Traditional stuffing recipes have always been a hallmark of American Thanksgiving meals. Full of savory herbs, crunchy vegetables and comforting breadcrumbs, stuffing adds a lot to jazz up the flavor of a turkey dinner. Most stuffing recipes make use of bread as a filler to soak up chicken broth and savory spices, so how could this recipe possibly be paleo?
Well, one option is to substitute carb for carb. Paleo stuffings can use delicious squash and root vegetables to replace wheat-laden bread. Cubed butternut squash, sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips, and more. These are all excellent alternatives to gluten.
Another option is to make use of paleo breadcrumbs. What? Does such a thing exist on this planet? Believe it or not, paleo breadcrumbs can be made, and with ease! They may not be super chewy without the gluten, but check out our paleo "cornbread" recipe as a healthy alternative that adds a lot of traditional flavor and texture to your stuffing.
For this delicious stuffing recipe, we decided to go with both options. We've substituted the breadcrumbs in the stuffing for colorful butternut squash, and we've used our paleo "cornbread" breadcrumbs as a toasted topping. It adds to both the beautiful flavor and presentation of this dish.
If you can chop vegetables and brown ground meat on a stove top, you can make this stuffing recipe. It's really quite simple. After you've prepped the ingredients, simply brown the meat, toss together, dump in a dish and bake! You can even make the paleo cornbread and prep the chopped vegetables several days in advance to give yourself some breathing room on Thanksgiving. Maybe enjoy a paleo-approved sulfite-free glass of vino?
Without further adieu, we give you...
Makes approximately 8 cups or one 9x13" pan.
Don't miss out on enjoying delicious stuffing this Thanksgiving. Make this recipe and you'll be full, satisfied, and STUFFED.