Thanksgiving would never be the same without stuffing – that delicious side dish of moist bread cubes served with turkey. Here is a stuffing recipe that’s so moist, so delicious, so amazing, you will never want to make any other kind. The taste is delectable.
As turkeys have been bred to have bigger breasts, the cavities used for stuffing them have grown much smaller. Stuffing, when cooked inside the turkey, absorbs the juices as it cooks. Since the cavity doesn’t allow for much stuffing, it’s easier to cook it in a dish separate from the turkey (called “dressing” when not stuffed in the turkey). The wonderful thing about this is that an unstuffed turkey cooks much faster. Cooking the stuffing in a separate dish means that you need to make it as moist as possible.
The secret of this stuffing recipe is Frangelico – a hazelnut and herb-flavored liqueur. The flavor of Frangellico is delectable and, when added to the stuffing mixture, makes it moist and amazing. (Don’t worry; you will have enough left for Thanksgiving toasts, as you will love the taste of Frangelico!)
Best Stuffing Recipe
Ingredients for the Best Stuffing:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 ½ cups onion, chopped
- 1 ½ cups celery, chopped
- 2 apples, cored and chopped
- 1 cup raisins or dates
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup Frangelico liqueur
- 1 tablespoon sage
- 10 cups stale bread cubes (mix the bread up; use some sour dough, some pumpernickel, etc.)
Directions for making the Best Stuffing:
Melt butter in the bottom of a large pot, add the onions, cover, and cook for 10 minutes – stirring occasionally; add the celery and cook until the onions are tender. Add the chopped apples and cook for another 5 – 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the raisins and/or dates, the chicken broth, the Frangelico, and the sage — stir, then add the bread cubes – stir until well mixed (if more moisture is needed, add a bit more broth; add more sage for your personal taste). Put in a greased baking dish and cover with aluminum foil.
When the turkey is out of the oven to rest (about 20 minutes), put the stuffing in the oven at 375 degrees and bake for 20 minutes or until heated through.
Other delicious Thanksgiving side dishes:
Best macaroni and cheese ever – no kidding, this is the best!
Strawberry and cream cheese jello recipe – everything loves this!
Peanut brittle ambrosia – an absolutely delicious treat!
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