The Perfect Stuffing Recipe to Complete Your Thanksgiving Dinner

There are a few quintessential Thanksgiving dinner items. A Thanksgiving dinner isn’t complete without a glistening turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, and a sweet pie to top off the evening. But no Thanksgiving meal would ever be truly whole without…you guessed it! Stuffing!
This November classic actually dates back to the Roman Empire, where stuffings were made using chicken, rabbit, pork, and dormouse. The food has traveled across nations and centuries, but it remains a family favorite that no proper Thanksgiving dinner can do without.

If you’re looking for a new stuffing recipe to try, give these two a shot. These tried and true recipes are sure to wow everything at your dinner party and have them begging for seconds.

For the Traditionalist: Essential Thanksgiving Herbed Stuffing

Recipe courtesy of Cookingchanneltv.com

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for buttering baking dish
  • 4 celery stalks, finely chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh, flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • One 12-ounce bag cubed country-style stuffing
  • 4 large eggs, beaten

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350 and butter a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish. In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the celery and onions and cook, stirring, until fragrant and softened, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the parsley, sage, thyme, salt, and pepper and cook for one more minute. Add the chicken broth and scrape up any brown bits that have formed on the bottom of the skillet, cooking for an additional minute. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.

In a large bowl, combine the cooled mixture with the stuffing and beaten eggs and mix well. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Bake until golden brown on top, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Top with additional parsley and serve!

For the Experimenter: Sausage-and-Apple Stuffing Bites

 

Recipe courtesy of Foodandwine.com

INGREDIENTS

  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 4 ounces white country bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (3 cups)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350 and grease two 12-cup mini-muffin pans with cooking spray. On a baking sheet, toss the bread with two tablespoons of the oil; season with salt and pepper. Bake for about 10 minutes, until toasted. Transfer the croutons to a bowl.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt the butter in the remaining two tablespoons of oil. Add the onion and celery and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the sausage, garlic, and sage and cook, stirring and breaking up the meat, until no trace of pink remains, 5 minutes. Mix the sausage, apple, eggs, and broth into the croutons; season with salt and pepper. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Pack the stuffing into the muffin cups and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden. Transfer to a rack and let stand for 5 minutes. Loosen the muffins with a sharp paring knife and lift them out. Serve warm.

Share your favorite stuffing recipes with us in the comments! What unique ingredient are you trying to cook into your stuffing?

 

The Perfect Hot Chocolate Recipe for Every Sipper

 

it safe with a traditional recipe that reminds you of childhood, or are you more adventurous, willing to take the hot chocolate road less traveled?

Whatever your style, Reams has all of the ingredients you need to make that hot cocoa that tastes just right. Here are a few of our favorite recipes for you to try!

Classic Homemade Hot Chocolate

 

Recipe courtesy of Babble.com

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons dark Dutch process cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS

In a small sauce pan, heat the milk over medium heat. Whisk in all of the remaining ingredients. Continue whisking until milk is steamy. For an even more decadent hot chocolate, drop in a square of your favorite bittersweet chocolate.

Serve immediately with a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or a few marshmallows.

Spiced Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

 

Recipe courtesy of Babble.com

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 tablespoons hot cocoa mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

DIRECTIONS

Combine the milk, hot cocoa mix, sugar and canned pumpkin into a saucepan and place on medium heat. Stir the contents of the saucepan until it begins to steam, then remove it from the stove and add the spice and vanilla. Pour the mixture into a blender and blend for 15-20 seconds. Once the content has been blended, pour it into a cup and enjoy!

Holiday Hot White Chocolate

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 4 cups half-and-half
  • 1 pound white chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Seeds scraped from 2 vanilla beans
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup orange flavored liqueur (example: Grand Marnier)

DIRECTIONS

In a saucepan on medium heat, heat the milk and half-and-half to just below the simmering point. Remove the pan from the heat and add the white chocolate. When the chocolate is melted, add the vanilla, vanilla bean seeds, and 1/4 to 1/3 cup orange liqueur, according to taste, and whisk vigorously. Reheat very gently and serve.

Which hot chocolate recipe are you most excited to try first?