Recipe: Almost stove-top stuffing

by Julie Snyder

stuffingThere's one at every gathering. This person discovers that you are not serving stuffing with the turkey. Their horrified expression infers that you are guilty of sacrilege.

You can easily prevent this outrageous violation of family tradition, quickly and simply. Our simple Thanksgiving cheat gets it from the stove to table almost instantly.

Almost stove-top stuffing

Prep time: 10 minutes | Total time: 15 minutes | Yield: 6 servings


• 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
• 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
• 1/2 cup carrot, finely chopped
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1 1/2 cups water
• seasoning packet
• box of stove-top stuffing mix


In a large pan, heat the butter. Sauté the vegetables until barely tender, about 2 minutes.

Add the seasoning packet and water. Bring to a boil. Cover and boil 4 minutes. Remove from the pan from the heat.

Stir in the bread crumbs and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Cook's note

My children aren't fans of sage overdose. Instead of the seasoning packet that comes with the stuffing, we use poultry seasoning. It tastes a lot like my grandmother's home-made stuffing and I know how much work goes into that!

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