One of my favorite things on Christmas Day is the smell of the onions, celery and butter cooking and filling the house. My grandmas stuffing is traditional and a favorite part of the Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner festivities. We deep-fried our first turkey a couple of years ago for Thanksgiving. We skipped the stuffing thinking there was no other way to prepare it. I mean it is called stuffing, we stuff it in a turkey.
This Christmas we discovered a way to enjoy both worlds. We made the stuffing in the crockpot. I have a love-hate affair with my crockpot. I love the idea of the crockpot but I hate that I have not mastered the art. Everything comes out looking and tasting the same. I was worried my Grandmas stuffing would suffer the same fate. After reading up on how a unstuffed bird cooks evenly and faster, I was willing to take the risk. The rest of my family looked on with doubt and a little worry that the crockpot and I would ruin Christmas dinner and create a “Remember when you” story that would last generations. Something happened though. The house filled with the wonderful scent of stuffing cooking and our turkey was accompanied by a familiar stuffing. I mean you could not tell that this stuffing was cooked beside the turkey and not in it.
Grandmas Stuffing in the Crockpot
- 1/2 loaf of White Bread (dried and cut in cubes)
- 1/2 loaf of Whole Wheat Bread (dried and cut in cubes)
- 1/2 Cup of butter
- 1/2 foot of celery (I chop the whole celery stalk including leaves until I have chopped half of it)
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 teaspoons of poultry seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 to 1 1/2 Cups of Chicken Stock
Melt butter on stove top in frying pan. Add celery and onion and cook until soft. Season with poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Add cut up bread cubes and mix well. Remove from heat. Add to crockpot and mix in 1 to 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock. Judge the amount of chicken stock to add according to consistency you wish to have.
Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce to low and cook for another hour.