This Pecan, Fig and Pear Stuffing recipe has something for everyone! Figs and pears with crunchy pecans make it extra satisfying! An easy Thanksgiving vegetarian stuffing that’s perfect for a holiday crowd.
Looking for more stuffing recipes? Our absolute all time favorite is this easy sausage stuffing! We love our sausage stuffing recipe so much that we make it all year long, not just on Thanksgiving!
The Best Homemade Stuffing For The Vegetarians In Your Family
We made it! Day 5 of Stuffing Week is here and we wanted to end up with a homemade vegetarian stuffing recipe so there’s something here to please everyone. We used our base sausage stuffing recipe, made a few changes and came up with this completely delicious, vegetarian stuffing!
This vegetarian stuffing recipe has crunchy, toasted pecans, dried figs and sweet pears. Tossed together with toasted brioche bread…how can you go wrong with that combo.
Talking about all the stuffing recipes here this week have really making our mouths water for Thanksgiving dinner. Besides the big bird, you might be cooking a ham or a lasagna too.
Does your family do that? Just make a turkey or cook like three different main courses because one just isn’t enough? My family usually does a turkey and a baked ham, but some years it’s a turkey and a lasagna or some sort of pasta dish.
You know, some thing light on the side…
As you might know, we are absolutely a meat eating household. The more sausage I can cram into a recipe the better it is IMO. I know that might not be the best way to look at recipe creation but it’s the way I like it.
A Few More Easy Vegetarian Side Dish Recipes
We do have a few vegetarian recipes on the site here! And especially if you’re making a main course that’s meat or poultry, you might want to stick with a side dish that’s meat free.
- Stick of Butter Smashed Potatoes
- Roasted Brown Butter Artichokes
- Whiskey Glazed Baby Carrots and Brussels
- Roasted Beets & Sweets with Brown Butter Maple Glaze
What Other Ingredients Can I Put In Vegetarian Stuffing?
Back to this Pecan, Fig and Pear Vegetarian Stuffing though. You can make some adjustments to this recipe really easily. You can swap out the dried figs for dried cranberries or raisins. Swap out the pears for granny smith apples, or swap out the pecans for walnuts or almonds.
Just follow the base recipe instructions here and make it how you like it! Then place a few pieces of butter on top of the stuffing before it goes into the oven to bake.
Here’s why this vegetarian stuffing recipe works so well, the brioche is a sweeter bread that I totally love. So it goes really well together with the sweet dried figs and the sweet pears.
Now add on the crunchy, toasted pecans and celery so you have some texture going on and it’s a winner stuffing recipe if I ever had one.
Yes, I think this Pecan, Fig and Pear Vegetarian Stuffing would taste AWESOME with some crumbled sausage in there too. I HAD TO SAY IT. Because it really would. But I promise, if you’re looking for an easy vegetarian stuffing recipe this one is the winner.
Looking For More Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes?
- Spicy Sausage Cornbread Stuffing
- Classic Sausage Stuffing
- Hot Dog Bun Stuffing Recipe
- Waldorf Chicken Sausage Stuffing
Pecan, Fig and Pear Vegetarian Stuffing
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 55 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 10 servings 1x
Pecan, Fig and Pear Vegetarian Stuffing is an easy homemade recipe that has something for everyone! The best recipe to make for a Thanksgiving crowd!
- 24 ounces of sliced brioche bread, toasted and torn into pieces
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup diced pears
- 1 cup diced onions
- 1 cup diced celery
- 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
- 1/3 cup chopped parsley
- 1/2 cup dried figs, chopped
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 2 tablespoons of heavy cream
- 1 cup chopped pecans, plus more for garnish
- Extra butter for buttering the dish and for the top of the stuffing
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Add the butter to a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, onions and celery. Cook for 5 minutes until they have softened, then add the chopped pears.
- Cook for another 3-4 minutes, then add the poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, thyme and parsley. Stir in the dried figs, then pour in the vegetable broth.
- Bring to a simmer then cook for 15 minutes over low heat. Remove the skillet from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
- Place the brioche pieces into a large bowl and then pour the vegetable broth mixture on top, tossing gently to combine.
- Mix the beaten eggs together with the cream and add to the stuffing bowl, along with the chopped pecans and stir.
- Pour the stuffing into a buttered 9″ x 13″ casserole dish, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove the foil, add a few pieces of butter on top of the stuffing and bake another 10 minutes uncovered to crisp up the top of the dressing.
- Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and serve.
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: vegetarian stuffing, easy stuffing recipe, thanksgiving side dish, thanksgiving stuffing, homemade stuffing recipe, holiday recipe, holiday side dish, how to make stuffing
No mention of pecans in this Pecan, fig and pear stuffing. What quantity of pecans and halves or pieces???
1 cup, I updated the recipe card for you!
Can I make this in advance? If so, do you advise baking the day before and reheating?
You can definitely make this ahead of time! I would advise to refrigerate before baking, then bring to room temperature for 20 minutes and then bake per the directions.