Vegetables / Knox's Yummy Stuffing Recipe
Baking a whole chicken or turkey is a simple way to make a lot of food with little prep and a good stuffing is easy to prepare and everybody will think you know what you re doing. Gravy is simple as well and pretty much a by product of baking the bird. I have notes at the bottom for making the gravy as well. With a chicken, the below stuffing and gravy recipe and some mashed potatoes you have the core of a traditional holiday meal and its simple to do.
What you need is about 8 cups. About a loaf of bread. Cut it into stuffing size cubes, about 1/2 inch. Bake it at about 300 degrees, until really dry and possibly slightly toasted, about 40 minutes, turning every so often.
While the bread is drying out you need to prepare:
1 Tablespoons butter
1 cup finely chopped celery (2 sticks)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion (1 small)
1 Tablespoon Knox's Yummy Chicken dry rub spice blend.
1 1/2 - 2 cups of chicken broth
1 chicken liver if one came with your bird, chopped
In a small saucepan saute the celery, onion, and chicken liver if you have one, in the butter. Saute until tender but not soft. Remove and set aside.
When the bread is dry put the bread into a bowl and lightly toss it while adding the onion mixture and then the chicken stock. That's it, stuffing.
Whole roasted baked chicken with homemade stuffing and gravy.
Serve with canned cranberries at right.
If cooking in the bird we typically make it a little dry and if pan baking add extra chicken stock so it is moist throughout.
You will be able to stuff an 8 or 10 lb. bird and probably have some left over. Bake bird as directed and enjoy.
Making Gravy: Baked chicken practically makes its own gravy. Before you bake the chicken put about 2 cups of water in the bottom of the pan. Place the chicken on a rack in the pan. When the chicken is done, remove the chicken and rack and place the pan on a stove top burner. Add about 2 Tablespoons of flour and whisk into the drippings and water while heating. You may want to add some milk if it gets too thick. Once smooth and gravy-like, pour into a bowl and serve (pictured above).
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