Feeling the stress of the pre-Thanksgiving Day meal prep? Now you can free up valuable oven space and still whip up a crowd-pleasing side dish by handing over the stuffing-making reigns to the KitchenAid® Multi-Cooker with Stir Tower.
This classic stuffing recipe stars all of the traditional stuffing flavors (hello, sweet-smelling sage!) and best of all, it can be cooked and kept warm in the Multi-Cooker while you prepare the rest of your Turkey Day feast.
As the basis of all stuffing recipes, the bread you use will lend big flavor and texture to the dish. But the great news is that you can’t go wrong with any single variety or combination of carbs. I’ve opted for a mix of sourdough and whole wheat breads, as I like the texture of the sourdough and the hearty flavor of the whole wheat.
Most important of all: Stale bread is always best for stuffing. It absorbs more moisture than fresh bread and results in a less soggy stuffing.
After you’ve tossed the bread cubes with the broth and seasonings, set the mixture aside to give the bread time to soak up the flavors. And then it’s time to attach the Stir Tower to your Multi-Cooker and switch it to the “Sauté” mode.
The Multi-Cooker takes all of the stress and stirring out of preparing stuffing. The Stir Tower gently moves the chopped onions, celery and carrots around in the pan to prevent them from scorching. And once the veggies are cooked, all that’s left to do is add in the bread mixture and switch the setting to “Low – Slow Cooker.”
At this point, you’re free to walk away and continue on with preparing your feast. The Multi-Cooker will slowly cook the stuffing while slightly crisping the bread on top and plumping up the dried cranberries.
Four hours later, the stuffing is ready to be served in the KitchenAid® Nesting Ceramic Dish to your hungry holiday guests. Best of all, the “Keep Warm” setting on the Multi-Cooker allows you to serve the stuffing minutes or hours after it has finished cooking. So no matter how on (or off!) schedule you may be, everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving side dish will be ready, waiting and warm.
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Multi-Cooker Thanksgiving Stuffing
Makes 10 servings
1 (14.5-ounce) can low sodium chicken broth
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
12 cups cubed bread
1 cup dried cranberries
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup diced onion
2/3 cup diced celery
2/3 cup diced carrots
Chopped parsley, for garnish
In a large liquid measuring cup, whisk together the chicken broth, eggs, salt, pepper, sage and thyme.
In a large bowl, mix together the cubed bread and dried cranberries. Pour the liquid mixture over the bread and toss to thoroughly combine. Set the bowl aside.
Turn the KitchenAid® Multi-Cooker to the “Sauté” mode and attach the Stir Tower. Turn on the Stir Tower and add the butter to the Multi-Cooker. Once the butter has melted, add the onion, celery, and carrots and cook for about 3 minutes.
Remove the Stir Tower and stir in the bread mixture. Change the Multi-Cooker to the “Low – Slow Cooker” setting and cover it with the lid. Cook the stuffing for 4 hours or until a thermometer reads 160°F.
Transfer the stuffing to a serving dish, garnish with chopped parsley and serve.
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