Garlic & Herb Stuffing is a savory, simple Thanksgiving dressing featuring both French bread and cornbread, and it can be customized with your favorite herbs and add-ins!
So last week I brought you Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes and Mini Pecan Pies. This week I’m bringing you this delicious Garlic & Herb Stuffing, a tasty veggie side, and quite possibly the best darn turkey you’ll ever try. ANNND, you do not want to miss the awesome Thanksgiving Recipe Blog Hop happening right here this coming Wednesday! I guess you could say we’re officially in a Thanksgiving frame of mind these days.
What’s funny, however, is that seeing as how my family ate (devoured actually, and quite happily at that) a pretty much full-fledged Turkey Day meal this past weekend, they might be a tad less enthusiastic about a repeat dinner on the official holiday in a few short weeks. Ah, the drawbacks of being a food blogger…
Anyway, back to this stuffing! (Or is it dressing? What do you call it? I honestly waver back and forth…) Anyway, this stuffing/dressing is sublime. I first heard the notion of combining white bread and cornbread in a stuffing about seven years ago over at a blog by the little-known Pioneer Woman. I tried her recipe back then and wow…it was undoubtedly the best stuffing I had ever had. In fact, it’s been right up there as my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal ever since…and that’s saying a lot, seeing as how I grew up on stuffing á la Stovetop and never particularly cared for it (at all).
This stuffing is full of flavor — thanks to fresh minced garlic and plenty of fresh herbs — but it also boasts incredible texture. The cornbread soaks up the seasoned broth and crumbles, keeping the stuffing moist, while the cubes of French bread remain intact and slightly chewy. I always buy my French bread (using a loaf similar to the one pictured in this recipe, in case you’re curious about what kind to buy) but make my own cornbread using my Homemade Cornbread Mix. And I like to add a little honey so that my cornbread is slightly sweet, which I think is a nice contrast in this savory stuffing.
As for flavoring this Garlic & Herb Stuffing, well, there’s plenty of fresh minced garlic and fresh herbs! I always like to start with parsley, rosemary, and thyme as my base herbs. Then if I’m using another herb in the meal — such as sage in the turkey, for example — I incorporate a bit of that into my stuffing as well, to help tie everything together.
I like to keep my stuffing simple and straightforward — bread, garlic, herbs, broth — since there’s often a lot going on in the other Thanksgiving side dishes. However, the nice thing about this stuffing is that you can easily jazz it up if you want to. Reduce the garlic and add in the traditional onions and celery. Spice it up with some bell pepper chunks. Throw in savory sauteed mushrooms. Fold in some crispy cooked bacon or crumbled sausage. Make it your own!
Whether you prefer it plain or decide to toss in your favorite additions, this Garlic & Herb Stuffing is sure to be a popular addition to your table this Turkey Day! At our fake, food blogging-induced Thanksgiving dinner this past weekend, my eldest child declared it his favorite part of the meal and asked, “Can you eat this stuff all year long or only on Thanksgiving?” Guess I know what someone’s going to be requesting for his birthday dinner come August… 😉
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
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