Putting Your Own Spin on Christmas Stuffing
Christmas Stuffing Christmas stuffing is a staple in the traditional Christmas meal. Whether you stuff it in the turkey or use it as a side dish, the Christmas meal will not be complete without it. You can buy the...
Christmas stuffing is a staple in the traditional Christmas meal. Whether you stuff it in the turkey or use it as a side dish, the Christmas meal will not be complete without it. You can buy the ready-to-prepare box of stuffing where all you have to do is use stock and fluff it up with some vegetables, but that will not do for some people. If you’re one of those who enjoy making dishes from scratch as it lends a more personal touch, try these ideas. You get to put your own spin on an old favorite and in doing so, your Christmas stuffing will stand out in an amazing way.
But first, let’s begin with the basic:
Basic Bread Stuffing
- ½ cup of unsalted butter
- 1 loaf of bread, cut into ½ inch cubes, preferably stale or toasted if fresh
- 1 big yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 2 cups of finely chopped celery
- 1 bunch of fresh thyme, finely chopped
- 1 tsp of kosher salt
- ½ to ¾ cup low-sodium chicken broth
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Melt butter in a large mixing bowl.
- Add all the dry ingredients into the bowl and mix well.
- Drizzle chicken broth and mix as you go along. The mixture should be moist but not soggy. Use the mixture as a stuffing (as the word implies) or spread it in a large baking dish and baked at 350 degree F for 35 to 40 minutes as a side dish.
Now that you’ve the basic stuffing, it’s time to play a little. Or a lot. Here are some suggestions:
Kick It Up With Different ingredients:
- Use whole grains such as brown rice, wild rice, quinoa, barley or beans to substitute the bread.
- Use non-traditional vegetables such as kale, spinach, fennel roots, chard.
- Spices: curry, cumin, coriander, oregano, turmeric, cayenne.
- Use dried fruits such as cranberries, apricots, figs, pear or mango.
- For crunch, use any assortment of nuts: walnut, pecan, almonds, pine nuts.
Stuffing Used in Different Ways:
- Put your stuffing inside vegetables with cavities such as bell pepper, chili pepper, gourds such as kabocha, butternut squash or tomatoes with the insides removed. Or wilt (in hot water) some large leaves such as cabbage, Napa cabbage or even grape leaves and use them as wraps for stuffing.
- Wrap bacon, pancetta, or prosciutto around small balls of stuffings. Bake or pan-fry them to perfection.
- How about stuffing inside chicken breasts, turkey breasts, meatloaf or pastry?
As you can see, putting your own spin on an old favorite is fun and interesting. Try something different and creative this Christmas. Wow your guests, surprise your family. Make it the most memorable Christmas meal ever. For more information on how to make Christmas stuffing, contact us. We also have a whole range of kitchen aids and spices to help you be the best cook ever.