the vegducken

Have you heard the hype about the vegducken? Click here to read the original article. It was created in 2012 by a guy named Dan Pashman and this past Thanksgiving it was trending madly online. But is it worth all the fuss?

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Well, hot for food put it to the test and you can watch the full experience and honest review in this YouTube video!

If you’ve absolutely been inspired to try tackling the vegducken on your own you can follow the recipe as a guideline below, but it certainly isn’t perfected.

You know, I think that’s the point of this recipe… it can’t reach ultimate perfection. I think it’s personal taste and hearts desire for what you feel like stuffing in a squash.

So go wild and share what you come up with this holiday! If you do, please tag @hotforfood on Instagram or Twitter!

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the vegducken

The vegducken has made its way to the holiday table! Do you dare try this roasted franken-veg concoction this year?!

Course Main Course
Keyword holiday, roasted, thanksgiving, vegetables
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Author Lauren Toyota



  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 4 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 to 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 eggplant
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 leek
  • 5-6 peeled whole garlic cloves


  • 1 small white or yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 fire roasted red peppers, finely chopped (from a jar)
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil (or use oil from jar of red peppers)
  • 8 oz cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh sage, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 C diced butternut squash pieces (scooped from butternut squash above)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Prepare butternut squash by cutting it into 2 even halves. Trim a small piece of the base off one half so it can sit flat in the baking dish. Scoop out the inside seeds and some of the flesh leaving about 1/2″ to 3/4″ still in tact. Keep the flesh for the stuffing.

  3. Coat both halves of the butternut squash in 1 tablespoon of vegan butter and maple syrup. Set them in a baking dish while you prepare the other components.

  4. Cut eggplant and zucchini into 2 even halves and hollow a bit of the centre out of each. Add a sprinkle of sea salt to the vegetables and set aside in a strainer or on a wire rack so they can release moisture.
  5. Meanwhile, heat a large pan over medium heat with oil and sauté onion and red pepper for 5 minutes.

  6. Add the remaining stuffing ingredients and sauté for another 8 to 10 minutes until squash is cooked through and most of the liquid is absorbed. Set aside while you prepare the eggplant, zucchini, and leek.

  7. Coat the eggplant halves in 1 tablespoon of vegan butter. Mix together the bread crumbs and cinnamon, and coat eggplant with that.

  8. Coat the zucchini halves in 1 tablespoon of vegan butter and sprinkle with smoked paprika.

  9. Cut about a quarter of the leek top off so you have a little bit of green left. Then cut it in half evenly and remove a few pieces from the inside core. Wash the excess dirt off from between the layers.

  10. Coat the leek halves with 1 tablespoon of vegan butter and then place peeled whole garlic cloves along the inside of one half of the leek.

  11. Assemble the vegducken by layering/pressing a little more than 2/3 of the stuffing inside each half of the butternut squash.
  12. Place one eggplant half inside the butternut squash and add a bit more stuffing around the sides of the eggplant to fill any gaps. Then place a zucchini half inside the eggplant.
  13. Fill the zucchini half with stuffing and place one leek half on top of that.
  14. Then work backwards adding the other halves of leek, zucchini, eggplant on top and adding the top of the butternut squash last.
  15. Use 2 pieces of twine to hold the butternut squash together.
  16. Bake uncovered for approximately 90 minutes. When a large skewer easily goes through the centre of the vegducken, it should be ready. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

Recipe Notes

*I used a product called Magic Vegan Bacon Grease, but it is not available everywhere.

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6 thoughts on “the vegducken”

  1. Since a Turducken is a chicken stuffed inside of a duck stuffed inside of a turkey, and this is a zucchini stuffed inside of an eggplant inside of a pumpkin, instead of a Vegducken, maybe this should be called…

    ..a Pumpplantini !

    eh? eh?

  2. Henry D'Alessandris

    I am a cook and I think I just might try this. I like all the veggies used and all the other ingredients seem to work well together so I will give it a try and let you know. Nice work. HJD

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