The basic technique:
MAKE SURE cubed bread is dry. It should feel "stale." It's all about letting the chicken broth and butter seep into the bread, and to do that, dry bread is essential. Ideally, start a couple days ahead of time and cube bread in to 1 inch cubes. Use any mixture of bread you like; I prefer rustic sandwich bread. Let these cubes dry out either overnight, or in a very low oven on a couple sheetpans (you want maximum surface area.) Be careful not to "toast" or "brown" the bread -- you really just want it dried out and as close to crunchy as you can get.
Then -- when ready, saute onions, carrots and celery in butter over medium-low heat. You don't want to brown the onions, you really just want to sweat them. Cook, stirring often, until the onion is golden, about 10 minutes.
Scrape the vegetables and butter into a large bowl. Add the stuffing and parsley. Stir in enough of the stock to moisten the stuffing, about 2 1/2 cups. Season with the poultry seasoning, toss well, taste, adjust with salt and pepper and poultry seasoning to your own taste.
Use to stuff turkey, or place in a buttered baking dish, drizzle with an additional 1/2 cup stock, cover, and a bake as a side dish.
Yield: 10 cups:
Optional -- Homemade Poultry Seasoning: Combine 1 teaspoon each crumbled dried rosemary, crumbled dried sage, dried thyme, dried marjoram, and celery salt with 1/4 teaspoon freshly milled black pepper. Crush together in a mortar and pestle, mini-food processor, or spice grinder.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (371g)|
|Recipe Makes: 6 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 185 (45%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 20.5g||27 %|
|Saturated Fat 11g||55 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 5.9g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 2g|
|Cholesterol 47.9mg||15 %|
|Sodium 813.3mg||28 %|
|Potassium 446.5mg||12 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 44.8g||13 %|
|Dietary Fiber 2.5g||10 %|
|Sugars, other 42.3g|
|Protein 11.8g||17 %|
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Calories per serving: 412
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