I’d argue that the best part of the holiday meal is stuffing. In the bird or baked in a dish, fresh or reheated the next day, stuffing is what a holiday meal is made of. While any other day of the year the boxed stuff may suffice, during the holidays a homemade one will really make the meal special.
The secret to this stuffing really the bread. Due to my shopping the day before Thanksgiving I was left with only one choice for cubed bread: herb and onion. It turned out to be the best dumb luck ever.
The combination of the spices from the bread and sweetness of the apple and celery made for one very savory, flavorful stuffing. If you aren’t able to find a pre-seasoned bread you could toss the cubed bread in extra onion, garlic, or choice of herbs before toasting.
The best part was being able to prepare everything the night before so that all of the flavors had a chance to meld.
The next morning half of the stuffing was placed inside the turkey and the rest was baked in a casserole dish. I personally preferred the baked stuffing but you won’t go wrong with either one.
Apple, onion, and sage stuffing
Recipe adapted from: Whole Foods Market
- 2 bags pre-cubed bread (about 11 cups)
- 4 Braeburn, Gala or other apples, cored and diced
- 3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 T unsalted butter
- 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth (use vegetable broth to make vegetarian)
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh sage leaves
- 3/4 t salt
- 1/2 t ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 300°F. Spread bread cubes out on large rimmed baking sheets and bake until dried but not browned, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl
In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add apples, celery, onion and butter and cook, stirring occasionally, until apple and vegetables are softened, 8 to 10 minutes more. Add to toasted bread. Stir in broth, sage, salt and pepper.
If using to stuff a turkey, cool completely before stuffing. If baking separately, heat oven to 350°F and bake in a buttered casserole dish until lightly browned and crisp on top, 50 to 60 minutes. Serves 15.
Nutrition: Calories 100.9; Fat 1.7g; Saturated fat 0.7g; Cholesterol 2.1mg; Sodium 266.7mg; Carbohydrate 19.4g; Fiber 1.9g; Protein 2.4g