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When it comes to making stuffing for the Thanksgiving table, I take a shortcut of using a packaged stuffing mix. My favorite kind of stuffing is cornbread.
Last year I used the Kraft brand of cornbread stuffing mix that’s pictured above. Here are the package directions for Kraft cornbread stovetop stuffing mix: bring 1 1/2 cups of water and 1/4 cup of vegetable spread to a boil, then add the stuffing mix, stir, cover and remove from heat. In 5 minutes, it will be ready!
I make one change to the package directions of the stuffing mix: I add butter instead of a vegetable spread. Butter tastes so much better and doesn’t have trans fats!
Making stuffing from the package is easy enough, but I go even further by taking another shortcut: I make it ahead! Yes, I’m that lazy :) I just don’t want to fumble with the stuffing while the guests are sitting there. What I do is make the stuffing the morning of Thanksgiving, then keep it on “Warm” setting in the slow cooker. It makes absolutely no difference in the taste.
I don’t stuff the turkey, so stuffing is a separate dish. I make turkey using an outstanding foolproof no-baste roast turkey recipe. This recipe is very unique – it uses brown paper grocery shopping bag! It makes the best turkey I’ve ever tasted, and the easiest too. If you like tasty turkey with no effort, you must check that recipe out!
Another lazy person’s holiday side dish is make-ahead mashed potatoes. They can be made several days ahead, and they are so good!
Also, stuffing is not just for the holiday turkey. You can make stuffing as a side dish on regular days. Using packaged stuffing is so easy, it makes an instant side dish on busy nights. Get out of your side dish rut! I always keep a box of packaged stuffing in my pantry. When I’m tired of the usual side dishes and am short on time, packaged stuffing saves the day :)
Here’s a picture of cornbread stuffing just made on the stove: