|Cauliflower Apple, Sage & Pecan Dressing|
Typically, we enjoy my mom's classic, amazing stuffing recipe at Thanksgiving. Stuffing is characterized by its base of stale, crusty bread, which transforms when baked with stock and sausage. This year, we found out that my cousin and her boyfriend are joining us for the meal, and they happen to be vegan. My brothers wouldn't abide by a removal of mom's stuffing from the menu, so we needed an alternative.
I wouldn't abide by competing with anything mom makes, so I opted to go in the 'dressing' direction. Dressing tends to have a cornbread base, and it is more of a pudding consistency that stuffing. It dawned on me that if cauliflower can mimic rice in various form, it might mimic cornbread dressing.
I set about recreating the flavors of a traditional Thanksgiving dressing—sage, pecans, rosemary, apple—using plant-based ingredients only, with cauliflower as the substantiating star. To bind everything together, I used a mixture of stock and cashews, which have a tendency to bake into a creamy, cheesy texture. The result?
Oh, em, gee.
This is better than any cornbread dressing I've ever tried, bar none! In addition, it is ludicrously healthy for a Thanksgiving (or anytime!) dish. Chock full of fiber and healthy fats and completely free of grains, dairy or sugar (none of which I completely disavow, mind you), this dressing is a truly nourishing dish. I cannot wait to serve this to my sweet cousin in just a few days, but I have a feeling to whole family will be digging in!
If you have any room left in your holiday meal planning for another dish, I implore you to give this a try. Please let me know if you do, and have a wonderful, long meal with loved ones.