Turkey Stuffing

Everyone is particular about the stuffing they prefer on the holidays.  I remember one year myself and two other friends who had no family functions for Thanksgiving decided to cook our own turkey dinner.  Because stuffing is such a big part of the meal and we all liked it a different way we ended up with 3 different kinds.  But really can there ever be too much stuffing.

Growing up my mom wanted to please all of us kids so we also had multiple variations of the same stuffing. With onion inside the bird for me, with onion outside the bird (dry) for one brother, and no onion outside the bird for the other brother.  Who knew stuffing could be so political.

Here is the recipe I grew up with and continue to use today.

You need:

  • 1-2 loafs of bread
  • 1-2 apples
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1-2 tbsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1-1 1/2 pounds of butter
  • If you want lots of stuffing use the amounts on the higher side.  Any stuffing that doesn’t fit in the bird can always be wrapped in foil and cooked in the oven just before dinner.

    A couple days before the meal open the bags of bread so the slices can harden up a bit.  The day of the dinner break up the bread into small pieces in large pan.

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    Slice the celery.

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    Dice the apples. I like to leave the peels on.

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    Add the celery and apples to the bread.  Sprinkle with the poultry seasoning and mix well.  This is a great excuse to use your bare hands since it’s the best way I’ve found to incorporate the seasoning.

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    Dice the onions.

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    Next add butter and onions to a  fry pan over medium heat. 

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    Doesn’t this look great.  And your place will smell fantastic.

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    Once the butter has melted and the onion are slightly translucent remove from heat. Pour butter over the bread.  Turkey Stuffing (11) 

    Here you can use your hands again to mix it all together but be careful since the butter is still hot.

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    Taste a few pieces to see if your seasoning is how you like it.  I don’t like a strong poultry seasoning taste.  You can also try a few more pieces just because the first ones tasted so dang good.

    Whatever leftover stuffing you have that doesn’t fit in the turkey wrap in foil and heat up later. 

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    Turkey Stuffing Full Recipe:

  • 1-2 loafs of bread
  • 1-2 apples, diced 
  • 3 stalks of celery, sliced 
  • 2 medium onions, diced 
  • 1-2 tbsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1-1 1/2 pounds of butter
  • 1. A couple of days before the meal open up the loafs of bread to get hard.

    2.  In large pan or bowl break up the slices of bread in small pieces.  Add the apples, celery and poultry seasoning.  Mix well.

    3. In large fry pan over medium heat add butter and onion.  Cook several minutes until butter is melted and onions are slightly translucent.

    4.  Pour butter over bread and mix well.  The stuffing is now ready to be put in the turkey.

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