Better than the box stuffing

Hey everyone!

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.

I promise!

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. =)

Homemade Stuffing

10 servings

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!!!)

S&P

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!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

– Aisha

 

Ps. I know it’s all over the place, I’m sorry. I just took a break from the kitchen. Back to it now!

Warm Apple Crisp

Can you feel it, Fall is coming!

I’m so excited, one of my favorite seasons.  I love fall for all the yummies that come with it.  One of my all time favorite fall things to eat is apple crisp.  Warm apple crisp with a scoop of ice cream.

Its pretty simple to make and there are a TON of recipes out there, most that involved a lot of added sugar that I really wanted to avoid.  So after pouring over a bunch of recipes I finally settled on coming up with my own.  Trying to avoid having a huge batch sitting around all weekend tempting me to consume the whole thing I settled on making a small batch in an 8×8 square dish.  The aroma wafting towards me while this was baking in the oven not only had my mouth watering, but I was literally drooling!

You can use any kind of apples you have on hand, mainly Gala or McIntosh are pretty good.  I prefer Granny Smith because of the tartness, the contrast of the sweet/tart just explodes together.

Warm Apple Crisp

makes 3-4 servings

Granny Smith Apples – 2 to 3 medium-sized
Flour (whole wheat or all-purpose) – 1/2 cup
Oats – 1/2 cup (instant oats work best)
Brown Sugar – 2/3 cup
Butter – 1/2 cup (one stick) softened
Cinnamon – 1/2 teaspoon

Preheat the oven to 350°.  Cut the apples into chunks.  Peeled or skin on the apples is your preference.

In another bowl, mix together flour, oats and brown sugar, next cut the butter into the dry mix using 2 forks.  In an 8×8 greased dish, spread the apples.  Top the apples with the flour mixture.  Place in the oven, uncovered, for 30 mins.  Check for doneness and topping should be firm/crunchy to the touch.  Remove from oven and let cool for 10 mins.

Scoop into bowls topped with a scoop vanilla ice cream.

 


Happy Eating!

~Nazia