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Wild Rice Stuffing

This wild rice stuffing is packed with butternut squash, dried cherries and fresh herbs. It's a delicious gluten-free and vegan alternative to traditional stuffing and is the perfect addition to your holiday table.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: wild rice stuffing
Servings: 8


  • 4 cups butternut squash peeled and chopped into small chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon olive oil or avocado oil divided
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 medium yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups wild rice blend
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh sage divided
  • 2 teaspoon fresh thyme divided
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup dried sweet cherries
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Place butternut squash chunks on a baking sheet with 1 teaspoon oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and toss to combine. Roast for about 30 minutes, or until butternut squash is tender. Tossing once around the 15 minute mark.
    Cubed butternut squash on a baking sheet.
  • While squash is roasting, cook rice. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add celery, onion and garlic to the pan; toss and add 1 teaspoon sea salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Sauté for about 10 minutes. Stir in wild rice, broth, 1 Tablespoon sage, 1 teaspoon thyme and bay leaf. Bring mixture to a boil.
    Wild rice and ingredients in a pot.
  • Cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 40-45 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat. Toss and remove bay leaf, then let the rice cool for about 5 minutes.
    Wild rice simmering in water in a pot.
  • Stir in cherries, roasted squash and reserved sage and thyme. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
    Wild rice stuffing in a pot.


Serving: 1/2 cup | Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 383mg | Potassium: 288mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g