Easy Recipe for Stuffing
When an easy stuffing recipe is part of your cooking repertoire, it’s like an ace in your back pocket. It’s quick and hearty enough to throw together next time you’re starving on a Sunday afternoon, and it’s also impressive enough to take as a side to the next big shindig. The easy stuffing recipe below is almost fool-proof, and it’s certain to have everyone ooohing, ahhhing, and mmming. You can even brag that you made it from scratch – which is probably more than your aunt Sylvie can say about her pumpkin pie.
What You’ll Need to Make this Easy Stuffing Recipe:
- 16 slices white bread, cut in ½ inch cubes
- A yellow onion, diced
- 3 ribs of celery, diced
- ½ stick Butter (4 Tablespoons)
- 2 cups Chicken broth
- Sage, 1 Tbsp. dried or ¼ cup fresh
- An oven proof dish, sprayed with cooking spray or oil
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Since both the oven and the stove tend to be overcrowded on holidays, impress your hosts by preparing this easy stuffing recipe in advance. Perform steps 1 – 6 up to one day before you plan to serve it, and place your stuffing in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Transfer it to a large oven-proof dish when you’re ready to bake it or to transport it for baking.
- On a large baking sheet, spread out the bread cubes in a single layer. Bake for about 10 minutes, until the cubes turn golden brown, giving the pan a little shake half way through to “toss” the cubes so they’ll brown evenly. Remove the pan from the oven and set it aside to cool.
- In a saucepan, melt ½ stick of butter and add the diced onion and celery. Leave the pan uncovered and sauté over medium heat until the vegetables are soft, which usually takes 6 or 8 minutes.
- In another pan, bring 2 cups of chicken broth to a boil. You can also put it in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes until it’s hot.
- Put the bread crumbs in a large bowl and season them with about 1 teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add 1 Tablespoon dried or ¼ cup fresh chopped sage, and toss the mixture well. If you don’t have or don’t like sage, thyme or rosemary also make great additions.
- Add the sautéed vegetables to the bowl and gently stir the mixture. Little by little, using a ladle or a measuring cup, add the chicken stock to the bowl, moistening the bread but not soaking it. Gently stir the stuffing mixture and continue adding broth until the bread is moist but not dripping wet. Don’t worry if you don’t use all of the chicken stock.
- Transfer the stuffing to a large oven-proof dish that has been buttered or sprayed with oil. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes or until the top is crispy. The CDC recommends that you cook stuffing outside of the turkey to ensure food safety. However, if your family insists on stuffing the bird, they suggest you use a food thermometer to ensure the center of this easy stuffing reaches at least 165 degrees.
- Once you’re comfortable making this easy stuffing recipe, feel free to make it your own. Add ingredients like sausage, peppers, mushrooms, or water chestnuts to the vegetable sauté, or substitute ½ cup of chicken broth with white wine. Then continue with the rest of the easy stuffing recipe as instructed.