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 Serves: Four to six people as a main dish or eight to ten as a side dish.

Four 12-ounce bags organic whole wheat cubed bread crumbs/croutons (can be seasoned or plain)
1-1/2 ounces seasoned vegetarian "sausage," or garlic tofu, crumbled or cut into small pieces
1 large apple, chopped
1 to 2 handfuls walnuts, chopped
1 cup currants, raisins or dried cranberries (or all!)
5 celery stalks, chopped fine
1 large red onion, chopped fine
1/2 large bulb garlic, chopped
1 cup (or to taste) shiitake mushrooms, chopped
3 cans vegetable broth, mushroom broth, and/or or apple juice (latter will provide sweet taste)
Black pepper and salt to taste

Mix the dry ingredients together in a very large bowl. Add liquid ingredients and seasoning. Stir/toss. (Add more liquid if mixture is too dry. Mixture should be totally moist, but firm.)

Turn into two olive-oil-greased large casserole dishes (about 10" x 13") and bake covered in 300-350° oven for 1-1/2 hours or in 350-450° oven for one hour. (Stuffing can also be baked wrapped in foil. We do not recommend cooking stuffing in a bird.)

We like the blend of tangy and sweet flavors in this combination of ingredients, but you can add anything to this stuffing that you like, that sounds good, or that your grandmother's recipe called for. The point here is that you can make a moist, delicious stuffing without all the butter or other fats. Some ideas for other ingredients include grated orange peel, fresh cranberries instead of dried, or different kinds of nuts. Since we have a vegetarian Thanksgiving and this stuffing is our main dish, we toss in finely diced hickory or savory baked tofu.

This also serves as an unusual snack or side dish year round. It's delicious warm or cold, travels well, reheats nicely and stores in fridge for nearly a week.

(*We recommend a fairly plain, high-quality dressing, bread crumbs or croutons. You can find them without added oils, sugar, or corn syrup at most food co-ops and health food stores as well as some groceries. I buy organically-produced brands.)

Note: Because it's healthier for the environment as well as for people, we use only organically produced cheeses (Organic Valley and Horizon are two national brands; check for your own local brands), organically grown produce, and packaged products with organically grown ingredients. See Food Brand Recommendations for brand suggestions.

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