Nothing says the holidays to me more than stuffing or dressing. In all my years it had to be the old fashioned stand by. You couldn’t change up the recipe or I was going to be really disappointed. There must have been some people that really messed it up so change became a bad thing to me.
This year has been much different. A friend made dressing and the flavor was so similar to what I was used to that it’s turned me on to all sorts of add-ons. She added Craisins to the casserole and it was amazing. Just that little change up made a crazy difference. Now I’m branching out to some other fun options. I’m just doing it slowly so I don’t ruin my favorite meals.
The tartness of the granny smith is similar to the Craisins. Adding just a little something extra in texture and flavor but not overpowering. Do you have a little something special you put in your dressing that’s not like everyone else?
- 1 loaf hearty bread (multi grain), toasted lightly then cut into 1 inch cubes
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 2 onions, diced
- 4 stalks celery, finely diced
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and finely diced
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup fresh chopped parsley
- ¼ cup fresh chopped sage
- 2 large eggs, whisked well
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Coat inside of large, covered baking dish all over with butter or oil.
- Melt butter in medium pot over medium heat.
- Add onion, celery, salt, and pepper, cooking and stirring until both are softened and onions are translucent. About 7 or 8 minutes.
- Stir in apples and cook for 2 minutes.
- Pour in broth and bring to a gently rolling boil, Stirring. Remove from heat after it comes to boil.
- Add parsley and sage to cooling broth.
- Put the bread cubes in a large bowl.
- Add the apple-broth mixture into the bread cubes and toss well to combine. Make sure all the bread is moistened.
- Drizzle the beaten egg over the bread mixture and toss well to distribute egg throughout mixture.
- Spoon into casserole dish, cover, and bake for 15 minutes.
- Uncover and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until stuffing browns slightly and pulls away from the sides of the casserole.
- Remove from oven and let sit for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Serve warm.
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