Air Fryer Vegetarian Dressing

Use an air fryer to speed up the drying time for the bread cubes in this dressing. The same technique works for making croutons to top salads and soups.

metal baking pan with bread stuffing and spoon
Photo: Jacob Fox
Cook Time:
33 mins
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Stand Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
58 mins
5 cups


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 5 cup 3/4-inch cubes crusty artisan white bread

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 ½ cup coarsely chopped, cored fennel

  • ¾ cup chopped onion

  • ¾ cup chopped apple

  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted*

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

  • ¾ - 1 cup vegetable broth


  1. Preheat air fryer at 275°F. Lightly coat a 1- to 1 1/2-qt. casserole or other oven-safe dish* with cooking spray. Place bread cubes in air-fryer basket; cook 12 to 15 minutes or until dried and lightly golden, tossing occasionally.

  2. Meanwhile, in a 10-inch skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add next three ingredients (through apple). Cook 6 to 8 minutes or just until tender, stirring occasionally.

  3. In a large bowl combine bread cubes, fennel mixture, and next five ingredients (through pepper). Add enough broth to moisten. Spoon bread mixture into prepared dish. Cover with foil.

  4. Place dish in air-fryer basket; cook 15 minutes. Remove foil and continue cooking 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown and crisp on top. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


If you can't find a casserole to fit in your air fryer, divide mixture among individual 10- to 12-ounce casserole dishes. Cook as above.

Toast 'em

Toasting the pine nuts for this stuffing will take the flavor to the next level. Try this easy skillet method.
In a dry skillet spread the pine nuts in a single layer. Cook over medium-low heat until fragrant and golden brown, stirring frequently. When the pine nuts are golden brown, immediately transfer them to a plate to stop the cooking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

202 Calories
12g Fat
21g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 202
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 520mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 5.7mg 29%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 1.5mg 8%
Potassium 183mg 4%
Folate, total 13.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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