I can’t believe that the holiday season is upon us! With Thanksgiving only a couple weeks away and Christmas close behind I know that there are lots of holiday meals and family gatherings being planned.
There are some recipes that just say holiday to me, and one of those is definitely stuffing. I love stuffing so much, but unfortunately, my husband does not feel the same way. Insert sad face here.
Since the holidays are pretty much the only time I get my favorite side dish all year, you can bet I always volunteer to make it for any family dinner. That way I can make sure that I’ll have it the way that I like it–with leeks.
Leeks are one of my favorite vegetables and I add them to any recipe I can; they just add so much flavor to any standard dish! If you’ve always been a simple, box-mix kind of stuffing chef, don’t feel overwhelmed. It is actually really easy to make delicious stuffing from scratch and this recipe is a great place to start. The dried cranberries in this recipe provide the perfect amount of sweet tang. You can also add diced apples to this stuffing to mix it up even more.
- 12 oz . of stuffing or bread cubes
- 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
- 2 leeks chopped
- 1 cup of dried cranberries
- 1/2 chopped red onion optional
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
Melt butter in a large skillet and add in leeks (and onion, if using). Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until soft.
Pour over stuffing in a large bowl, stir in chicken broth. Add in dried cranberries.
Grease a 9x13" baking dish and fill with stuffing. Cover with foil and bake for 30-40 minutes at 350°, then uncover and bake an additional 10-15 minutes.
What is your favorite holiday recipe? What do you have to have or else it doesn’t feel like a holiday dinner?