Holiday Stuffing

December 26, 2011 § 1 Comment

I now have a go-to stuffing recipe that tastes just as good as in-the-bird stuffing (so it thus appeases and fully satisfied the strange Stove Top lovers out there as well as those who like to live on the riskier side of life and eat it straight from the bird). Nick loves it and I have to make it for his family at every holiday, as I will this Christmas. For some reason it’s just taken years to make it to the blog…

It’s from Cook’s Country a few years ago I believe. Soy sauce is the surprise ingredient, and it just gives it a meaty/umami flavor that it doesn’t normally have out of the bird. The addition of the cream and a few more eggs than would normally be used to keep it moist.

I often just put it in a big disposable aluminum pan and cook it in that. It makes a good amount, but there are never leftovers.

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Bread Stuffing
Serves 10-12Firm sandwich breads, like Arnold Country Classics White or Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Hearty White, work best here.1 loaf hearty white sandwich bread (24-ounces), cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 16 cups)
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 onions , chopped fine
3 celery ribs , chopped fine
4 garlic cloves , minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 2 teaspoons)
1 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon soy sauce
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons pepper

1. Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat oven to 325 degrees. Arrange bread in single layer on 2 baking sheets. Bake until golden, about 30 minutes, stirring bread and switching and rotating sheets halfway through baking. Let cool.

2. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in large skillet over medium heat. Cook onions and celery until golden, about 10 minutes. Stir in garlic, sage, and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in broth and soy sauce and simmer until slightly thickened and vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes.

3. Whisk eggs, half-and-half, parsley, salt, and pepper in large bowl. Slowly whisk in warm onion mixture until incorporated. Fold in toasted bread and let sit, tossing occasionally, until bread is saturated, about 20 minutes.

4. Transfer stuffing to greased 13- by 9-inch pan. Melt remaining butter and drizzle evenly over stuffing. Bake on lower-middle rack until top is golden brown and crisp, about 50 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes. Serve.

Make Ahead: The stuffing can be prepared through step 3 and refrigerated, covered, for 1 day. When ready to bake, proceed with step 4, increasing cooking time by about 20 minutes.

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§ One Response to Holiday Stuffing

  • chickpea says:

    Mike! As the big day approaches (I’m celebrating in London with some Americans this Saturday), I have a most important question: I see that you said you can prepare through step 3 and bake later. My problem is that I’m not hosting, and I don’t think the oven will be free at the hostess’s place (let alone for 70 minutes of baking).

    Have you ever baked this ahead, then just reheated it at its final destination?? I’m imagining chucking it in the oven when the bird comes out and rests…

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