Stuffing on Thanksgiving. There are a lot of big choices to make. The varieties of stuffing to prepare are seemingly endless. But the first, most important choice to make is whether you will make it from scratch or from a pre-packaged mix. This was the most difficult choice to make for this series, but I decided on a pre-packaged mix. Here's why: I wanted this first Thanksgiving Series to focus on being budget-friendly and beginner-friendly. This easy Pepperidge Farm stuffing is a breeze to make. Plus, there are a lot of add-ons to choose from to elevate a packaged mix. I'll get to that in a moment.
Thanksgiving: The One Time a Year You Cook a Turkey!
Welcome to my Thanksgiving Series! This is a feast I made for about $95 and it serves 8-10 people. You’ll probably still have some leftovers too! I bought a whopping 19 ½ pound turkey and economized as much as I could to keep this under $100. I know staying on a budget is important. This is my first Thanksgiving as a food blogger and I hope to add new Turkey Day recipes each year. The dinner here is a budget-friendly, beginner-friendly option.
All the Thanksgiving Essentials to Accompany This Easy Pepperidge Farm Stuffing:
- Thanksgiving Turkey & Gravy
- Fantastic No-Frills Mashed Potatoes
- Steamed Brussel Sprouts w/Toasted Pine Nuts & Bacon Bits
- Sautéed Butternut Squash with Caramelized Leeks & Thyme
- Killer Apple Pie with Butter Crust
How to Elevate This Easy Pepperidge Farm Stuffing
Most pre-packaged brands will instruct you to add the celery and onions to the mix. Don't skip this since it's essential to enhance the flavor of the mix. More ideas to flavor enhance:
- I added apples to my recipe. Chop them in small pieces and add them to the onions and celery pan.
- You could also add dried cranberries or craisins. Toward the end of cooking the celery/onion mixture, add them to the pan and mix to combine. They don't need to cook for more than a minute.
- Toasted and chopped pecans are really great in stuffing. You can toast the nuts in a pan and mix them into the stuffing or simply sprinkle on top as a garnish.
- Ground Italian sausage is a great way to add another dimension of flavor to your stuffing. Cook in a pan on medium heat and break the sausage into pieces as it's cooking. Meat should be crumbly. It only takes about 5-8 minutes to cook. Then add that to the onion pan with the onion/celery mix is finished
- On Thanksgiving Day, I took some of the juices from the turkey pan and transferred to a squeeze bottle. I squeezed the juices on top of my stuffing.
- Top your stuffing with thin pats of butter before baking in the oven.
Now go forth and cook with pre-packaged stuffing! This easy Pepperidge Farm stuffing IS really delicious and don't let anyone tell you different!
Looking for Some Snacky, Appetizer Things Too?
- Holiday Appetizers: Phyllo Cups FIVE WAYS!
- Stuffed Mushrooms w/Sausage, Cheddar & Panko
- Nana's Weird Hot Dog Appetizer (the kids will love this!)
- Honey Butter Bourbon Shrimp
- Brown Sugar Bacon Sticks Brushed w/Maple Syrup
- Apple Brie Crostini w/Pecans & Honey
- Warm Shrimp & Gorgonzola Dip w/Pancetta Bacon (make-ahead friendly)
- Crispy Thai Pork Toast (make-ahead friendly)
- Crunchy Baked Kale Chips (great for vegetarians)