Stuffing is a holiday tradition and so easy to make. As everyone's amount of time and skill level vary, I've included two variations. I keep my stuffing separate from the inside of the turkey...this is due to the fact that my mother was a vegetarian, we don't normally cook a whole turkey and we all like it better.
Stuffing is one of those things that you almost can't go wrong with! Experiment and have fun...oh yeah, don't forget that stuffing makes a great side dish (and economical) throughout the year ~ not just the Holidays.
Really Easy Stuffing Side Dish
1 one pound loaf of white bread
1 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon of seasoning
1 pinch of sea salt
1 pinch of ground black pepper
1/4 cup of water (or broth)
Begin by moistening the bread with as much water as needed to make it moist. Next, add the chopped onion, seasoning, and the salt and pepper. Using your hands, mix together.
If you wish, you can place inside the turkey, however I prefer the tin foil method. Place the entire thing in a piece of tin foil and wrap it up. Cook for at least one hour. Makes 5-7 servings.
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Boxed Stuffing Variation
If you opt for the boxed stuffing route then I recommend Stove Top© stuffing. Evidentally different regions of the country offer different varieties. Our favorite is the Whole Wheat of Sourdough versions...if you can find them. From reading reviews it appears that the Stove Top© Turkey stuffing has the best flavor.
Store-bought mixes benefit from the addition of sautéed celery and onion, and the use of broth in place of water.
A good rule of thumb is that about a cup of each add-in is sufficient to enhance a pound of stuffing mix, up to two add-ins per pound (in addition to celery and onions). Get creative and make it your own!
Prepare the box of stuffing as stated and add the following (make chopped items small enough that you get some in every bite). Use the tin foil method mentioned above to keep warm until everything is ready to eat.
Apple Raisin Stuffing
Box of Stuffing
Can of vegetable or chicken broth
Chopped sauteed onions
Chopped sauteed celery
Chopped raisins (golden, black or combination of both)
A dash of cinnamon