Recipe by Gayle Wagner
"This is an easy way to make extra stuffing for a large crowd, saving stove space because it cooks in a slow cooker. Very tasty and moist!"
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fresh mushrooms, sliced
12 1/2 cups
dry bread cubes
1 1/2 teaspoons
1 1/2 teaspoons
ground black pepper
4 1/2 cups
This recipe is so popular and famous in my family that I have to make at least 2 crock pots of it. One for Thanksgiving and one for left overs.
This is a pretty moist stuffing as is. If you like drier (fluffy) stuffing, use only about 1/2 of the chicken broth. Also, I've made this with both fresh and dried herbs...and fresh is the WAY TO GO with this. It tastes so awesome. If you use fresh herbs double the amount given for the dried as fresh herbs are not as pungent as dried. It is also imperative that very stale dried bread is used. It helps soak up all that broth. If you use fresh bread it will be very, very soggy, even if you cut the amount of broth in half. This recipe does not need to be cooked for 8 hours. Make sure mix up the stuffing every so often so the edges don't form a crust...although some people in my family like it kinda crusty.
Also, the size of the bread cubes matters. My family likes it best when the cubes are about half an inch by half an inch. I personally like them bigger. Don;t make them larger than 1 inch by inch though, otherwise it is much harder to mix up the spices and butter and you will end up with pieces of bread that have no real taste to them.
I followed the directions but found it was too soggy for my liking. Also my crock pot scorched the edges. Didn't like the results
I have used this recipe for the past 4 years; I've scaled the recipe up to 25 servings for my office holiday luncheon and scaled it down to 8 servings for meals at home. I have had four years to perfect this recipe, so here are some tips.
This stuffing is very, very moist so use the butter and chicken broth sparingly.
1 cup of butter is 2 sticks - I only use 1 stick for 25 servings (two sticks left a butter layer across the top).
Also, I use only enough broth to just moisten the bread - I used the stated amount one year and ended up with stuffing soup (which everyone still said tasted wonderful).
If I use mushrooms, I use canned. I have omitted the mushrooms and added shredded carrots that I cooked with the onions, etc. I also shred the celery.
I omit the marjoram and add rosemary.
Handling such a large amount of bread cubes can be unwieldy, so I put half of the bread directly into the slowcooker, follow the directions in Step 2 using half of all the ingredients, moisten with a just enough broth, and toss lightly. Then I do the same thing with the remaining ingredients in a large bowl, which I then combine with the other half in the slowcooker.
Like some others, I only needed to cook this about 45 minutes on high and 3-4 hours on low.
All-in-all a very nice recipe that I was able to easily change to fit my tastes. When I take this to my office luncheon, there is never any left to take home!
Excellent recipe! Only changes I made were that I added all the spices to the onions and butter...mom taught me that many years ago...makes it easier to get the flavours all through the stuffing. I also finely chopped the mushrooms, so that we had the flavour, but they were disguised for the kids! Only used 2 cups of broth and cooked for about 5 1/2 hours, stirring three times to prevent sticking. All raved, thanks!
This stuffing is REALLY good. I had to add more bread though because it calls for too much broth...would be gooey. Next time I'll start with less broth. Also, I would decrease the salt to one tsp..was a tad too salty.
I've made my stuffing this way for years. If you periodically add some drippings from the turkey, this will come out tasting EXACTLY like it was made inside the bird!
This was a fantastic alternative to in-the-bird stuffing, and it tasted great! Five stars for saving space in my oven, but just four overall because I thought it needed a couple of adjustments:
I omitted the eggs entirely. I just didn't think the stuffing needed it, and it tasted and looked perfectly good without.
I started with about 2 cups of chicken broth, and added some drippings from my turkey as it cooked. Make sure you mix the stuffing thoroughly each time you do this.
For those of you who want to also save time on Turkey Day, I took care of steps 1 and 2 the night before, and put the crock pot into the fridge overnight. Pulled it out and plugged it in mid-afternoon the next day, and it was perfect with our meal after 4 hours on low.
Great! Finally a stuffing you can make out of the turkey that is moist. I used fresh mushrooms which I sauteed with the other stuff and because of the mushroom 'sweat' I used only 1 and 1/4 cans of broth and it was perfect (and my bread cubes were very dry). I also added three chopped apples about 1 hour before serving and it was great - also only cooked for 4 hrs on low and it was great (added a bit of broth after about 3 hrs to keep the sides from crusting).
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Slow Cooker Stuffing
Serving Size: 1/16 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 16
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 122
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