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Paul’s Thanksgiving Stuffing

Paul's Thanksgiving Stuffing - A fantastic, easy Thanksgiving stuffing with lots of different savory and sweet flavors.

All families seem to have a favorite Thanksgiving stuffing that they make every year – and today we’re sharing Paul’s Thanksgiving Stuffing!

Paul is the brother of my brother-in-law Jim, and we enjoyed this stuffing last year when we visited Jim and my sister Joanne’s family for the Thanksgiving holiday. We loved Paul’s Thanksgiving Stuffing so much, we immediately asked for the recipe – and for a year, we’ve been waiting to make this stuffing to share here on A Family Feast!

Paul's Thanksgiving Stuffing - A fantastic, easy Thanksgiving stuffing with lots of different savory and sweet flavors.

This stuffing is easy to make – starting with seasoned stuffing bread cubes that you can find at most supermarkets. Then – a wonderfully diverse mix of ingredients gets added in including chicken broth, diced apples, onions and celery, plus shredded carrots, slices mushrooms, walnuts, fresh cranberries, raisins, and a variety of seasonings!

(Jack and I joked that we should really name this Paul’s “Everything But the Kitchen Sink” Stuffing!)

Paul's Thanksgiving Stuffing - A fantastic, easy Thanksgiving stuffing with lots of different savory and sweet flavors.

But all of those savory, sweet and herbaceous flavors combined together result in a fantastic stuffing that is a perfect addition to any holiday dinner. My sister Joanne also noted that this recipe is very versatile so you can add or swap in additional ingredients – or leave some out if you prefer. Either way, Paul’s Thanksgiving Stuffing is delicious.

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Paul’s Thanksgiving Stuffing

Bake this stuffing in a casserole dish or pan for the hour leading up to your turkey dinner, and feel free to add some of the turkey pan drippings to moisten it as it bakes.

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups (2½ sticks) butter, some will be used to butter the casserole dish
  • 1 14-ounce bag seasoned bread cubes
  • 1 cup onions chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 10-ounce package mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 Gala apple peeled, cored and diced (or any hard baking apple)
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup raisins
  • Cooked giblets (optional*See note below)
  • ½ teaspoon dry oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dry thyme
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 14.5-ounce can chicken broth
  • ½ cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Butter a large casserole dish and set aside.
  3. In a very large bowl, place bread cubes.
  4. In a sauté pan, melt butter over medium high heat and add onions, celery, carrots and parsley, Sauté for 4-5 minutes until onions are translucent.
  5. Add mushrooms and cook for 4-5 more minutes until tender.
  6. Pour this mixture over the bread cubes and toss.
  7. Place all remaining ingredients over bread cubes and toss.
  8. Pour into prepared baking dish and cover with parchment and foil.
  9. Bake covered for 40 minutes. Remove parchment and foil and bake uncovered for 20 more minutes.
  10. Remove to serving bowl and serve.

Notes

*If you add the giblets to this recipe, cook the giblets separately in some water and then chop and add to this stuffing. Just be sure you bring the giblets to a boil, discard the water then fill again and bring back to a boil. Cook until tender and chop

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Paul's Thanksgiving Stuffing - A fantastic, easy Thanksgiving stuffing with lots of different savory and sweet flavors.

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  1. Happy weekend –To me a great stuffing is paramount to the success of the whole holiday meal. I mean all the other dishes revolve around it and it elevates the dinner to something special. See I don’t eat most of the other dishes including the turkey on my plate without a little of the breading mix on the fork. It seems to be what binds all the other foods together for me. My son has been adding apple to his stuffing mix for a few years now maybe I can get him to try a side of this one the cranberries seem like such a natural fit. You really show that the holiday is “afamilyfeast.” Thanks for sharing will be sure to add this to our day.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Christine