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Easy vegetarian cornbread stuffing is the perfect make-ahead side dish to serve this Thanksgiving. So flavourful, moist and soft, yet crispy golden on top. |

Vegetarian Cornbread Stuffing

  • Author: Sam | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6-8 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Easy vegetarian cornbread stuffing is the perfect make-ahead side dish to serve this Thanksgiving. So flavourful, moist and soft, yet crispy golden on top.


  • 4 cups cornbread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlicminced
  • 1 cup celery, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups cauliflower, cut into 2-inch florets
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thymefinely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 egg, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Evenly arrange cubed cornbread onto a large sheet pan. Transfer into the oven while the oven is preheating and keep it in the oven for a total of 20 minutes. This helps the cornbread dry out and become crunchy. If your cornbread has already been dried out, then skip this step.
  3. Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat for 2 minutes until the oil is hot and starts to sizzle and shimmer. Add onions and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Add celery and cauliflower and sauté for 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. Season with thyme, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine.
  5. Remove the skillet and allow the vegetable mixture to cool down to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
  6. Add in beaten egg, vegetable broth, and dried cranberries and stir to combine. Add toasted cornbread and gently fold it in with a spatula.
  7. Transfer the skillet into the oven and bake for 25 minutes until the cornbread becomes golden brown. Alternatively, you can transfer everything onto a large casserole dish or sheet pan and bake.


Equipment used: cast-iron skillet and large baking sheet pan.

How to customize: You can easily customize this stuffing with other ingredients. Some of my favourites to add are pecans, walnuts, apples or pears. It is also very popular to add in some sliced sausage.

How to toast cornbread: It is a key step that the cornbread you use is toasted or dried out. Otherwise, you will end up with stuffing that is extra soggy. You can easily toast the cornbread in the oven while it is preheating, or you can let it dry out on the counter overnight.

How to make stuffing in advance:

  • You can prepare the cornbread several days in advance. Toast the cornbread in the oven or let it dry out overnight at room temperature.
  • You can prepare the stuffing up to a day in advance. Prepare it up until the point where you add the cornbread. Do not add in the cornbread. Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to one day in advance. When ready to bake, place the stuffing on the counter and allow it to come to room temperature. Then, gently fold in the toasted cornbread and bake according to recipe instructions.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes (+10 minutes cooling time)
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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