I cheated on my stuffing and made it sexy

I’m sorry if I offend all he hardcore homechefs out there, but I cheated on my stuffing!

This year is the first year that I prepared the stuffing. It is something that my wife and oldest daughter have done previously, with excellent results. They use a good quality made off-the-shelf stuffing option and follow the instructions on the box. Nothing too complicated, but good.

During my eagerness in the kitchen, I started to prepare the stuffing and felt a need to spice it up a little. While the box version might be ok, it felt a little light on flavor and sexiness.

I decided to give my premade stuffing box mixture some sex appeal!

It all starts with stuffing but ends in some blend of homemade flavors and extra added vegetables. But, I also wanted to add real bread. Not just any bread, but my homemade country loaf.

Spicing up the stuffing

  • A half large red onion, finely cubed
  • 3 celery stalks, finely sliced
  • A quarter (1/4) of my country bread, sliced and cubed
  • 3 cubs of chicken stock, unsalted of course
  • 6 tablespoons of butter, again, unsalted
  • A box of your favorite premade stuffing mix
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper

Let’s start the stuffing making process, which in reality takes 10-12 minutes, and then 30-40 minutes baking. You can bake it in your oven or on your Traeger. The latter is obviously the preferred choice.

  1. Melt the butter on a large pan. I use my 12″ Toughened Nonstick PRO fry pan – excellent!
  2. Add the onion and celery, for about 7-8 minutes, until soft
  3. In a large bowl, empty the content of the stuffing mix
  4. Cut the country loaf into 1″ cubes, and add to the bowl
  5. Pour in the celery, onion, and butter mixture
  6. Add 2 cups of chicken stock, and mix
  7. Add the last cup of chicken stock, and mix
    • you might need a little extra stock if the stuffing needs more moisture
  8. Preheat your oven or Traeger to 400F
  9. Gently grease your favorite oven tray with Pam
  10. Place the stuffing in the oven tray
  11. Sprinkle some garlic powder over the mixture
  12. Please give it a few grinds of black pepper too
  13. Cover the tray with foil
  14. Bake it for 25 minutes
  15. Remove the tin foil
  16. Bake it for another 10 minutes to make the surface a little crusty

You are ready to serve the stuffing, alongside the turkey and other sides you created. It is time to work on your Thanksgiving diet.

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