I woke early this morning as I always do and felt almost “called” to make something for my neighbor–a retired fella who helps me out with guy things, e.g. changing lightbulbs in security fixtures atop a tall ladder–who had a tooth removed last week and still has a sensitive mouth. The package of stuffing in my pantry called out and these baked Stuffing Cakes were born.
They are seriously simple–as they start with the aforementioned dried stuffing mix–and seriously addicting. The stuffing mix I recommend is vegan and I had to read the back of every package to identify it, so save yourself some time by using it. Although, if you have another favorite brand you know is vegan, by all means, use it. I am always astonished at what manufacturers slip milk into.
Forming this as a cake allows for more exposed surface area and, hence, and more of that ever-so-slightly crispy exterior we all love. The amount of vegan butter may seem like a bit much, but I like this amount not only for flavor, but for aiding in a beautifully lightly browned surface.
Enjoy these cakes as a side or with something piled on top. Be imaginative…and please share your ideas.
They are best eaten as soon as they come out of the oven or reheated for just a few minutes in a 350 degree oven rather than in a microwave, though the latter will do in a pinch.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 to 2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 stalks celery, diced
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1- 8 ounce package Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Classic Stuffing
1 1/2 to 2 cups vegetable stock
2 tablespoons flax seed meal
4 tablespoons vegan butter, butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat (like Silpat) or parchment paper. Heat olive oil in a large (4-quart) saucepan over medium-high. Add onion, celery, and salt and saute, stirring frequently, for about 3 minutes. Add garlic and saute, stirring, for about 30 seconds. Stir in stuffing mix and herbs until well combined and then begin stirring in stock a little at a time. until a moist but firm consistency is achieved. Whisk flas seed into melted butter, drizzle over mixture, and stir to completely incorporate. Divide into 8 equal scoops on prepared baking sheet. Flatten each into a 3/4-inch disk and bake for about 15 minutes or until set and enticingly crispy on the exterior. Serve immediately.
November 21, 2016 at 5:32 pm
Loved this recipe! Thanks for putting it out there I made an open face vegan sandwich with them. I put the stuffing cakes on top of a grilled Ciabatta topped with mashed sweet potatoes and a mushroom gravy added cayenne candied pecan and a couple dried cranberries to the top. SO good!
November 21, 2016 at 8:52 pm
Woa–that sounds like a whole ‘lotta goodness in one sandwich! Thanks for sharing. Delighted that my recipe inspired you. Happy Holidays!
November 24, 2016 at 9:25 am
How much garlic is used?
November 24, 2016 at 2:20 pm
How much garlic!? Just started cooking, and realized garlic isn’t listed in the ingredient list.
November 28, 2016 at 7:45 pm
I am SO sorry I omitted the amount of garlic and didn’t see your message until I returned from my Thanksgiving trip. My sincere apologies. I hope you figured out that the amount of garlic isn’t critical, rather just to taste. A clove or two is usually right and I have ammended the recipe accordingly. Thank you so much for catching my omission and I hope your stuffing cakes were delish. Happy Holidays!
November 28, 2016 at 7:46 pm
Lindsey, as I told Amy, I am SO sorry I omitted the amount of garlic and didn’t see your message until I returned from my Thanksgiving trip. My sincere apologies. I hope you figured out that the amount of garlic isn’t critical, rather just to taste. A clove or two is usually right and I have ammended the recipe accordingly. Thank you so much for catching my omission and I hope your stuffing cakes were delish. Happy Holidays!
November 21, 2018 at 9:38 am
Hi Betsy! Can these be put together ahead of time and cooked the next day?
November 21, 2018 at 10:34 am
Hi there. I don’t know for sure, but I would think so. Let me know if it works, which I feel sure it will, and have a Happy Thanksgiving.