Well? How’s it going? If you are cooking for Thanksgiving, is your menu done? Have you starting grocery shopping? Finished? I think I just finished up today but I’m fairly certain I’ve forgotten at least 1 thing. Or 7. But still, I’m pretty pumped that I have most of what I need and have carefully planned out just the right amount of slow cookers to use. I’m pretty sure on Turkey Day we will actually end up eating Stove Top Stuffing at the request of my family (which totally works for me, by the way!) but I did want to play around with the idea of creating a homemade stuffing this year. Therefore, Thanksgiving came a little early at our house this year and we had this Caramelized Apple Stuffing the other day along with some yummy BBQ chicken!
Verdict? We all actually really liked it! Enough to change our years long tradition? Probably not, only because most nights we are trying out new recipes and holidays tend to be our days to stick with our old favorites 🙂 But we will have this again either during a different holiday or during any meal that would go well with stuffing!
If you are on the hunt for something a little different, this may fit the bill. Slightly sweet from the apples and just a little tart from the cranberries, it has a fun fallish flavor that would go perfectly with a turkey or a number of any other meals. The best part? Using the slow cooker, of course.
- 12 oz of dried bread crumbs (like the ones they sell around the grocery store in little bags this time of year)
- 3 tablespoon butter
- 2 apples (I used honey crisp)
- 3 ribs of celery
- ½ yellow sweet onion
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ cup sweetened dried cranberries
- 2-3 cups chicken broth
- 1 egg
- Measure and set aside bread crumbs
- In large skillet over medium high heat melt 3 tablespoons butter
- Peel and core apples and dice into bite sized pieces
- Peel onion, cut in half and then slice into thin pieces
- Slice celery ribs
- Add apples, onion and celery to melted butter in skillet and sauté for 6-8 minutes until they start to turn golden brown
- Add seasonings and continue to sauté for another minute or 2
- Remove from heat and add breadcrumbs and cranberries to skillet
- Slowly add broth a little at a time until all breadcrumbs are moistened but not soggy
- Whisk together egg and stir into mixture
- Transfer to slow cooker that has been sprayed with nonstick spray
- Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-6 (until egg has fully cooked and texture is to desired crunchiness)
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