Rustic Herbed Stuffing with Greens

by Dorothy Reinhold on November 22, 2015

Print This Post Print This Post A good loaf of day-old sourdough is the starter for this vegan Thanksgiving stuffing chock full of fresh green herbs and kale.

As we head into Thanksgiving time, may we all pause and be grateful for what we have.

That’s not a question, I mean it more as a statement. Take a moment, take a breath, take your time, and pause amid the meal-planning, housecleaning, pre-4-day-weekend work frenzy and Thanksgiving anticipation to simply give thanks for what you have.

You’ll know the best way to do that, for yourself.

For me, it will mean reflecting on all the family and relationships I have been lucky enough to have, including my mother, whose excellent cooking has ultimately inspired me, my husband and kids, who are enthusiastic diners at the table, and the rest of my family and in-law family, who are game to try anything I come up with.

Even more than the turkey, when I think back to Thanksgivings of my childhood, the dish I always looked forward to was the stuffing. Back then I didn’t even care about the mashed potatoes (can you imagine? My now-beloved spuds, rejected?)…just give me double the stuffing and call it a meal. I would even eat stuffing for breakfast the next morning. Cold.

So I’ve made many a stuffing myself, in my adult life, trying to tame the beast within. I’ve done it in the Crock-Pot, the oven, the bird. My most famous stuffing — Dorothy’s Southwest Stuffing — won 1st prize in a magazine contest a few years ago. The checker at my local market, who saw the article about it, now asks me every November, “Are you making your stuffing this year?”

These days, I’m partial to greens, so I like to chock my stuffing full of not only greens, but fresh green herbs. It’s almost like a salad met a loaf of bread and got married. The herbs really enliven it, and the greens provide not only a nutritious boost, but make it pretty.

A good loaf of day-old sourdough is the starter for this vegan Thanksgiving stuffing chock full of fresh green herbs and kale, on My mom approves. Add that to the gratitude list.

Let’s raise our glasses today to all that we have. Gallo Family Vineyards has two Pinots that work well with turkey and all the trimmings, and are both people-pleasing wines. Fill your glass, and join me in my father’s classic, to-the-point toast:

“Good bread, good meat, good God, let’s eat!”

Bread cubes drying overnight on

Bread cubes dry overnight.

Onions, celery and greens wilting in the skillet on

Kale joins the caramelized onions and celery in the skillet, to wilt.

Mix the stuffing in a big bowl on

It all goes together in a big bowl.

Rustic Herbed Stuffing with Greens

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Yield: Serves 10-12

A good loaf of day-old sourdough is the starter for this seductive stuffing chock full of fresh green herbs and greens.


  • 1 (1-pound) loaf sourdough bread
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut into a dice
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into a dice
  • 3 fat garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 (5- to 6-ounce) package cleaned kale or baby kale leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • Heaping 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
  • Heaping 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • Heaping 1/2 cup currants
  • 2 1/4-3 cups low-salt vegetable broth
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. A day or two before: Cut the bread into slices, and then cut those slices into small cubes. Arrange on two baking sheets and allow to dry on the counter, overnight (or two nights).
  2. The day of: When ready to make stuffing, heat oven to 400F degrees.
  3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. When hot, add onion and celery, and sauté, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes. The onion will begin to caramelize and get brown. Add garlic and sauté for another minute. Turn heat off and add greens, stirring and folding to combine with the onion-celery mixture. As you do this, the greens will wilt down slightly, which will make it easier to combine them into the stuffing in a later step. Take pan off the hot burner and set aside until you need it in a minute.
  4. In a very large mixing bowl, add the dry bread cubes, parsley, sage, thyme and currants. Mix to combine. Pour 2 cups broth over the bread mixture, and using your clean hands, mix and toss the bread until it is evenly moistened. Use additional broth if the bread is still absorbing liquid. You want the bread to be moist through and through, but not soggy. I usually allow the mixture to rest for 15 minutes to allow more even soaking so I can determine if it is wet enough throughout and not just wet on the outside. How much liquid your bread absorbs will also depend on how dry the cubes are, so your mileage will vary from others. For example, I left my bread out to dry for 2 days, and I used 2 1/2 cups broth.
  5. Taste it and see if it needs salt (it probably will if you used a very low-sodium broth; or might not if you used full-salt broth). Season with a pinch or two of kosher salt and 15-20 grinds of black pepper.
  6. Grease a 13- by 9-inch baking dish (or equivalent) with a bit more olive oil, and turn stuffing into the dish. Cover dish tightly with foil and bake about 40 minutes. If you like a bit of a crusty top, remove foil and bake another 15 or so minutes uncovered.
  7. Remove from oven. Serves 10-12.


Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

Rustic Herbed Stuffing with Greens recipe on

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly November 4, 2016 at 10:19 am

Love all the greens you added! It looks so fresh and delicious!


Twin Pickle November 4, 2016 at 9:29 am

This looks great!! Can’t wait for Thanksgiving!


Allie R. Taylor November 2, 2016 at 6:36 am

Gorgeous side Dorothy! I have a beautiful leather gratitude journal that I haven’t written in for at least a year. Time to dust it off and add some new entries. ‘Tis the season, and so much to be grateful for!


eat good 4 life November 29, 2015 at 7:39 am

The perfect combo. Love all those green in there!


Kristyn November 27, 2015 at 9:16 pm

This sounds so delicious! What a perfect addition to dinner!


Dorothy Reinhold December 1, 2015 at 6:15 am

It goes really well with roast beef, too.


TidyMom November 27, 2015 at 5:36 am

i love this twist on stuffing! I’ve never thought to add greens


Dorothy Reinhold November 27, 2015 at 6:49 am

Yep, I ALWAYS add greens! It makes it so much better, and stuffing is maybe my fave dish on the table!


Katerina @ Diethood November 26, 2015 at 7:26 am

I would love love love to take a spoon to that bowl! The stuffing sounds fantastic! Happy Thanksgiving!!!


Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox November 26, 2015 at 5:57 am

This looks amazing, I’d totally make it every single Sunday. 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold November 27, 2015 at 6:50 am

It really shouldn’t be confined to just Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch November 24, 2015 at 4:42 pm

I love the addition of greens! I could totally eat this as my main!


Dorothy Reinhold November 25, 2015 at 4:28 am

I have done that!


CosmoCornbread November 23, 2015 at 7:10 am

Mmmmmmm!!! This recipe makes me happy 🙂


Shaina November 23, 2015 at 5:07 am

LOVE this twist on classic stuffing. Great opportunity to get in more veggies!


Dorothy Reinhold November 23, 2015 at 3:58 pm

ALWAYS take every opportunity to jam some greens in dishes Shaina!


Cindys Recipes and Writings November 22, 2015 at 6:02 pm

I can make a meal out of good stuffing!


Dorothy Reinhold November 22, 2015 at 11:14 pm

Me too, Cindy, and be quite happy with it!


Cathy | She Paused 4 Thought November 22, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Looks like my kind of rustic dish. YUM!


Dorothy Reinhold November 22, 2015 at 11:15 pm

Thanks! You would love this.


Katie @ Recipe for Perfection November 22, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Like a salad met a loaf of bread and got married… classic! 🙂 Looks like a great idea for stuffing.


Dorothy Reinhold November 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm



Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips November 22, 2015 at 12:13 pm

I was the same about mashed potatoes and stuffing!


Dorothy Reinhold November 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm

We’re in a club!


Liz November 22, 2015 at 11:58 am

LOL, your dad had a good sense of humor. Stuffing was always my favorite, too, and yours looks wonderful with the addition of greens 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold November 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm

He was wry, that’s for sure.


Hezzi-D November 22, 2015 at 10:11 am

I love that you added greens and fresh herbs to your stuffing, great idea!


Dorothy Reinhold November 22, 2015 at 2:31 pm

It turns out to be a wonderful addition. Hope you try it some time!


Renee November 22, 2015 at 2:56 am

I’m usually partial to cornbread dressing but this is a stuffing I know I could really sink my teeth into. I love the addtion of the greens and herbs.


Dorothy Reinhold November 22, 2015 at 4:59 am

Thanks Renee!


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