Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Perfectly Moist Crock Pot Stuffing (gluten and dairy free)

For many years now I have not been too happy with my holiday stuffing (downright disappointed actually).  Arg.  It was totally my favorite Thanksgiving side as a kid and every year I’m bewildered at my fruitless attempts at a dish that seems like a no-brainer.  Hey, cooking is my thing, what’s going on here?? Why is it soooo dry!   Ahhhhh.  Finally this year it dawned on me.  The stuffing I loved as a kid was stuffed and cooked inside a turkey.  Oh right!  It was always so moist and creamy, never, ever dry!  Since I won’t be stuffing a turkey (because I don’t cook a whole turkey, I buy turkey parts, okay more on this later) anyway, stuffing a turkey is not an option so I had to figure out a way to recreate that uber moist stuffing.  So I turned to my crock pot.  And you know what my friends, it totally worked.  I experimented last week and I was over the moon with how moist and delicious the stuffing turned out.  Finally after all these years.  I ate so much my stomach hurt, but it was worth it.  So, if you’re like me and LOVE that good ole’ stuffed turkey stuffing texture than give it a go in your crock pot.  Or just stuff a turkey, whatever works.  I like using the crock pot too because it frees up space in my oven.  Sweet!  
Perfectly Moist Crock Pot Stuffing


7 cups homemade dried bread cubes/crumbs 
-2 tablespoons coconut oil
-1 medium yellow onion, chopped 
-1 1/2 cups chopped celery
-2 cups chopped mushrooms
-1 apple, peeled and chopped 
-2 cups chopped sausage of choice (optional) 
-1 tablespoon fresh sage (or 1 1/2 teaspoon dried)
-1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
-2 teaspoons garlic granules 
-2 teaspoons of salt
-Few turns of the pepper grinder (roughly 1/2 teaspoon) 
-4 cups broth
-1 egg (this makes the stuffing very moist and almost souffle like- which I LOVE)
1 cup dried cranberries and/or 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional) 

How To:
1. In a pot add the oil, onion, celery, mushrooms and teaspoon of salt.  Saute until soft (5 – 7 minutes).  Add in the sausage and saute with the veggies for an additional 3 – 5 minutes.  
2.  Turn off the heat and add in the chopped apple and optional dried cranberries/walnuts.  Mix.
3.  Now add in the fresh sage, poultry seasoning, 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper and mix.
4.  Add in all the bread cubes.  Mix.
5.  In a separate bowl beat the egg, then add it to the mixture and mix well.
6.  Add in the 4 cups of liquid (or as much liquid as it takes to soak up all the bread, don’t add too much or it will become soup).  
7.  Add everything to a 5-quart crock pot and cook on medium/low for 2 to 4 hours (mix it around after about 2 hours).  I like to remove the lid and allow to cook for an additional 1/2 hour to an hour.  You should have some nice crunchy browning on the sides and a soft, moist, souffle-like middle.  Mix it around before serving. 8.  Let me know if you try this and how it turns out for you!

*If you use a larger or smaller crock pot, adjust the time accordingly.  With a larger pot, cook for shorter time.  With a smaller pot, cook longer.  
*If you don’t have a crock pot, simply put the mixture into a covered dish and bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 50  – 60 minutes.  
Get the homemade bread cubes/crumbs HERE 
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