Simple Stuffings

Simple stuffing recipes from Food Network Magazine.

Classic Stuffing (No. 1.)

Melt 1 stick butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 cups each diced onions and celery and 1 tablespoon each minced sage and thyme; add salt and pepper and cook 5 minutes. Add 3 cups turkey or chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Beat 2 eggs with 1/4 cup chopped parsley in a large bowl; add 16 cups cubed stale white bread, then pour in the vegetable-broth mixture and toss. Transfer to a buttered baking dish and dot with butter. Cover and bake 30 minutes at 375 degrees F; uncover and bake until golden, 30 more minutes. (Or stuff in your turkey and bake.)

Bourbon-Pecan Stuffing (No. 7)

Make Classic Stuffing (No. 1), adding 2 chopped pears, 1 cup chopped pecans and 1/2 cup bourbon to the cooked vegetables; simmer 2 minutes before adding the broth.

Apple-Fennel Stuffing (No. 9)

Make Classic Stuffing (No. 1) with potato bread. Use diced fennel bulb instead of celery. Cook 1 cup each chopped apples and dried cranberries with the onions and fennel.

Stuffing Muffins (No. 18)

Line 12 jumbo muffin cups with paper liners and fill with your favorite bread stuffing (we used Mushroom-Leek, No. 13). Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees F until golden, about 45 minutes.

Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffing (No. 29)

Make Sausage Stuffing (No. 20) with spicy sausage and semolina bread. Toss in 1 cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes with the bread. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup grated parmesan before baking.

Southwestern Stuffing (No. 38)

Make Cornbread Stuffing (No. 31), cooking 1 cup corn, 2 cups cubed winter squash and 3 cups chopped roasted poblanos with the onions. Toss in 1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds with the bread.

Spinach-Sausage Cornbread Stuffing (No. 40)

Make Cornbread Stuffing (No. 31) but cook 1 pound crumbled sausage in 6 tablespoons butter before adding the vegetables. Add 4 cups chopped spinach with the broth. Toss in 1/3 cup each pine nuts and grated parmesan with the bread.

Curried Basmati Stuffing (No. 44)

Soak 1 1/2 cups chopped dried fruit in 1/2 cup each warm water and dry sherry, 1 hour. Drain, reserving the liquid. Toast 1 tablespoon curry powder in 4 tablespoons butter in a skillet; add 1/4 cup soaking liquid. Toss with 8 cups al dente cooked basmati rice, 1/2 cup each toasted pine nuts and chopped parsley, the dried fruit, and salt and pepper. Bake as directed for Herbed Rice Stuffing (No. 42).

Bacon-Rice Stuffing (No. 46)

Combine 8 cups cooked brown rice, 1 pound chopped cooked bacon, 1 1/2 pounds chopped roasted parsnips, 1 cup chopped chestnuts and 1/2 cup chopped parsley. Bake as directed for Herbed Rice Stuffing (No. 42).

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