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How To Make Homemade Thanksgiving Stuffing
You Will Need
  • A 1-pound French-bread loaf or cornbread loaf
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 3 c. diced onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 celery stalks, diced
  • 1/3 c. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp. dried sage
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 c. hot turkey or vegetable stock
  • A large glass baking dish
  • Aluminum foil
  • 1½ c. peeled and chopped tart green apples (optional)
  • An 8-oz. jar of peeled cooked chestnuts, chopped (optional)
spacer If you’re stuffing a turkey, make the stuffing at the last minute so it can go into the bird warm, reducing the potential for bacteria to grow around it during baking.
step 1Slice and dry the bread
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the bread into -inch cubes. Spread it on two cookie sheets, and toast it for 15 minutes, turning the sheets once.
step 2Cook onions and celery
In a large, heavy skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in the onions, garlic, and celery, cover, and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a large bowl.
step 3Mix the ingredients
Mix the contents of the skillet with the bread, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir in 1 cups of hot turkey or vegetable stock. Then, stir in the apples or chestnuts, or both, if using.
spacer tip If you’re stuffing your turkey, stuff all cavities now and put the turkey in the oven.
step 4Transfer to baking dish
If you have remaining stuffing, or are not stuffing your turkey, reduce the oven heat to 350 degrees. Butter a large glass baking dish. Transfer the stuffing to the dish and pour a quarter- to a half-cup of hot stock over the top.
step 5Cover and bake
Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for about 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional five to 10 minutes for a crispy, golden top.
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