Stove Top Stuffing – How to Make It Better
You can make stove top stuffing better with just a few simple additions and no one will believe you started with boxed stuffing.
Boxed stove top stuffing is pretty good and is a great starting point. With just a few more ingredients and a little more preparation time, you can make stove top stuffing much better. In fact, it can be so good you family will complement you again and again. Enjoy this stuffing all year, not just Thanksgiving, to make dinner special. Great with chicken or other meat in place of potatoes or rice.
1 box of stove top stuffing mix, any brand, chicken flavor.
1/4 cup each diced green pepper, onion and celery
2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
I package of corn muffin mix, prepared according to the directions, adding 1 teaspoon sugar. (Tip, you will be crumbling it, so cook it quickly in the microwave until just firm).
Chicken broth from roast chicken, or canned.
Optional: Cooked and crumbled bacon or cooked and crumbled sausage or canned and diced mushrooms.
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1. Prepare the boxed stuffing according to directions and transfer to a large bowl.
2. Over medium heat, saute the onions, green pepper and celery in the oil until soft and add to the bowl.
3. Crumble enough cornbread to make 1 cup and add to stuffing mix, mixing well.
4. Add enough broth to moisten dressing so that it holds together slightly.
5. Add additional sage seasoning to taste, at least 1 teaspoon.
6. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
7. Add any additional ingredients, such as the mushrooms or sausage, mixing well.
8. Use stuffing in recipe. A simple recipe is to place the stuffing in the pan then top with seasoned chicken pieces that have been first browned in a saucepan (drumsticks cook quickly). Place atop stuffing, cover and cook until chicken is done.
Note: If you want to cook the stuffing by itself, place it in an ovenproof container and cover with foil and cook at 350 for approximately 1/2 hour, adding a little broth to the top if necessary to keep it from drying out.
This stove top dressing is perfect to stuff a whole chicken, place on chicken breasts and roll up, or serve with baked chicken pieces, just for starters. If also freezes well, so if you only need to do a couple of chicken breasts, freeze the rest to use in several weeks.