Stuffing from a box can taste just as delicious as any homemade recipe with a few quick tricks!
Saute a bit of celery in butter, add mushrooms, fresh parsley and broth. Then simply bake it in the oven for an easy boxed stuffing that is every bit as savory and delicious as its homemade cousin. Thanksgiving just got a little bit easier thanks to this shortcut recipe!
Easy Stuffing Recipe!
- Boxed stuffing tastes great simply by doctoring it up a bit!
- Just a few easy additions and it will taste as good or better than homemade stuffing!
- Get creative and add in favorite stuffing ingredients of your own!
- Make ahead, then keep it warm in the Crockpot to free up the oven for other dishes.
Simple Stuffing Ingredients
As much as we love homemade stuffing, a boxed mix makes for a quick side dish!
BOXED STUFFING MIX: Use any preferred brand or variety, because the magic happens when the other ingredients are added. Turkey, pork, or chicken-flavored stuffing mix will work.
VEGETABLES: Onions, celery, mushrooms, and fresh parsley are the ingredients that will give boxed stuffing a homemade facelift!
BUTTER: Real butter makes everything taste better, especially when it comes to stuffing. It’s the secret ingredient for the best flavor.
BROTH: Use low sodium chicken broth (or substitute turkey stock, mushroom, or even vegetable broth) since boxed stuffing mix has enough salt in it.
How To Make Stuffing from A Box
To make the best Thanksgiving stuffing that no one will believe came from a box, just follow a few easy steps!
- Saute onion, celery, and mushrooms in butter (as per recipe below).
- Add boxed stuffing to a prepared baking dish.
- Mix in onion mixture, fresh parsley and broth.
- Bake until golden brown.
It’s not hard to come up with variations on this recipe. Just think of some favorite stuffing ingredients, and add them in!
- Try cooking apples with the onions and mushrooms, add in some raisins, or for a savory addition, try browning some sausage crumbles or chopped bacon.
- Add in some Italian seasoning or try some fresh rosemary or other savory kitchen herbs. Even shredded zucchini or a whipped egg make great additions and add extra moisture to this dish.
Quick Tips & Tricks
- Store leftover stuffing in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
- Heat up leftovers in a hot griddle, in the oven, or even in the microwave.
- Try it with a bit of cranberry sauce on the side, some homemade white gravy on top, or use stuffing to top leftover turkey casserole. Crunchy stuffing will even taste great crumbled on top of a bowl of chicken pot pie soup.
- Or, just eat it as a savory snack on its own!
Other Easy Stuffing Favorites!
- Easy Slow Cooker Stuffing – savory holiday side!
- Cranberry Stuffing Muffins – a unique way to serve stuffing
- Stuffing Waffles – so delicious
- Zucchini Casserole With Stuffing – for any time of year
- Cheesy Spinach Stuffing Casserole– made with stuffing mix
Shortcut Stuffing From A Box
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ large onion chopped
- 2 ribs celery chopped
- 2 ounces mushrooms sliced, optional
- 1 ½ tablespoons fresh parsley or 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 box stuffing mix any variety, 6 oz each
- 2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 1 quart baking dish.
- Heat butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and mushrooms, cook until tender, about 5-6 minutes.
- Place the box stuffing mix into the prepared baking dish. Add the onion mixture, parsley and 1 cup of broth. Stir and let rest 3 minutes. Add the remaining broth a bit at a time to reach desired consistency.
- Bake uncovered until golden, about 20-25 minutes.
- This recipe can be doubled or tripled and cooked in a 9x13 pan for 30 minutes.
- Refrigerate leftovers in a covered container for 3-4 days.
- Reheat on a hot griddle, in the oven or in the microwave.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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