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Do you have some suggestions to jazz up a boxed stuffing mix. The recipe just calls for onions and celery. I don't like stuffing so I don'thave much practice. I am on a tight budget. I'm cooking for 35 Seniors tomorrow. This will be baked in a pan.

asked by nutcakes almost 6 years ago
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added almost 6 years ago

I'm assuming this already has the sage and thyme in it, so how about fresh parsley, dried cranberries, apples, carrots, celery, raisins, etc.

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drbabs

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added almost 6 years ago

I like tiggybee's suggestions. I also think that those studying mixes are pretty salty, so I would add in some good stale bread to cut the saltiness.

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drbabs

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added almost 6 years ago

Sorry...stuffing mixes. (cell phone typing...never good.)

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added almost 6 years ago

I agree with all of the above. You could also sub a bit of apple cider or juice for the water called for. Some people like sausage in their stuffing (personally not a fan.. I think it's too heavy) and chopped toasted pecans/walnuts or chestnuts.

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added almost 6 years ago

There aer some interesting suggestions in this slideshow:

http://www.realsimple.com...

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added almost 6 years ago

Please look in Food52 for my cornbread dressing (actually, my dad's cornbread dressing) and do not use the box. Period. It is sooo easy to make something good that you'll be proud of. We'll all raise a glass in your honor.

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added almost 6 years ago

I usually double the amounts of onion and celery. I also use no-salt chicken broth.

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pierino

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added almost 6 years ago

You might try shredding the box itself in a food processor so that the seniors are getting enough fiber. Otherwise I don't have any ideas...

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added almost 6 years ago

I'm not as cynical as Pierino, Williams Sonoma has some great jarred chestnuts. If you follow the first suggestion, throw those in, opt in or out on cider and sausage (I would opt in) you've got a great start to a good dressing. But with all that effort, I bet you could throw the box and make an excellent one from scratch!!!!

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added almost 6 years ago

apples are a key ingredient in our family dressing (its only stuffing if it comes inside a bird!), along with a bunch of mushrooms, sauteed in lots of butter. I like a bit of sausage, but then, pork makes everything better. Even cardboard.

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added almost 6 years ago

I dislike stuffing so have no interest in making any effort on it as I've done in the past. I have homemade cornbread on the table so don't want to make cornbread stuffing, plus I have purchased the stuffing mix already and my budget is tight. I regret it, and wish I has squirreled away some half off bread, but space in the fridge and freezer is an issue. I'm going with the basics and some TiggyBee suggestions as well as add some plain bread from odds and ends to cut the salt, thanks for that DrBabs, no need to correct spelling when intent is clear. No budget for mushrooms and goodies. I'm making too may other nice things to worry about this one much. It is only there because it has to be. Next year I'm determined to nix it.

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added almost 6 years ago

I usually dry the bread in a convection oven at low temp, so you can do whenever and store in baggies at room temp for damn near forever...