It’s hard to believe, but November has arrived! With it brings good company, cooler weather, and comfort food. At the top of my comfort food list is definitely stuffing. I tend to love saltier foods, and in my opinion, bread may be the greatest invention from mankind. Stuffing Recipes for me, is what ice cream is to the sweet tooth.
There are endless ways to make stuffing recipes, including grabbing a box of stove-top and adding a few sticks of butter, and calling it good. Let’s step away from the stove-top for a second… just trust me. Let’s say no to high fructose corn syrup, disodium inosinate, discoium buanylate, artificial flavoring, BHT, and propyl gallate. If you don’t know what it is, there’s a great chance your body won’t either.
Making a stuffing recipe from scratch can be an involved process, but it’s worth the effort. If you want a simplified recipe, you can still make it semi-homemade, which will still knock the socks off the boxed kind.
I started the process by baking a fresh loaf of bread. I used this recipe, but substituted the vegetable oil with olive oil, and the bread flour for unbleached organic flour. I may try honey in place of cane sugar next time. There are few scents in the kitchen that warm the heart as much as the lingering smell of freshly baked bread. It honestly just makes you happy. I let this bread rest for an entire day, then cubed 1 pound of it, and tossed it with olive oil and spices.
Those guys went into the oven at 350 for 20 minutes, or so… just until slightly crunchy.
I also roasted a chicken earlier in the day, then took the carcass and made a homemade chicken broth with fresh veggies and herbs.
While the bread was toasting, I melted butter on the stovetop and sauteed onions, celery and an apple, until tender. In went the bread, along with a cup of homemade broth, and then I transferred it to a baking dish and baked it at 350 for about 35 minutes.
- 1 pound of bread, one day old, cubed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sage
- 1 tsp garlic
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cups butter
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cups celery, diced
- 1 apple, diced (optional)
- 1 cup chicken broth
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a large rectangular baking dish with butter. Toss bread cubes with olive oil, sage, garlic, onion powder and salt. Place on baking sheet and bake until starting to get crunchy, about 20 minutes, depending on the bread.
- Meanwhile, melt butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add onions, celery and apple and saute until starting to soften, 5-10 minutes. Add in bread cubes and chicken broth, and mix together. Transfer into baking dish and bake, covered with foil, for 30 minutes.
- For a crunchier topping, remove foil for the last 5 minutes of baking.
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