Thanksgiving Stuffing

Stuffing is my favorite side dish on Thanksgiving!  I have tried many variations and enjoyed pretty much all of them, but I made this Thanksgiving Stuffing last year and it is now at the top of my list!  It combines many tasty ingredients to create an unbelievably delicious side dish!  Each bite is full of flavor and keeps you wanting more.  My husband was not always the biggest fan of stuffing, but he really loves this! Whenever I host Thanksgiving, I will definitely be making this stuffing!  Since I am not hosting this year, I made a pre-Thanksgiving dinner for my family with turkey, sides, and pie.  The stuffing was amazing and I kept piling it on my plate! After a year, I forgot how wonderful it tasted! What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?

Thanksgiving Stuffing
 
Thanksgiving Stuffing is a delicious twist on the traditional side dish and will be a big hit with your family and friends.
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Recipe type: side dish
Ingredients
  • 10-12 cups Stove Top Chicken Stuffing Mix
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 1 green apple, peeled, cored, chopped
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • 5 to 10 chopped green olives (with the pimento)
  • Stock from the turkey giblets (1 to 2 cups) (can substitute chicken stock)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Make the stock by taking the turkey giblets - heart and gizzard - and neck if you want, and put them in a small saucepan, cover with water and add a little salt
  2. Bring to a simmer and simmer for about an hour, uncovered
  3. Strain the stock into a container to use with the stuffing
  4. Toast the walnuts by heating them in a frying pan on medium high heat for a few minutes, stirring until they are slightly browned
  5. Let them cool while you are toasting the chicken stuffing mix, then roughly chop the walnuts
  6. Heat a large sauté pan on medium heat
  7. Melt 3 Tbsp butter in the pan, add the chicken stuffing mix, and stir to coat all the pieces with the melted butter
  8. Let the stuffing mix toast and only turn them when they have become a little browned on a side
  9. In a large sauce pan, sauté chopped onions and celery on medium high heat with the remaining 3 Tbsp butter until cooked through, about 5-10 minutes
  10. Add the stuffing mix, cooked chopped walnuts, chopped green apple, raisins, olives, and parsley
  11. Add one cup of the stock from cooking the turkey giblets or chicken stock (enough to keep the stuffing moist while you are cooking it)
  12. Add sage, poultry seasoning, salt & pepper
  13. Cover and turn heat to low
  14. Cook for an hour or until the apples are cooked through
  15. Check every ten minutes or so and add stock as needed while cooking to keep the stuffing moist and keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pan

Recipe inspired by: Simply Recipes

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