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Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe: How to Jazz Up Boxed Stuffing

After Photo: Stuffing After Pulled out of Oven
After Photo: Stuffing After Pulled out of Oven | Source

Make an Easy, Tasty Stuffing

Do you love stuffing, or dressing, most of which we eat during the Thanksgiving holiday? I sure do. I grew up loving my mom’s homemade turkey or chicken dressing. That’s the best stuff ever! But, I have also found—created, if you will—another recipe that works great if you’re in a hurry or just want a different and great flavor, not just for Thanksgiving, but any time throughout the year.

For your Easter dinner, try pairing this stuffing with a roasted chicken, turkey, or even ham. It goes great as a side dish or as a replacement for bread. Pair with meat any time of the year or with meatless meals, such as beans. Treat yourself with stuffing and cranberry sauce for a meal reminiscent of Thanksgiving day.


Ingredients you will need....
Ingredients you will need.... | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 box of instant stuffing
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 tbps of butter
  • 1/2 of an onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed (optional)
  • 14 oz of chicken broth
  • giblets from turkey or pieces of turkey/chicken, (optional)
Stuffing on left, prepared according to package Sauteeing onions and celery on right
Stuffing on left, prepared according to package Sauteeing onions and celery on right | Source

Instructions

  1. Sautee onion, celery, garlic in the one tbs of butter until softened (about ten minutes). As the butter is used up, add small amounts of the chicken broth as needed.
  2. In the meantime, boil the water and butter and add dry stuffing, as per box directions.
  3. After setting off heat for five minutes (as per package instructions), add sauteed mixture to stuffing, along with the rest of chicken broth. Mixture will be much runnier than a boxed stuffing would be. Also, when I have cooked giblets from a turkey, I cook and chop them up to add. I even use the juice from the turkey and use less water or broth to adjust the stuffing recipe. The juice adds so much flavor to an already very tasty instant stuffing!
  4. Place in casserole dish and place in oven.
  5. Cook at 375 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes until browned on top.
  6. If you prefer a drier dressing, leave out 1/2 cup of the water when making stuffing. I personally like it moist! You can also cook it longer to make it less moist and more crusty.

I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with this recipe. It’s extremely tasty! And Mom will love it! Who knew it came from a box?

Before Photo: Putting into Oven
Before Photo: Putting into Oven | Source

What do you think about this recipe?

3.9 stars from 31 ratings of Add to Stuffing from a Box Dressing

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gryphin423 5 years ago from Florida

We always use Stove Top, but this sounds like a great way to jazz it up, thanks for sharing ;-)


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

Wonderful! Stuffingly awesome recipe! Now I'm hungry geez! 12,28 eastern standard time. Voting this up for excellent..where is the button for tastefull?

LORD


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I think Stove Top is tasty, gryphin, but this does "jazz it up" and makes it taste more homemade, I think. Hope you try it!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Stuffingly awesome! haha--funny, my Lord! It IS good. I made some yesterday, and I've almost eaten it all already. haha. We definitely need a tasteful or tasty button!


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susan54 5 years ago

Victoria Lynn, Great hub. VOTE UP!! I love your hubs.

come by and check out my first hub about my haircut


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Susan! I'll certainly check out your haircut hub!


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alissaroberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

Since I just had my first experience of cooking my 1st turkey last week, I am definitely going to have to try this as a side dish for my next attempt. I am all about easy recipes! Thanks for sharing!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, alissa. I love this recipe. I think it's really tasty. Hope your turkey turned out okay!


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

Umm-mm! Your easy recipe sounds similar to what I do. Am always adding something, except my family won't let me add mushrooms, which I otherwise would. :-(


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Mushrooms! Good idea, frogyfish! I love throwing things together. Makes cooking fun!


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chanroth 4 years ago from California, USA

Hi Victoria how are you? Sorry I haven't been around your hub! Anyway, your hub here got me hungry! I want some right now! I tried your mashed potatoes recipe and they are delicious! Thank you! Your hub are a great resource when it comes to food! haha...lots of love

Chanroth


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hey, sweet, chan--I'm okay. Good to see you, too. I see your hubs a lot (good for you for all your work, work, work!) and get by them sometimes, too; it's just hard to get to everyone's. I understand that, so no problem. Glad you liked the mashed potatoes. Maybe you'll like the stuffing, too! I love food. And I love your poetry. Will read more soon. Good to see you, girl! :-)


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Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

Looks yummy - thought I'd let you know that this popped on the "Popular" pins page at pinterest. Pinned too and shared.


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

It looks easy to make, I am normally quite bad at making stuffing! Thanks for sharing how to do this. Voted awesome!


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Prithima Sharma 2 years ago from Delhi, India

oh really superb, looks yummy, wanna eat it once


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Glimmer Twin Fan - That's great! I did notice that this one was really getting a lot of traffic before Thanksgiving!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Suzanne Day--I've never even tried making stuffing, but I love making it from the box! Thanks for the vote!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Prithima Sharma--If you eat it once, perhaps you'll like it enough to eat it again! :-)


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

great idea of pairing. I thought only turkeys are for turkey Thanksgiving


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hi, peachpurple! I eat dressing/stuffing all year long!


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Very clever. Looks just like my Grandma's old southern cornbread dressing recipe! Thanks!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This is really useful as I just put my Thanksgiving turkey in the oven and I don't put the stuffing inside. I like to cook it externally. This method that takes ready made items and jazzes them up with extra ingredients is timed perfectly and sounds like a great way to enjoy Thanksgiving all year long. Thank you and Happy T Day.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida

This reminds me of when my Momma used to make dressing. She put all kinds of goodies in it. I really do not add much to mine as my family just likes the herb seasoned Pepperidge farm without anything but broth and butter. So, that works for me too.

I am pinning this though for those who like to spruce up the dressing

Hoping all is well with you

Angels are on the way ps


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Rebecca, it's a great way to enhance a box of stuffing! :-) Hope your Thanksgiving was a happy one!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Peg! Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving, too! I do make this stuffing several times throughout the year!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

pstraubie--I'm sure Pepperidge farm is awesome, too! Thanks as always for the angels! :-)

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