Monday, December 14, 2009

Homemade stove cook stuffing

Do you love stove cooking stuffing, but don't want to spend a ridiculous amount of money for dried bread cubes? Really...that is all that's in that little bag...and some spices. Here is a pretty good mock recipe I've tweaked a bit. Don't be scared. You can do this!! This makes 12 if you have a family of 4, enough stove top for 3 meals. Teenage boys in your family. Triple the recipe for one meal. Either way, with the budget needing to be stretched especially this time of year...this is a good one to have around. Plus, it will make it easier to make that holiday turkey or whatever. Use homemade whole grain bread if you make your own. I love it made with the savory variations of Apple sourdough.

Tess' Homemade Stove Top Stuffing
6 cups cubed bread (I use whole wheat,Tess' Oat Bread is amazing! ) make sure the pieces are pretty small, 'cause stove top is...)
1 tablespoon dry parsley flakes
3 tsp chicken bouillon (I like the no MSG or low sodium variety)
1/4 cup dried minced onion
1 1/2 tsp celery seed (or 1/2 cup dehydrated celery, chopped fine--I dehydrate my own)
1 T poultry seasoning (or Chef Tess All Purpose Seasoning)
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp ground pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bake bread 8 to 10 minutes on a sheet pan--It may take longer depending on the size of the cubes of bread (it should be dry!). In large bowl toss bread with remaining ingredients till evenly coated.
Store in a air tight container. Will keep for 1 to 4 months or 12 months frozen. Cook just like you would for the prepackaged mix.
To prepare:

for 4, (1/2 cup servings)
Combine 2 cups stuffing mix with 1/2 cup water and 2 tablespoons melted butter.

Full batch for 7 cups stuffing total,
Combine 1 and 1/2 cups water and 1/3 cup butter.
Microwave 3-5 minutes, or stove top added to boiling water/butter.
Those "home-bake" meals with the can of cream of chicken and vegetable soup and the stuffing mix are a cinch, and much cheaper if you use the homemade mix. Soup is usually on sale or I like to give away a pint of Creamy Curry Celery and Chicken Soup. Prepare the stuffing mix for 4 servings, according to directions. Put soup in the bottom of an 8 inch by 8 inch casserole. Wonderful casserole baked at 350 for 20-25 minutes.


Tracey said...

Where do you find no MSG bouillion?

Chef Tess said...

No MSG bullion powder is in the natural food section at most Arizona Bashas' I have seen it in a few health food stores as well.