the stuffing thanks to baking it, while other pieces were softer. It reminds me of a traditional, home-style stuffing!
Pros: Good taste and texture
Cons: Time consuming, not vegan (the seasoning packet had chicken broth in it..didn't notice until I had it home!)
Overall, I would have to pick the Whole Foods stuffing for the win. It had a great taste and is perfect for Turkey Day because it takes barely any work or time. Plain stuffing can seem boring, so if you're looking to upgrade a basic store-bought stuffing and make it seem more homemade, try some of these mix-ins! Just add before you pop it in the oven, or stir it in while it fluffs up.
Leeks- for a slightly more sophisticated onion taste
Carrots- for a crunch and extra flavor
Pears and walnuts- for a sweet taste that pairs (no pun intended) great with savory stuffing
Dried cranberries- for that winter touch
Celery- for that classic taste
And now on to the vegan gravy! I am a HUGE fan of gravy. I completely drown my entire Thanksgiving plate in gravy and would probably drink it if I could. I've also never made this before, but played around with a recipe and ended up with an amazing, flavorful vegan gravy that took barely any time. Enjoy!
Vegan Onion Gravy
¼ cup vegan butter
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried sage
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth (I used "better than bouillon" dissolved in water for extra flavor)
In a pan melt butter over medium heat.
Add onions and spices. Stir occasionally as onions soften and start to brown.
Whisk in flour and cook for 2 minutes.
Pour in broth and allow gravy to thicken.
Do you call it stuffing or dressing?
What's your favorite dish to cook for Thanksgiving?