Simple Stuffing Recipe that will be making an appearance at every holiday dinner. This stuffing is made with Italian bread, apples, celery, onions, and herbs. Don’t miss the tips on how to make bread stale quickly.
Ah, stuffing, a wonderful bread side dish that is a must for many holiday dinners. What started out as a way to cook the turkey moist and juicy, evolved into a delicious bread side dish.
There is much debate among family members and friends whether to call this dish “stuffing” or “dressing,” but either way you call it, we all know that is a delicious addition to Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.
This is a simple stuffing recipe made with celery, onions, and herbs. To add another layer of flavor and a little sweetness, I saute fresh apples along with onions and celery and mix a little apple juice with broth.
Addition of apple is a delightful sweet surprise in every bite and pairs perfectly with turkey and many other side dishes.
How to make stale bread:
It’s a silly question isn’t it, “how to make Stale Bread?”
Simple answer might be, “leave it on a counter for a week and it becomes a weapon.” But, there are actually two ways to stale bread for recipes. There is a slow way and a fast way.
One way to stale bread is to leave it to air-dry for about 24 hours.
Tip: Buy Italian bread that is already thinly sliced and leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours. It just makes it easier to cut when it’s cold.
Cut bread slices into small cubes that are about 1/2-inch in size. Use serrated bread knife to cut bread.
Spread bread cubes in two large baking sheets evenly and leave them to get stale for about 24 hours.
To stale the bread fast:
Preheat oven to 200.
After spreading the bread cubes in two large baking sheets, place the trays in the oven.
Let them harden for about 2 hours.
Take them out and you can prepare the stuffing right away.
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Simple Stuffing Recipe
- 1 lb Italian bread sliced
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 1 yellow onion
- 12 oz celery stalk (1 small stalk)
- 12 oz sweet apples (2 medium apples)
- 1/2 tbsp thyme
- 1 tbsp minced parsley
- 2 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 3 eggs
- fresh cracked black pepper
Make stale bread:
- Preheat oven to 200.
- Cut bread slices into small cubes that are about 1/2-inch in size. Use serrated bread knife to cut easier.
- Spread bread in two large, rimmed baking sheets evenly and place the trays in the oven.
- Let them bake and harden for about 2 hours.
- Take them out and you can prepare the stuffing right away.
- Preheat oven to 375. Grease a 9x13 casserole dish. (You can also use a deep 9x9 baking dish).
- Dice onion and celery. Peel, core, and dice the apple. Try to get all the cuts as equal as possibly.
- Preheat a medium cooking pan over medium heat. Add oil.
- Add onion and celery and saute until onions are transparent.
- Add apples and cook until veggies are softened. Take off heat.
- In a large mixing bowl (and I mean large), combine stale bread cubes, cooked veggies, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper. Gently mix everything until evenly incorporated.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs. Whisk in broth and apple juice. Season with some salt and stir well.
- Pour the liquid into the bowl with bread and veggies and quickly mix everything together as evenly as possible.
- Transfer into prepared baking dish and bake for 40-45 minutes.