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The One Simple Swap That Makes My Stuffing So Much More Flavorful

published Nov 16, 2021
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You want a showstopping stuffing for your holiday table, but many people — chances are, your guests included — have different ideas of what that actually entails. Do you go with cornbread, challah, white bread, or something else? Nuts or fruit? Let’s not even get started on additions like oysters or sausage. I don’t know about you, but I am not one to make multiple stuffing dishes to please everyone. 

No, I wanted to find one stuffing that would please everyone at my table. With a little trial and error — and one incredibly simple swap — I finally came up with a stuffing recipe that is simple to make and results in zero complaints from my guests. 

Credit: Lauren Manaker

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What is it? I make the side using the classic ingredients: bread, celery, mushrooms, onion, eggs, sage, salt, pepper, etc. But instead of using whatever chicken stock I can find at the grocery store, I use Kettle & Fire Chicken Broth, which adds a richness to the stuffing in a subtle-yet-enticing way — a richness I haven’t found in other broths.

Related: What’s The Difference Between Stock and Broth?

Made from real bone broth (the bones from organic, free-range chickens are simmered for 14 hours!), this stuff adds a flavor, collagen, and amino acids. Plus, it includes ingredients like organic apple cider vinegar and organic herbs, and there’s no added sugar. (I’m a registered dietitian, so I’m always checking ingredient lists!)

You can swap this chicken broth into any stuffing recipe (as long as you’re not trying to make a vegetarian or vegan stuffing!) and I can promise you’ll get no complaints. Warning: There won’t be any leftovers, either.

Do you have a secret ingredient that you lean on when you make stuffing? Tell us about it in the comments below!