This wild mushroom stuffing is the perfect side dish for a festive feast, made with a mix of fresh mushrooms, chopped pecans, fragrant herbs, sourdough bread cubes, garlic, and shallots.
It’s easy to make, too – if you follow my step-by-step process below and keep my top tips in mind. So, gather your equipment, don the apron, and let’s get cooking!
Why you’ll love this mushroom stuffing recipe
- It’s an enticing mix of flavors that gets the taste buds tingling!
- Very easy to make and easy to get hold of the ingredients
- You can use it to stuff your roast chicken or turkey, or as a sensational side
- It is easily stored for use at a later date.
- A great recipe for Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day
Equipment you’ll need
There are a few essential items you’ll need for this mushroom stuffing recipe.
- Large skillet – go for a heavy-bottomed cast iron skillet. You’ll notice the difference in quality when frying or sautéeing
- Large-rimmed baking sheet – this is a crucial piece of kit when it comes to roasting vegetables, baking, or making your own homemade stuffing
- Chef’s knife – a good quality chef’s knife is an essential item for any home cook’s kitchen. Make sure it’s sharp enough, as blunt knives can be dangerous to use
- Chopping board – a non-slip chopping board is a great item to invest in if you’re making and creating recipes regularly
- Kitchen scales – get those measurements spot on, and you’ll end up with perfect mushroom stuffing!
Use a combination of wild mushrooms and herbs for extra flavor and fragrance.
How to make mushroom stuffing
What to pair with mushroom stuffing
Serve with gravy
Mushroom stuffing pairs wonderfully with gravy. Consider serving it alongside a flavorful mushroom or herb gravy for a perfect combination.
You could also serve mushroom stuffing with a simple turkey gravy.
Serve with roasts
A whole roast turkey, whether for the big Christmas feast, Thanksgiving Day lunch, or a regular Sunday lunch, is the perfect main dish with mushroom stuffing.
Of course, it would work well with any roast. A spicy roast Indian leg of lamb would be fantastic, as would any roast joint of lamb.
You can’t go wrong with a delicious Pinot Noir!
Variations to this recipe
- You can use a variety of mushrooms for this recipe, such as cremini, shiitake, button mushrooms, or any other wild mushrooms you prefer. Using a mix of different mushrooms will add depth of flavor to your stuffing.
- Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices to suit your taste. Sage, rosemary, or marjoram can be lovely additions.
- To make this stuffing vegetarian or vegan, use vegetable or mushroom broth instead of chicken broth, and make sure the bread and other ingredients are vegan-friendly.
- Feel free to adjust the seasonings to your taste. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for heat or a dash of nutmeg for extra warmth.
- For extra richness, add parmesan cheese. If you’re making this wild mushroom stuffing with a roast, you could even add pan drippings to elevate the flavor.
Popular substitutions for this stuffing recipe
- Dried porcini mushrooms add an intense mushroom flavor to the stuffing. You can use dried shiitake mushrooms or omit them if you can’t find them. However, they do enhance the overall mushroom flavor.
- Need help finding sourdough? Use rustic French bread instead. You can also use stale white cubed bread for this mushroom stuffing recipe.
Ensure that your sourdough cornbread is stale before using it in the recipe. Stale bread soaks up the flavors and moisture better, resulting in a better-textured stuffing.
What is mushroom stuffing?
It’s one of the best stuffing recipes out there! It’s divine! Mushroom stuffing is made using a delicious mix of simple ingredients, including pecans, shallots, garlic, parsley, thyme, and stale sourdough for that essential breadcrumb texture.
The cooking process is straightforward. It takes place in two stages: frying up the mushrooms, shallots, garlic, and herbs.
Once cooked and left to cool, it’s mixed with the cubed bread and baked in the oven for that beautiful, rich taste and deliciously crisp texture.
Is this mushroom stuffing vegan?
How do you use mushroom stuffing?
The best way to use this stuffing is to add it to the side of a roast dinner. It brings a delicious, crisp, rich flavor to create the perfect roast dinner feast to please the whole family!
You can even serve it as a simple, delicious, comforting meal. Add a drizzle of gravy, and you’re good to go!
What mushrooms are best for making stuffing?
I recommend using a variety of mushrooms to get the best stuffing. Here are a few suggestions:
Dried shiitake mushrooms
Dried shiitake mushrooms have a delicious earthy flavor and fragrant aroma. They are crisp, brittle, lightweight, and a fantastic addition to a mushroom stuffing mix.
Porcini mushrooms have a meaty, intense flavor that adds depth to a stuffing mix. With a rich, almost ‘woody’ taste with a beautiful aroma specific to hearty woodland mushrooms, the flavor of porcini mushrooms goes a long way and is perfect when paired with garlic, shallots, and herbs.
Sometimes called oyster fungus, hiratake, or pearl oyster mushrooms, oyster mushrooms have a delicate texture and mild, savory flavor. They bring an almost nutty taste, with an earthy aroma and umami flavor.
A versatile mushroom, button mushrooms can be used in various dishes, including stuffing. They might not have the deep, earthy, concentrated umami flavor of other types of mushrooms, but they have a meaty texture.
Portobello mushrooms are the same as button mushrooms – the only difference is maturity. Portobello mushrooms are aged longer than white button mushrooms, which gives them a more robust flavor and meatier texture – making them an even better substitute for porcini mushrooms.
These mushrooms are essentially the same as button mushrooms and portobello mushrooms but are in between the two. A cremini mushroom is matured longer than a button mushroom but is less mature than a portobello.
How do you store mushroom stuffing?
Leftover stuffing can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat it in the oven or microwave before serving.
More mushroom recipes
Don’t stop with this stuffing recipe – there are countless ways to use mushrooms. Here are some of my favorites: