Can we all agree that stuffing is the most delicious side dish on Thanksgiving? Heck, I will even admit that I enjoy stuffing more than turkey. Stuffing represents all that is good in a traditional Turkey Day meal. My favorite is cornbread stuffing. Dare I say it, boxed stuffing mix is the only packaged food item that I wholly support. At the very least, a basic Thanksgiving stuffing will have onions, celery, and butter, and broth makes the whole thing moist. Somebody who goes all out on stuffing may add ground sausage, nuts, dried fruit, etc., but let’s make things easy for college students and just make this dish as simple, but still delicious, as possible.
Here’s what you need:
Packaged stuffing mix (I like cornbread!), chicken broth (or stock), butter, chopped onions, and chopped celery.
Pre-heat that oven to 350 degrees F and butter up a casserole dish. I like to use the butter wrapper to grease the dish with. It keeps my hands clean and ungreasy.
Set that baby aside.
In a large pan, melt a stick of butter (it’s Thanksgiving! chillax). And add the chopped veggies.
Cook the onions and celery until translucent and soft.
Add the stuffing mix…
Stir it all around til everything is combined.
Pour in about 2 cups of chicken broth. You can add one more cup if you like moister stuffing. Remove from heat after all the broth has been soaked up.
Transfer all that stuffing to the buttered dish. Spread it in an even layer and bake for about 20-25 minutes, just until it’s nice and crisp on top.
Basic Thanksgiving Stuffing
Total time: 35 minutes
Prep: 2 min
Cook: 33 min
Yield: 10 servings
1 stick unsalted butter, plus more for greasing dish
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 (12 ounce) box of cubed stuffing mix (recommended: cornbread)
2 cups chicken broth (optional: additional 1 cup broth for moister stuffing)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large casserole dish with butter. Set aside.
In a large pan over medium-high heat, melt 1 stick of butter. Add onions and celery, and cook for about 10 minutes until translucent and soft. Add stuffing mix, and stir until combined. Add broth and stir so that stuffing can absorb liquid. If desired, add another optional 1 cup of broth for moister stuffing. Remove from heat and transfer to buttered casserole dish. Spread in an even layer. Bake for 20-25 minutes until top is crisp. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.
PER SERVING (1/10 of recipe): Calories 224, Fat 10grams, Total Carb. 28grams, Protein 5grams
(nutritional facts are an approximation and may vary slightly for each individual, depending on brands and ingredients used)