Here is a simple rich stuffing we use on Thanksgiving. I love the simplicity of the savory herbs and buttery bread! You can make this ahead. Freeze in resealable bags and break it out the morning you are to stuff your turkey, 1 hour before. Place the remainder in a casserole dish and bake.
2 loaves Pullman white bread sliced or any favorite sliced white bread, dont remove crusts! cubed
1 and 1/2 sticks of butter
4 celery stalks, chopped fine
1/4 cup chopped chives
1/2 cup of parsley chopped fine
1/4 cup of fresh sage sliced thin
1 md 1/2 to 2 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock to make it vegetarian
2 tsps. kosher salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
Place the cubed bread in a large bowl or soup pot, sometimes it is easier to mix in a large pot.
In a large skillet sweat the onion and celery until the vegetables are softened but not browned about 20 minutes over low heat. When the vegetables are cooked turn off the heat and stir in the herbs then add to the cubed bread. Stir in the salt and pepper then stir in the stock.
Stuff the bird then add remainder to a buttered casserole dish. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven covered with foil for about 25 minutes until the stuffing is heated through then uncover the stuffing the last 10 minutes to brown the top golden.
Recipe photos and writing by Karen Pickus 2012
Courtesy Karen Pickus 2012