Sweet and Zippy Stuffing Recipe

Sweet and Zippy Stuffing Recipe
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Staff Writer
Stuffing

Stacy McNicholas

Stuffing

Add a little zip to your holiday stuffing this year with Craisins and applesauce. You can make this stuffing a day in advance and bake it half an hour before dinner is served.

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Ingredients

  • 6  cups  water
  • 8  tablespoons  butter
  • large onion, chopped
  • 3-4  stalks  celery, cut into small pieces
  • bags seasoned stuffing mix
  • large jar applesauce, sweetened or unsweetened
  • 1/2  cup  fresh cranberries or Craisins (optional)
  • 1/2  cup  water chestnuts (optional)
  • apple, peeled, cored, and sliced thinly (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Add the water and butter to a stockpot and place over high heat.

In a small pan, sauté the onion until soft, but not browned, about 10 minutes. When the water reaches a boil, remove from heat and add the cooked onions, celery, and stuffing mix. Stir well. Add the applesauce while stirring and slowly toss in the cranberries, chestnuts, or apples, if using. The mixture should not be too dry, nor should it be too wet. Adjust the amount of applesauce to get a good balance of moisture.

Transfer to a baking dish and bake for about 20 minutes. (This stuffing can be made a day in advance. If baking directly from the refrigerator, cover with foil and bake approximately 10 minutes longer.)

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
5g
7%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
6mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
22g
17%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
169µg
24%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
107mg
11%
Choline, total
13mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
57µg
14%
Iron, Fe
8mg
44%
Magnesium, Mg
36mg
11%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
123mg
18%
Selenium, Se
10µg
18%
Sodium, Na
157mg
10%
Water
117g
4%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Stuffing Shopping Tip

Make sure you have all the recipes you are going to make ahead of time. Compile your grocery list from those recipes a week in advance. Make sure you allot enough time for the turkey to defrost.

Stuffing Cooking Tip

Balance the amount of dishes prepared ahead and those put together last minute – serve cold dishes made in advance as well as items straight from the stove.