Serves 6. According to Epicurious the only vegetables you need are onions and celery. I don’t agree. While I do agree that the herbs make it, I also like the crunch of water chestnuts and/or a bit of a pine nuts, but you decide. But there are so many recipes to satisfy the savory-loving (sausage or bacon) and the sweet-loving (golden raisin or dried cherries) families. Anyway you choose to do yours, the family loves mine and I’m all about sharing. So, here’s the base for adding whatever your family loves.
- 6 Tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 package (9 oz) Margot’s Morsels Ultimate Thanksgiving Mix
- 3 cups low sodium chicken, turkey or vegetable broth, divided
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cups chopped mushrooms (optional)
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 eggs
Herbs: we’ve added herbs to Margot's Morsels Ultimate Thanksgiving Mix but no reason you couldn’t add more of your favorites (1-2 tablespoons of fresh flat leaf parsley or other)
- Dress it up! Before baking, stir in:
- Sautéed crumbled sweet Italian sausage, diced bacon or pancetta
- Diced chestnuts or water chestnuts or toasted pine nuts
- Chopped apples, dried cranberries, cherries or golden raisins
Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 4 to 6-quart baking dish with 1 Tablespoon butter and set aside.
Combine Margot’s Morsels with 2 cups broth. Let sit 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until softened and liquid is absorbed. While Morsels are softening, melt remaining 5 Tablespoons butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add onions, mushrooms and celery; cook stirring frequently until vegetables are softened and lightly browned. Stir in garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove vegetables from heat and stir into softened Morsel mixture. Stir in parsley and herbs, if desired. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed. Whisk eggs into remaining 1 cup broth; stir mixture into Morsel mixture. Add additional broth if needed, stuffing should be wet. Allow stuffing to cool to room temperature, if needed.
Spoon stuffing into prepared baking dish, cover with foil and bake 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 20 minutes more until top is browned and crispy.
Makes 4-8 servings depending on serving size.
Now enjoy your family!