Christmas! It’s less than a month away and is my absolutely favourite time of year for food! This year will be my forth year away from my family for Christmas since joining the Sea Shepherd crew, and before I never used to be fused about it. I think being away from home these last few years has made me miss it even more. I’m not religious at all, I just think it’s a nice time of year to celebrate your friends and family, eat some amazing food, sit in front of an open fire in your pajamas all day with it snowing or raining or frosted over outside! I miss it a lot, though we will certainly not be missing out on the huge roast dinner this year… even if it is 26°c outside!
This is a recipe that for me should be the main part of any roast dinner… even when I wasn’t vegan it was never a real roast dinner without the stuffing. It was my Mum who used to add the apricots, or bits of apple to stuffing mix and I loved it. So this recipe is to honor her.
- 3 large white onions
- 8 dried apricots
- 3 cups fresh bread crumbs
- 3 Tbsp dried sage
- ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp apple sauce
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- Place the apricots in water to soak for 10 minutes in warm water, while you prepare the rest of the stuffing ingredients.
- Boil a pan of water and place the peeled, whole onions in. Simmer to 8 minutes, then drain.
- Take 2 of the onions and chop finely in either a food processor, or by pulsing a hand held stick blender or blender and place in a large bowl. Finely chop the remaining onion and add to the bowl.
- Finely slice up the apricots and add to the bowl of onions along with the remaining ingredients.
- Mix everything together well and place in a lightly greased 8×8 inch baking pan or loaf tin, spreading evenly. You could also roll the stuffing into walnut sized balls and place in the baking pan.
- Bake in oven preheated to 200°c for 30-40 minutes until browned and crispy. Serve alongside a vegan Christmas dinner with all the works!