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