Is there anything more heavenly during Thanksgiving than homemade stuffing? This dish has been a staple of the Thanksgiving feast for centuries, and for good reason – it’s delicious! You need to know how to make homemade turkey stuffing properly.
If you’re looking to add a little extra something to your table this year, why not try making your own stuffing from scratch? It’s surprisingly easy, and the results are mouth-wateringly good. So read on for the step-by-step guide!
What Ingredients Are Needed For Turkey Stuffing?
The great thing about stuffing is that it’s very versatile, and you can really tailor it to your own taste. There are a few key ingredients that you’ll need regardless of what else you put in:
1. Bread Crumbs:
These form the base of the stuffing and will help to absorb all of the delicious flavors. You can use any type of bread for this – white, whole wheat, rye, etc. Just make sure that it’s nice and fresh. Stale bread will make for a dry, crumbly stuffing.
This is what gives the stuffing its moisture. You can use either chicken or turkey stock, whichever you have on hand. Just make sure that it’s nice and flavorful – no one wants a bland stuffing!
The stuffing’s rich, delicious flavor is due to the use of butter. You can use margarine if you’re looking to cut down on the fat, but trust me– the butter is worth it.
Finely chopped onion is a classic stuffing ingredient, and for good reason – it adds a lovely depth of flavor.
Another key ingredient for flavor, a little bit of garlic, really takes the stuffing to the next level.
The egg helps to tie everything together and gives the stuffing a lovely texture. You can definitely make stuffing without an egg, but it won’t be quite as good.
7. Fresh Herbs:
Herbs are optional, but they really do elevate the flavor of the stuffing. Sage and thyme are traditional choices, but feel free to experiment with other herbs that you like.
How To Make Homemade Turkey Stuffing?
Making stuffing from scratch might seem like a daunting task, but trust me – it’s really not that difficult! Just follow these simple steps, and you’ll have delicious stuffing in no time:
1. Preheat Your Oven.
You’ll need to start by heating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. It will ensure that the stuffing cooks evenly and comes out nice and fluffy. If your oven has a convection setting, you can use that to speed up the cooking time.
2. Chop The Onion And Garlic.
Next, finely chop the onion and garlic. The smaller you chop them, the better – you don’t want big chunks of either in your stuffing. With that being said, don’t go too crazy – you don’t want them to be mush either. A proper rule of thumb is to chop them into pieces that are about 1/4 inch in size.
3. Melt The Butter In A Pan.
Once the onion and garlic are chopped, it’s time to start cooking. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. No need to wait for it to brown – I just want it melted.
4. Add The Onion And Garlic To The Pan.
After the butter has melted, add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook until they’re softened. This should take 5-7 minutes. As they’re cooking, be sure to stir occasionally so that they don’t stick to the pan or burn.
5. Add The Bread Crumbs To The Pan.
Now it’s time to add the bread crumbs to the pan. Give them a good stir so that they’re evenly coated with butter, and then cook for 2-3 minutes, or until they’re lightly toasted. Do not skip this step – toasted bread crumbs are essential for a delicious stuffing!
6. Add The Stock To The Pan.
Once the bread crumbs are toasted, it’s time to add the stock. Pour it into the pan and stir everything together until well combined. Have a taste and see if it needs any more salt or pepper – keep in mind that the flavors will deepen as it cooks.
7. Add The Fresh Herbs If Using.
If you’re using fresh herbs, now is the time to add them. Sage and thyme are traditional choices, but feel free to experiment with other herbs that you like. Give them a suitable chop before adding them to the pan.
8. Add The Egg To The Pan And Mix Everything Together.
Next, add the egg to the pan and mix everything together until well combined. This will bind everything together and give the stuffing a lovely texture. As the egg cooks, stir the stuffing occasionally so that it doesn’t stick to the pan or form clumps.
9. Grease A Baking Dish With Butter.
Once the stuffing is mixed, it’s time to put it in the oven. First, grease a baking dish with butter. This will prevent the stuffing from sticking and make cleanup easier. You can use any size of baking dish that you like, but I usually use a 9×13-inch pan.
10. Add The Stuffing To The Dish And Bake For 30 Minutes.
Finally, add the stuffing to the baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. And that’s it! Your homemade turkey stuffing is ready to enjoy. I suggest you to check out this guide on how to cook a turkey so that you can make more delicious recipes!
Different Variations Of Stuffing That Can Be Made!
Many people think of stuffing as being a traditional dish, but there are actually many different ways that it can be made. Here’re a few of my favorite variations:
1. Add some chopped apples for a sweet and savory stuffing.
2. Mix in some crumbled sausage for a heartier dish.
3. Stir in some chopped nuts for a bit of crunch.
4. Add some dried fruit for a touch of sweetness.
5. Add shredded cheese for a cheesy stuffing.
6. Use gluten-free bread crumbs to make a gluten-free stuffing.
7. Swap out the chicken stock for vegetable stock to make a vegetarian stuffing.
8. Use leftover rice, quinoa, or other cooked grains in place of the bread crumbs.
9. Get creative with your herbs and add in other favorites like rosemary or oregano.
10. Make it your own and add in any other ingredients that you like!
The Best Time To Make Stuffing!
As with any dish, the best time to make stuffing is when you have all of the ingredients on hand and can devote your full attention to it. Stuffing is actually quite easy to make, but it does require a bit of time and effort.
Below is a general outline of when you’ll need to start each step in order to have everything ready at the same time:
1. Start by heating the butter in a large pan. This will take 2-3 minutes.
2. While the butter is heating, chop the onion and garlic.
3. Once the butter is softened, add the onion and garlic to the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
4. While the onion and garlic both are cooking, chop the bread into small pieces.
5. Once the above ingredients are cooked, add the bread to the pan and toss to coat with the butter.
6. Toast the bread crumbs for 2-3 minutes, or until lightly browned.
7. Add the stock to the pan and stir to combine.
8. If using, chop the fresh herbs and add them to the pan.
9. Add the egg to the pan and mix everything together.
10. Grease a baking dish with butter.
How To Store And Reheat Leftover Stuffing?
I always make a big batch of stuffing because it’s one of those dishes that just get better with time. Plus, it’s so easy to reheat and enjoy as leftovers. Just follow these simple instructions, and you’ll have delicious stuffing for days:
1. Let The Stuffing Cool Completely Before Storing.
When you’re ready to store the stuffing, let it cool completely. This will prevent the growth of bacteria.
2. Place The Stuffing In An Airtight Container.
Once it’s cooled, place the stuffing in an airtight container. I like to use a resealable plastic bag, but you can also use a Tupperware or other similar type of container.
3. Store The Stuffing In The Fridge For 3-5 Days.
Stuffing will last in the fridge for 3-5 days. Just make sure to keep it in an airtight container so that it doesn’t dry out.
4. Reheat The Stuffing In A Pan On The Stovetop.
When you’re ready to eat the stuffing, just reheat it in a pan on the stovetop over low heat. You need to add a little bit of water or stock to moisten it up, but other than that, there’s no need to do anything else.
5. Alternatively, You Can Reheat The Stuffing In The Microwave.
If you’re short on time, you can also reheat the stuffing in the microwave. Just place in a microwave-safe dish and heat it on high for 2-3 minutes, or until heated through.
6. The Stuffing Can Also Be Frozen For Up To 3 Months.
If you want to save the stuffing for later, you can also freeze it. Just place it in a freezer-safe container and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.
7. When You’re Ready To Eat The Frozen Stuffing, Thaw It Overnight In The Fridge.
To thaw the frozen stuffing, just place it in the fridge overnight. Once it’s thawed, you can reheat it using either method described above. Make sure you know how to safely store and transport your BBQ food. It will help you a lot in future.
Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and of course, great food. This year, why not test your hand at making homemade stuffing? Not only you save money by cooking it yourself, but you can also customize the ingredients to your liking.
I’ve outlined the steps you need to follow to make delicious turkey stuffing from scratch. So what are you waiting for? Get started and impress your guests with this mouth-watering dish! If you require helping along the way, be sure to check out GrillCharms!