If you’re looking to add flavour to your favourite dishes, then stuffing may be the answer. A rule of thumb to ensure your stuffing is moist but not mushy is to use dry bread cubes. The most popular stuffed dish is turkey, but various types of poultry, meats and vegetables can also be stuffed. This guide explores the art of stuffing and moves beyond the traditional stuffed turkey dish to explore how stuffing complements many other dishes as well.
How to Make Stuffing
There is no single way to approach stuffing, and most recipes can be adapted to meet the tastes of your dinner guests. There is, however, a basic formula that can serve as a guide for making stuffing. Mix a base of dried bread with sautéed vegetables and meat (if desired), season with herbs and spices, add chicken or vegetable stock to bind the ingredients, and gently toss. You can complement your other dishes by experimenting with herbs and seasonings in the stuffing. Don’t be afraid to get creative.
If you’re in a pinch there are some really tasty store-bought stuffing options available. You can make it straight up by following the directions on the box, or use it as a base and add your own extras. A simple way to make your store-bought stuffing a succulent success is to add chicken stock to moisten it and enhance the flavour. You can also add more spices to make it your own.
Stuffed Turkey & Chicken
Stuffed turkey is one of the most popular holiday meals. The key to successfully stuffing a turkey is to not over-stuff, as stuffing expands upon cooking. The best way to ensure your stuffing is savoury is to select spices that complement turkey such as parsley, sage, and thyme. You could also make a themed dish such as Cajun-inspired stuffing, which would feature creole seasoning, allspice, and cayenne to give it an extra kick.
There are a variety of ingredients you can use to stuff chicken. Popular choices include broccoli and feta cheese, Parmesan cheese and sundried tomatoes, or roasted red peppers and goat cheese. A great way to ensure your chicken holds the savoury stuffing flavour is to stuff underneath the skin. If you are using boneless and skinless chicken, you can pop the stuffed chicken breasts into the freezer briefly before cooking to ensure the stuffing binds, and doesn’t leak out onto the pan.
Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
If you want to cook a meal that is both visually appealing and delicious then give stuffed pork tenderloin a try. The key thing to keep in mind when stuffing pork tenderloin is to make your cuts into the meat only halfway down so that the stuffing doesn’t leak out. There are many stuffing ingredients that complement pork such as mushrooms, chopped pecans, grated Parmesan cheese and red peppers.
Stuffing fish is a quick way to create a delicious dinner for your family. Simply take a small fillet and pour the stuffing ingredients on the fish, and then place another fillet on top to create a layered effect. Fish can be stuffed with other seafood such as crab, or with different kinds of rice and vegetables.
Stuffed Peppers and Tomato
If you are in need of a quick side dish to complement your meal, try stuffed peppers. Stuffed peppers can be created using just about anything. One of the more popular choices is ground beef or sausage with feta cheese, garlic, onion, and tomato. This tasty treat is easy to prepare and takes very little time to bake. Combine with a rice of your choice, and stuffed peppers can be a meal all on their own.
Stuffed tomatoes are a good side dish for a barbequed meal. Try stuffing tomatoes with spinach, bacon, sour cream and seasonings of your choice. Then top them off with your favourite cheese, bake, and enjoy! You can also do stuffed tomatoes with ground beef or sausage to keep the meat lovers happy. If you are looking for a vegetarian option, then you can stuff with any grilled vegetables you desire.
Stuffed potatoes are a satisfying and tasty side dish that will complement many meals. One example of a delicious pairing for stuffed potatoes is grilled steak. A simple method you can use to make stuffed potatoes is to bake the potatoes, then carefully hollow them out, and combine ingredients such as shredded cheddar cheese, and sour cream with onion dip. Then put the mixture back into the skins and bake again until cheese is melted.
Stuffed mushrooms are a savoury selection to pair with almost any meal. You can make stuffed mushrooms using either button mushrooms, or portabella mushrooms. In both cases, you would hollow out the mushroom and spoon your favourite ingredients into the cavity. Broccoli, bacon bits, sunflower seeds and grated cheddar cheese work well as stuffing ingredients.
- Think beyond the bread: you can stuff with nuts, rice, barley, fruits, couscous, vegetables and more
- When stuffing with bread, ensure the bread is dry so that it won’t become mushy
- Stuffing should be prepared just prior to use
- If you’re using meat in your stuffing ensure it is cooked prior to stuffing
- Flavourful stuffing is great for meats with a mild taste like pork and ocean fish
- Lightly seasoned stuffing is best for flavourful meats such as wild game and fresh water fish
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