Dressed Up: 5 Easy Ways to Spice Up Stove Top Boxed Stuffing

Dressed Up: 5 Easy Ways to Spice Up Stove Top Boxed Stuffing

When I walked into my apartment with seven boxes of Stove Top stuffing my husband looked concerned. He nervously asked, “Is there something you want to tell me?” Maybe he thought I was preparing for a Thanksgiving themed post-apocalyptic world. Or after 10 years together, he’d finally caught me in the act of nursing my obsession for the bread-based pantry staple. Fortunately for him, the copious amount of boxed stuffing wasn’t cause for concern, but for celebration: I was on a quest to spice up the affordable classic by adding a few quick and easy steps. And he got to be my taste tester. Here’s my best five:

Each recipe requires one box of Turkey Stove Top Stuffing Mix.

1. Mushroom Stuffing
Melt 1/3 cup of butter into pan over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup chopped green onion and 2 cups mushrooms, cleaned and chopped. I used baby portabella, but you can use your favorite ‘shroom. Saute for 5 minutes. Add 1 ½ cup water and bring to boil. Once it boils, remove from heat, add stuffing, mix thoroughly, cover for 5 minutes.

2. Cranberry Nut Stuffing
Melt 1/3 cup of butter over medium heat. Add cranberries and chopped walnuts (you can also use almonds or pecans) to the butter. Saute for 2 minutes. Add 1 ½ cup of water and bring to a boil. Once it boils, remove from heat, add stuffing, mix thoroughly, and cover for five minutes.

3. Jalapeno Bacon Stuffing
Start cooking 5 slices of bacon using your preferred method. I used turkey bacon and cooked it in the oven to make it crispy. Melt 1/3 cup of butter in a pan over medium heat. Wash and chop the jalapeno, removing the seeds. Remember, the seeds of a jalapeno can irritate your skin and eyes so wash your hands after handling. Add the jalapeno to the butter and saute for 5 minutes. When the bacon is done, chop it into small pieces. Add 1 ½ cup of water and bring jalapeno and butter to a boil. Once it boils, remove from heat, add stuffing and chopped bacon, mix thoroughly, and cover for five minutes.

4. Apple Onion Stuffing
Melt 1/3 cup of butter into a pan over medium heat. Chop one small onion very finely. I used a purple one, but any onion will work. Saute onion about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Chop one apple (a cooking apple like Cortland works best) into small pieces, same size as the onion. Add the apple to the cooking onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 ½ cup of water. Increase the heat and bring to boil. Once it boils, remove from heat, add stuffing, thoroughly mix all the ingredients, cover for five minutes.

5. Fiesta Stuffing
Melt 1/3 cup of butter over medium heat. Add 1/3 cup of diced green bell pepper, 1/3 cup of diced red bell pepper, and 1/3 cup of diced orange bell pepper, 1 tsp. cayenne pepper, and 1 tsp. black pepper, then saute for 5 minutes. Add 1 ½ cup of water and bring to a boil. Once it boils, remove from heat, add stuffing, mix thoroughly, and cover for five minutes.