Easy-Bake Herbed Stuffing
Stuffing may well be the best part of Thanksgiving, a sponge to soak up gravy and any stray melting butter that escapes the mashed potatoes. But mincing and sautéing the aromatics that help turn bland bread tasty is tiresome. We speed things up – and maximize flavor – by giving butter, fresh herbs and raw shallots a whiz in the food processor, then using the resulting paste to season bread cubes while they toast in the oven. We found that any sturdy, high-quality sliced sandwich bread from the grocer worked well here. As the bread bakes, the raw bite of the shallots cooks off leaving behind a mellow tang. Chopped celery is tossed with melted butter and mixed into the bread, softening as the cubes toast. The mixture then is moistened with low-sodium chicken broth and a touch of cream before being baked to create a relatively carefree stuffing that will satisfy even the strictest traditionalists.
cup finely chopped celery
tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter, melted
01Heat the oven to 325°F with racks in the upper middle and lower middle positions. In a bowl, toss the celery with 1 tablespoon of the butter; set aside. In a food processor, combine the shallots, sage, thyme, salt, pepper and remaining butter. Process to form a smooth paste, about 30 seconds, scraping the bowl as needed. In a large bowl, combine the bread and shallot-herb paste, tossing gently.
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