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How to Put Your Own Spin on Stuffing [Infographic]

How to Put Your Own Spin on Stuffing [Infographic]

Ah, stuffing. Every family has a recipe for this humble holiday staple—whether it’s just “open the box” is your own business. But every now and then, we all feel the urge to break with tradition. Stuffing is the perfect jumping off point for new flavors and textures.

Follow our simple base recipe and mix and match the ingredients to suit everyone’s tastes and showcase seasonal favorites. Picky kids? Bring them into the kitchen and let them approve your selections to ensure a clean plate (or maybe even second helpings!).

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Here’s how it all comes together:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  2. Heat a heavy-bottomed 10-inch cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Add 1lb of meat and cook until the fat has rendered out and the meat is mostly cooked through. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon and set aside. Not using meat? Skip this step and add your mushrooms with any other vegetables in step 4.

  3. Add a tablespoon or two of fat and turn the heat up a bit. Once hot, add 2 cups of your aromatics and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes. Keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn.

  4. Stir in about 2 tablespoons of herbs, cook for a minute more, then add 2 cups of vegetables and cook until softened, about 10 minutes.

  5. Remove the pan from the heat and toss in 3-4 cups of your chosen starch and the cooked meat, folding to combine. Pour 2 cups of your liquid of choice over the stuffing and toss it all together. If you’re feeling so inclined, add a little drizzle of olive oil or melted butter over top.

  6. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes, or until the top is crusty and golden brown.

What will you create? If you’re still not sure where to start, here are some of our favorite combinations to add to or tweak:

Cornbread + Brown Butter + Scallions + Sage

Add meat (chorizo is great), or keep it vegetarian with some peppers and squash.


 Clover Sonoma   Organic Unsalted Butter   $7.99

Clover Sonoma
Organic Unsalted Butter
$7.99

 Good Eggs Produce   Organic Scallions     $1.49

Good Eggs Produce
Organic Scallions
$1.49

 Eatwell Farm   Organic Sage     $1.99

Eatwell Farm
Organic Sage
$1.99


Rustic Bread + Pancetta + Leeks + Thyme

Build on this classic flavor combination with plenty of seasonal vegetables.


 Acme Bread   Pain au Levain   $4.99

Acme Bread
Pain au Levain
$4.99

 Fra’Mani Handcrafted Foods   Pancetta   $14.99

Fra’Mani Handcrafted Foods
Pancetta
$14.99

 Tomatero Farm   Organic Leeks   $1.79

Tomatero Farm
Organic Leeks
$1.79


Rye + Bacon + Onions

Salty bacon and earthy rye are a great base to build on with your favorite herbs (you can even go crazy with a sprinkling of sharp cheddar cheese before it comes out of the oven)


 True Story Foods   Organic Hickory Smoked Bacon     $7.99

True Story Foods
Organic Hickory Smoked Bacon
$7.99

 As Kneaded Bakery   Honey Rye Porridge     $8.49

As Kneaded Bakery
Honey Rye Porridge
$8.49

 Good Eggs Produce   Bulk Organic Yellow Onion     $2.49

Good Eggs Produce
Bulk Organic Yellow Onion
$2.49


Wild rice + Breakfast sausage + Scallion + Chard + Oregano

The complex, nutty flavor of wild rice makes this the perfect gluten-free option.


 Lundberg Family Farm   California Wild Rice Blend   $3.99

Lundberg Family Farm
California Wild Rice Blend
$3.99

 Sonoma County Meat Co.   Pork Breakfast Sausage   $11.29

Sonoma County Meat Co.
Pork Breakfast Sausage
$11.29

 Blue House Organic Farm   Organic Rainbow Chard   $2.49

Blue House Organic Farm
Organic Rainbow Chard
$2.49


Brioche + Mushrooms + Onions + Garlic

Vegetarians won’t leave hungry when you start with a buttery, rich brioche and sauté hearty mushrooms with plenty of onions and garlic.


 La Boulangerie de San Francisco   Sliced Brioche Loaf     $4.99

La Boulangerie de San Francisco
Sliced Brioche Loaf
$4.99

 Gourmet Mushrooms Inc.   Organic Chef’s Sampler   $7.99

Gourmet Mushrooms Inc.
Organic Chef’s Sampler
$7.99

 Coke Farms   Organic Garlic     $0.99

Coke Farms
Organic Garlic
$0.99


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