Looking to make something memorable for the holidays? This cranberry stuffing looks festive and is simple to do for any occasion – potlucks, dinners…
The cranberries add a little tartness that will help balance out all of the other big flavors of a meal leaving you and your guest feeling completely satisfied.
- 2 TBSP of Butter - divided
- 1 Cup Onion, small diced
- 1 Cup Celery, small diced
- 1 tsp Thyme, dry
- 1 Orange worth of zest
- 1 TBSP Orange juince freshly squeezed
- 2 Cups Cranberries, fresh
- 4 Cups Chicken stock (or vegetable)
- 16 oz Seasoned breadcrumbs (or stuffing)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, spray a casserole dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
- In a pan, over medium heat, melt 1 TBSP of butter. Add in onions, celery and a pinch of salt. Cook until soft (but try not to add color), about 5 minutes.
- Add in the thyme, orange zest and orange juice. Warning, it's going to start smelling delicious...
- Add in cranberries.
- Add in the chicken or vegetable stock. I usually buy low sodium/unsalted stock, but if you didn't no worries! I will suggest that at the end, before it goes in the casserole dish, you may want to test-taste it to see if it's missing salt (or pepper).
- Helpful hint - salt actually brings out the flavors of your ingredients so if it seems a little dull add a pinch or two of salt and you will taste the difference right away.
- Stop to admire this festive picture (and the next one)
- Cook over medium heat until the cranberries start to pop (you will hear a pop sound and see them start to split - see picture below), about 3- 5 minutes.
- Take off the heat. In a bowl, combine with your bread crumb/stuffing.
- Combine the ingredients together, stirring carefully, try not to break the cranberries. You will break some, but try to keep as many as possible whole.
- This is where you will want to taste test your mixture and add in salt (or pepper). Remember my advice on this above...if in doubt sprinkle a pinch of salt.
- Add your stuffing mixture to your prepared casserole dish. And dot with the remaining 1 TBSP of butter.
- Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 10 more minutes.
Groceries Are Expensive These Days – What to do with leftover ingredients
If you have stuffing left overs you can use them in my cranberry stuffed pork tenderloin dish!