The turkey makes its debut to the dinner table. The ham adds color to the plate next to the mashed potatoes. The steamed green beans compliment the other foods in the mix. But, what about the stuffing? Did it come from a box? Was it homemade with bread crumbs or cornmeal? Stuffed in the turkey or baked as a casserole? For many, the stuffing is the highlight of every Thanksgiving meal. Every year, stuffing fans strive to create the best stuffing. By using the finest ingredients and adding your own splash to the basic, turn this year’s stuffing into a creation that can be enjoyed throughout the year.
This year, utilize Klosterman bread, wheat or white, to outshine all other stuffing recipes making it your family’s favorite. Give the following recipe a whirl for something different this Thanksgiving.
Chicken Stuffing Casserole
3 boneless, skinless organic chicken breasts (or leftover turkey)
2 lbs. of fresh, organic green beans- cleaned and snapped in halves
1 small container of fresh, organic cranberries – washed and dried
1 small jar of chicken or turkey gravy
One loaf of Klosterman bread (I used white bread)
1/2 stick of butter
4 stalks of celery- sliced
1/2 medium onion- chopped
1-1 1/2 tsp. of sage (add to taste)
1 tsp. of black pepper
2 cage-free medium eggs
Prepare the stuffing first:
Toast each slice of bread (Mixture of over toasted and light toasted) and set aside.
In a small pan, melt 1/2 stick of butter.
Add sliced celery and diced onions to the melted butter and stir on medium until browned.
Remove celery and onion mixture from heat and allow to cool while finishing the toasting of the Klosterman bread.
After toasting the whole loaf of Klosterman bread, break bread into chunks and place in large mixing bowl.
Add celery, onions, sage, pepper, 1/2 of the cranberries and eggs with the broken up Klosterman bread and mix together with hands.
When completely mixed, set aside.
In a crock-pot casserole dish (as I used) or in a medium casserole dish, shape stuffing into a log and place in the middle of the casserole dish.
Place the cleaned and snapped green beans and the rest of the cranberries around the perimeter of the baking dish.
Add the chicken or turkey onto the top of the stuffing and top with gravy.
Bake in crock-pot casserole dish on high for four to five hours or bake in the oven at 350 degrees for an hour.
Serves 4 people.
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