This post is going to be straight to the point! It’s the day before thanksgiving and I’m sure we’re all either prepping or going to prep after work. Last night I pretty much chopped up all the veggies and toasted bread (for the stuffing) and bought drinks.
I’m all about thanksgiving!
Everyone tries their hand at making dishes from scratch or semi-scratch. But many people head straight for the stuffing box and use that. I’m not the biggest fan. The flavor you get out of homemade is incredible and is worth the extra hour or so.
You can substitute the herbs with any other you have at home (i.e. basil, oregano, or even an Italian seasoning mix)
Also, you don’t have to add in the extra stuff I put in, but I do love it! The extra stuff being apples and walnuts. =)
A loaf of white bread, cut into cubes (about 10 cups)
I used French bread, it really doesn’t matter – each type brings its own unique flavor and texture
2 medium, yellow onions, chopped or minced to your preference
4 – 5 cups of celery, chopped
3 ½ cups of chicken broth
¾ cup of butter
2 tbsp of thyme
2 tbsp of rosemary
1 apple, chopped
½ cup of walnuts, chopped
2 cups of croutons (yes, croutons!!!)
2 eggs, beaten with fresh or dried parsley
Preheat oven to 250 for toasting (for baking, prehead at 375)
Place pieces of bread on a large cookie sheet and toast for an hour. Stirring occasionally. After an hour, remove toasted bread from the oven and let them cool slightly.
In a large skillet, melt down butter over medium high heat. Add onions and celery and stir. Once they’ve turned a little brown (about 10 minutes) add seasoning and herbs. Mix and then add chicken broth. Stir and turn off heat.
At this point you can take another pan and begin to sauté your additional mix ins, mine being apple. I sautéed them in ½ tbsp of butter for a good 5-6 minutes.
Now to the veggie-broth mixture, add the pieces of bread. Once you have mixed in the bread, add croutons. I have always added croutons to mine and it gives you a great flavor since they are already slightly seasoned. If you don’t have croutons, it’s okay, it’ll still taste delicious.
At this point, taste your stuffing mixture, add additional seasoning if needed. Add the apple and walnuts and fold into the stuffing mixture. Take the beaten eggs and add as well. Mix well and transfer into a baking dish.
At this point, you could either prepare and place it in the fridge to chill and bake tomorrow morning as I did. Once you’re ready to bake, dot with 2 tablespoons butter. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees F, 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until golden, about 20 more minutes.
OH SO GOOD. If you’re willing to give this a go, comment below and tell me how it goes!
Ps. I know it’s all over the place, I’m sorry. I just took a break from the kitchen. Back to it now!