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Keto Thanksgiving Stuffing

Stuffing is a Thanksgiving day icon. This keto Thanksgiving stuffing uses cauliflower instead of the usual bread stuffing to create a tasty side dish!

Keto Thanksgiving Stuffing
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WHAT IS THANKSGIVING STUFFING?

Stuffing is a mixture, normally comprised of pieces of bread and spices. Traditionally, it is served as a side dish at Thanksgiving meals across the United States.

The mixture can be prepared both in its own container, as well as inside the cavity of the turkey (or Thanksgiving bird of choice). Cooking it inside the bird helps to keep the meat moist. It also helps to impart the flavors in the stuffing to the meat as well.

You can read about the difference between the two cooking methods below.

ARE STUFFING AND DRESSING THE SAME THING?

Welcome to one of the oldest cooking questions out there. Are stuffing and dressing the same?

The simple answer is… Yes. The more complicated answer depends on where you live, how it was labeled as you grew up, and what its use is for your meal.

The ingredients in stuffing and dressing are mostly the same. The main way it is differentiated is by what the mixture is actually used for and how (where) it is cooked.

If it is cooked inside the turkey, it is probable it is dubbed stuffing. However, if it is prepared on the stovetop or in the oven and not in the bird, it is called dressing.

Pop Sugar also points out that generally, Southerners refer to it as dressing either way.

Similarly, Northerners often refer to it as stuffing, regardless of how it is prepared. Interesting!

THANKSGIVING STUFFING INGREDIENTS

While we usually aim to keep our ingredient lists as simple as possible, this keto thanksgiving stuffing requires several “pieces and parts” to achieve a delicious taste.

You will need the following ingredients to make this recipe a reality.

  • 1 large head cauliflower, riced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 1 celery stalk, minced
  • *optional* 2 baby carrots, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 pinch pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 pinch fresh ground black pepper

After you have these ingredients, keep reading below for the cooking instructions!

Keto Thanksgiving Stuffing

WHY DOES THIS RECIPE INCLUDE CARROTS?

Unlike some, we do not subscribe to the idea that carrots are absolutely barred on a low-carb/keto diet.

Generally, we take a look at how many carbs the carrots would add to the overall recipe, then break it down into per serving.

In this case, the amount of carrot used would add a negligible amount of carbohydrate to the recipe.

Do you have to use the carrots in this recipe? Of course not. If you are looking to limit carb intake as much as possible, leaving them out is perfectly fine.

In fact, it is always a good idea to tweak each recipe (ours and others) for your personal low-carb/keto philosophy and daily carb intake.

Also, don’t forget that our recipes reflect net carbohydrate content and not total carbohydrate.

HOW TO MAKE KETO THANKSGIVING STUFFING

Making this keto Thanksgiving stuffing is a breeze. First, you’ll melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.

Then, add the onion, carrot (optional), and celery; cook these until they become soft.

Next, add cauliflower and mushrooms and season to taste with salt and pepper. Continue cooking for another ten to fifteen minutes.

Add the spices (parsley, rosemary, and sage) and stir until well combined.

Pour the chicken stock over mixture and cover with a lid. Leave covered until cauliflower is completely tender and chicken stock is absorbed.

Remove from heat and serve!

CAN I MAKE THIS STUFFING AHEAD OF TIME?

You can make this stuffing ahead of time. This is an especially good idea if you are planning to cook this along with several other dishes.

Do take a moment to read the information below regarding reheating and storing the stuffing.

As a personal recommendation, I wouldn’t plan on trying to make this more than a day in advance of serving.

While it will keep longer, it is better for the taste and freshness of the dish to be served sooner than later.

HOW LONG WILL THIS THANKSGIVING STUFFING LAST?

Since this keto stuffing is made with cauliflower, it won’t last quite as long as its breaded counterpart.

That being said, this stuffing will last up to four days if stored properly.

A good rule of thumb is to discard leftovers of any food after  4 – 5 days (sometimes sooner, depending on the ingredients involved).

Being cautious about the “lifespan” of leftovers will help keep you safe from any food-related illnesses!

Keto Thanksgiving Stuffing

CAN I ADD MEAT TO THE STUFFING?

The simple answer is… Of course! Adding meat to this keto Thanksgiving stuff is a great way to add flavor and extra fats. The type of meat you add is up to you. You can easily make this turkey, chicken, or sausage stuffing by adding those meats.

As several of our readers have pointed out, sausage (regular or hot) makes a great and delicious addition to stuffing!

HOW TO STORE THANKSGIVING STUFFING

This stuffing is best stored in air-tight, glass containers. Of course, refrigeration is a must.

If you are cooking this in a glass baking dish, storage and cleanup will be a breeze.

REHEATING KETO THANKSGIVING STUFFING

Reheating this stuffing is pretty easy. Below are a few ways you can easily reheat this Thanksgiving stuffing for maximum flavor and taste!

REHEATING IN THE MICROWAVE

You can easily reheat this stuffing in the microwave. Place it into a microwave safe dish and microwave for one minute. Stir, then check to see that the desired temperature has been reached.

If not, microwave at fifteen-second intervals until warm.

REHEATING IN THE OVEN

The best method for reheating this recipe is to use the oven. Ideally, reheat only the portion you intend to eat.

Preheat the oven to 350˚F, place the stuffing into an oven-safe container, and heat for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Check to see that the desired temperature has been reached. Heat the stuffing in two-minute intervals until warm, if more time is needed.

Keto Thanksgiving Stuffing

Keto Thanksgiving Stuffing

Keto Thanksgiving Stuffing

Yield: 6 servings
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Stuffing is a Thanksgiving day icon. This keto Thanksgiving stuffing uses cauliflower instead of the usual bread stuffing to create a tasty side dish!

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower, riced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 1 celery stalk, minced
  • 2 baby carrots, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 pinch pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 pinch fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat
  2. Add onion, carrot, and celery and cook until soft
  3. Add cauliflower and mushrooms and season to taste with salt and pepper
  4. Cook for another 10 - 15 minutes
  5. Add parsley, rosemary, and sage and stir until combined
  6. Pour chicken stock over mixture and cover with a lid
  7. Leave covered until cauliflower is totally tender and liquid is absorbed
  8. Remove from heat and serve!

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 servings
Amount Per ServingCalories 166 Total Fat 16g Carbohydrates 4g Protein 3g
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9 Comments

  1. Can this be made ahead of time.. or frozen

  2. What about adding some cooked sausage

  3. Sounds great! I would suggest putting it in a casserole and baking to make the top crusty and a bit crunchy…love stuffing, best part of Thanksgiving!

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