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Last-Minute Customized Dressing (Stuffing) for Thanksgiving


So, Thanksgiving is nearly here, and you’re staring at a bag of dressing mix and wondering how to make this your own. Have no fear. Customizing your stuffing is easy and painless. All you need are a few minutes to prepare your additions, and your stuffing will be one of the most talked about side dishes of the day!

Pepperidge Farm sent me a few different stuffing varieties to try to make my own creation from. Creating a customized dressing isn’t hard. All you need to do is decide what it is you want to add to make your dressing yours. For me, this meant plenty of wild rice and mushrooms. The nuttiness of the wild rice and the earthiness of the mushrooms just pair perfectly in my world, and being that I’m from Minnesota, wild rice is king.

You may choose something completely different. At one point I considered adding orange zest and cranberries to my dressing mix. Wouldn’t that be a fun and tangy twist? You could also add roasted nuts like almonds or walnuts, different fresh herbs or a mix of vegetable scraps you have around the house. (I won’t tell they’re scraps.)

Now that you know what you’re adding to the dressing, heat a bit of butter or oil in a large saute pan or saucepan. Cook your vegetables until they’re nice and tender. In my case, I also needed to cook my wild rice before I could add it. When your vegetables are ready, add the water (or broth) and the stuffing mix. Stir and – presto – your stuffing is customized and ready to go.

Of course, adding the dressing…err…stuffing to the bird and cooking it in there is a different ballgame, and it’s not one I play. I just don’t trust that all those pieces get hot all the way through. I’m a stove top or casserole dish dressing eater and maker myself.

Wild Rice Stuffing

2 tablespoons butter
1 cup cut celery
2 shallots, minced
1 cup chanterelle mushrooms, sliced
2 cups cooked wild rice
4 cups Herb-Seasoned Pepperidge Farm Stuffing Mix
1 1/4 cups water
1/4 cup dry white wine

Melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add in celery and shallots and saute for 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes until celery is tender and mushrooms are cooked through. Stir in wild rice. Add water and white wine and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in stuffing mix. Cover and allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Makes 6-8 servings.

How do you customize your stuffing for Thanksgiving?

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