Herb Stuffing

Everyone seems to have a favorite stuffing recipe for their holiday turkey. If you’ve got a favorite, you may have to make room on your “favorites” shelf for another one — this stuffing is addictive. Tangy, savory, and delicately spiced, this stuffing has been known to change the minds of people who previously felt they didn’t like stuffing. It cuts some corners by using a pre-packaged Herb Stuffing mix, but you can substitute your own mixture of breads if you’d prefer to make the whole thing “from scratch.”

 

It’s got some ingredients you might not associate with holiday stuffing, like apples and mushrooms, but the combination works wonderfully and adds just the right amount of moisture to one of those dishes that can at times be too dry.  Try it exactly as written once, then experiment with your own variations using other fruit, or adding nuts.  Delicious and versatile!

 

Herb Stuffing

 

1 package of Herb Stuffing mix

4 slices of stale bread, any type you prefer, cubed

2-3 eggs, whisked

2 onions, chopped

6 stalks celery, chopped

4 T butter

2 tart apples, chopped

8 oz. button mushrooms, coarsely sliced

2 – 4 T red wine vinegar

1 bunch of fresh parsley, chopped

1 t sage

1/2 t cayenne

1/2 t mace

S & P

 

  1. Put the coarsely sliced mushrooms into a wide flat bowl and sprinkle the red wine vinegar over them.  Toss to evenly coat and set aside to soak.
  2. Melt the butter in a large saute pan.  Add the onion and celery and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes, until onion is transparent.
  3. Add the chopped apple and mushrooms, along with any vinegar from the soaking bowl.  Stir well, and continue cooking for another 5 – 7 minutes, until apples have softened somewhat.
  4. Meanwhile, put the Herb Stuffing mix, cubed bread, and eggs into a large mixing bowl and combine thoroughly.
  5. Sprinkle the chopped parsley, sage, cayenne, and mace over the top, and stir.
  6. Add the onion/celery/apples/mushroom mixture, and stir well.
  7. Add S & P to taste, and stuff bird as usual.

This recipe can also be poured into a buttered baking dish or loaf pan and baked for 30 minutes.  Enjoy!

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