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Challah Stuffing Recipe

Mari Levine



These days, there’s a good chance that your Thanksgivukkah celebration is going to include someone who wants the stuffing but not the bird. (And that’s just fine with me—that just means more for us meat-eaters!) This vegetarian-friendly recipe gets its meatiness from mushrooms instead of turkey. And while most versions require an overnight staling of the bread, I’ve found you can do the same thing in about 45 minutes in a warm oven.

Ingredients for 10 servings

  • 10 cups challah, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 7 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 10-ounce packages button mushrooms, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. oil, divided
  • 2 Gala apples, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 tsp. thyme, minced
  • 2 tsp. sage, minced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth


1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Spread challah cubes onto two sheet pans in one layer. Toast, stirring every 10 minutes, until bread has “staled,” about 45 minutes. Set aside. Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees.

2. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and celery and cook until starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to medium bowl and set aside.

3. In same skillet, heat 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl with vegetables.

4. Add challah and apples. Stir in broth, thyme and sage. Mix to combine.

5. Butter or grease 13×9 baking dish. Transfer stuffing to pan and bake until top is brown and crisped, 45 minutes to an hour.

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Mari Levine

Mari Levine is a freelance food writer and an editor for America’s Test Kitchen, where she combines her journalism and culinary degrees from Brandeis University and Johnson & Wales, respectively, with her restaurant and lifelong eating experience. When she’s not working hoisin sauce into everything she eats or binging on anything sandwiched between two slices of bread, she can be found on her bike, engrossed in a documentary, or playing sports that involve throwing and/or catching a ball (the latest: flag football).