Thanksgiving or Christmas just wouldn’t be complete without traditional turkey and baked stuffing. There is a variety of packaged baked stuffing mixes that can be found in the grocery stores, but there’s something about the old fashioned home made bread stuffing that nothing can compare with.
Bread stuffing recipes include many variations and cross geographic and cultural boundaries. This is a basic recipe that can be adjusted to suit differing palates and is fairly easy to make.
The following recipe will work well with an 18 pound turkey (hopefully, with some left over..Yum!)
2-3 loaves of bread, cubed
1 large diced onion
4 stalks finely chopped celery
1 stick butter
1 cup chicken broth
3 tsp poultry seasoning, adjust to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
Serrated bread knife
Brown grocery bag or cookie sheet
Large pan, roaster, or casserole dish
Directions for preparation
1. Cut loaves of bread into cubes using serrated knife.
2. Dry bread cubes by placing them in brown paper grocery bag over night. With clean hands, stir them up so that the air can get through. If you’re short on time, spread bread cubes evenly on cookie sheets and place in a warm oven (250 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes. Should be brown on edges.)
3. Melt 1 stick of butter in a large skillet. Add chopped celery and saute on medium heat until almost soft. Add onion and continue to saute until soft and looks like cellophane. Both celery and onion should be done at the same time. Add poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Set aside.
4. Place dried bread crumbs in large pan or roaster. Add the sauteed mixture of celery and onion. Add 1 cup chicken broth and mix with clean hands until desired consistency is reached. Add additional broth or warm water if the consistency is too dry. Adjust seasoning to desired flavor.
*It is common to think that more poultry seasoning should be added at this point. The full flavor does not become apparent until the stuffing has been setting for a while. Be careful not to add too much more or the flavor will be too strong after cooking.
5. Chill and use for side dish or for turkey stuffing.
1. If you’re planning to stuff a turkey, there are numerous recipes available to show you how. Follow the instructions carefully. Warning! Do not leave a stuffed turkey in the refrigerator over night.
2. Bake in a buttered casserole dish with cover for 30 – 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Let stand and cool. Serve. Enjoy.