Apple Cider Stuffing

Thanksgiving is coming, and soon!

I’ve ordered my turkey (from Popeye’s – wicked good, if you have not tried one – and well worth the $40), and plan on making our new fave Italian Beef Stuffing, but then, a friend of mine reminded me of this (also wicked good) hack to turn a box of stuffing mix into something worthy of The Day.

The secret?

Apple Cider!


My friend, Lorrie, had shared a memory of the cider stuffing on facebook, and, coincidentally, I had been having a taste for Pork Chops Baked With Sauerkraut (c’mon back tomorrow for those details) and then, my market had this pork flavored stuffing on sale for something like 90¢!

Kismet! Apple Cider Pork Stuffing!

Now, you don’t really need to add anything but the cider and some butter, and it will be good; but I added some chopped onion and celery cooked in a bit of bacon fat to make it just a little bit better.

•1 box stuffing mix
•1 cup apple cider
•4 tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
•Bacon fat (or olive oil)
•Diced onion
•Diced Celery

Warm the bacon fat in a large pan over medium heat, then add the onion and celery (and, really, any other veggies you particularly like in stuffing) and cook for eight minutes or so, until the tender.

Add the butter and the cup of cider and bring to a boil, stirring to help melt the butter.

Remove from the heat, stir in the stuffing, then cover the pan and let rest for five minutes or so.

Fluff the stuffing and serve.

Really, easy enough for Monday night, but tasty enough to serve at The Feast!

Note: this will work with most any flavor of stuffing mix; I used pork because, well, it was cheap, and it was there, and we were having those pork chops.

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