Thanksgiving after Thanksgiving I stood in my childhood kitchen watching my dad prepare the stuffing for dinner. Daddy never stuffed the Turkey, but instead made the “stuffing” like a big casserole. The stuffing was always my favorite part topped with daddy’s giblet gravy – YUMMY. I can taste it like it was all those years ago again. Now daddy used Mrs. Cubbinson’s cornbread dressing as a base and doctored it, but several years ago my brother asked me to try and reproduce the recipe and VOILA’ I did it and it’s from scratch!
10 slices Oroweat OATNUT bread, cut into bite size chunks
1/2 loaf sourdough French bread, cut into bite size chunks
1 large sweet onion, chopped fine
1 small bunch celery (leaves and all), chopped fine
1/2 bag baby carrots, chopped fine
1 box mushrooms, chopped fine or shredded
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon white pepper
2 sticks unsalted butter
4 cups homemade chicken broth**
2 tablespoons Better than Bouillon Chicken base
2 tablespoons Buttery Herb & Garlic Mix (I believe McCormick makes it)
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
- Cut bread into bite sized chunks and spread out in a thin layer over cookie sheets.
- Bake at 200 degrees for 3-4 hours until pieces are actually hard.
- Chop all the vegetables.
- In a large cast iron pan melt 1/4 cup of the butter.
- Add the onions and saute until translucent. The add the celery and carrots and continue sauteing until crisp tender.
- Add the mushrooms and garlic last as they will burn first.
- Whisk together the water, better than bouillon chicken base and all of the seasonings.
- Add the melted butter.
- In a large pan toss the bread slices together.
- Add the sauteed vegetables and toss again.
- Add the liquid mixture and toss again until well absorbed.
- Fold entire mixture into at least a 9×13 baking dish.
- Bake uncovered 1 hour.
- At this point I use a small portion for our dinner that night and freeze the rest.
- When it’s time to cook it again, I defrost it, put it back in the same baking dish and bake it again, but this time covered with foil until the last 15 minutes so it doesn’t dry out. We like it crisp on top so I remove the foil the last 15 minutes.
NOTE **: I make my own broth from the carcass of a Rotisserie chicken each week to use in my recipes. I buy the rotisserie chicken at Costco and use the meat to snack on or to make chicken salad or pastas.