Posted by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch / Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Crock Pot Stuffing
I know it's after Thanksgiving but I received so many emails this year for my Crock Pot Stuffing, I decided it's better late then never.
We've actually enjoyed Crock Pot Stuffing a few times in the last month or two, with plans of posting the recipe, but we always seemed to run out of daylight before Colt could capture a finished photo.
Luckily the light was perfect on Thanksgiving, and he captured a few shots before the stuffing went to the table.
I started making stuffing in the crock pot on Thanksgiving 2 years ago following my car accident.
I had a hard time rolling out of bed extra early that day, and a stuffed 30lb Turkey could have taken an extra 2 hours leaving dinner long over due.
I had plenty of kitchen help between Colt and the kids, but they needed my direction.
When your living in chronic pain you start to prioritize what really matters in the day, and on that particular day I knew I needed the extra sleep, after a night of tossing and turning.
From past experience I knew cooking the excess stuffing in a casserole dish never created the moist flavorful stuffing that came from the Turkey, and required valuable oven space.
It was dry, and no matter what I did it just wasn't my first choice, so I decided I would test out the slow cooker, to not only save oven space, but on time.
After 15 years of Stuffing the Turkey, my ways have been eternally changed.
Not only does the Stuffing smell amazing, but you won't miss the flavor, with a few simple tricks.
It's moist and flavorful, with a lightly crispy edge similar to dressing.
Crock Pot Stuffing really is the best of both worlds.
In a large skillet melt 1/3 cup Butter and sauté 2 whole Medium Sized Diced Onions, until onions start to caramelize.
(If you want to make Giblet Stuffing or Sausage Stuffing add ingredients to the onions.)
Stir in 6 cloves Minced Garlic, 8 stalks Diced Celery, 2 whole Seeded and Diced Granny Smith Apples, 1/4 cup Minced Fresh Sage, 2 tablespoons Fresh Thyme Stems Removed, 2 tablespoons Fresh Rosemary Stems Removed, 1/4 cup Chopped Parsley, 1 teaspoon Salt, and 1 teaspoon Pepper. Cook until garlic and herbs become fragrant.
Stir in 1 1/2 cups Dry White Wine like Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay, and bring to a simmer.
Cook off the alcohol for about 5 minutes until the wine has reduced.
Stir Vegetable/Wine mixture into 12 cups Dried 1/2" Bread Cubes until well combined.
(I usually use French Bread, but a combination of French Bread, Corn Bread, and Sourdough are delicious too.)
Then slowly stir in between 2 1/2-3 cups Turkey or Chicken Stock until bread is lightly moistened but not soggy.
Taste stuffing and add Salt and Pepper if needed.
Butter bottom and sides of a 6 quart Slow Cooker and add stuffing mixture.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
Baste stuffing with Turkey Drippings once they become dark or additional broth about 3-4 times as it cooks.
If bread starts to become too brown around edges turn slow cooker to warm until ready to serve.
The secret to really good Crock Pot Stuffing is not over moistening the bread when adding it to the Slow Cooker so it steams as it cooks and the additional basting of juices to not only reach the perfect consistency, but the additional flavors of the Turkey.
Serve stuffing out of the Slow Cooker or place in a pretty bowl.
This stuffing can also be used inside the Turkey just baste the opening with the stuffing as the bird cooks. Either way you can't go wrong.