Apple Walnut Stuffing

Yes, I used boxed stuffing mix and yes, this is way better than the manufacturers of that boxed mix ever intended it to be. Since Thanksgiving day is all about cooking as much food as humanly possible (wait, did I get that right?), I like to take a couple short cuts. Instead of making stuffing from scratch, I like to take the boxed mix and jazz it up until it’s insanely good. So, I added a little of this (sauteed onions, celery and golden delicious apples) and a little of that (chopped walnuts) and in about 15 minutes flat I have a big ‘ol pot of Thanksgiving goodness. As a matter of fact, this is so good I’m pretty sure that I’ll be making it ALL THE TIME, not just for thanksgiving.

Apple Walnut Stuffing
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Total Recipe cost: $4.18
Servings Per Recipe: 6+
Cost per serving: $0.70
Prep time: 5 min. Cook time: 10 min. Total: 5 min.

2 boxesstuffing mix$1.58
2 mediumgolden delicious apples$.78
3 stalkscelery$0.33
1 mediumyellow onion$0.33
4 Tbspbutter$0.52
1/4 cupchopped walnuts$0.64
TOTAL $4.18

STEP 1: Dice the onion and celery. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Once it is melted, add the onion and celery and cook until it is just softened.

STEP 2: While the onion and celery begin to cook, core and dice the apples. Also, before chopping the apples, begin to boil 3 cups of water in a large pot. Add the apples to the onion and celery once they have cooked until just barely soft. Cook for about one minute more or until the apples have gotten slightly soft around the edges. The water should be just beginning to boil at this point.

onions, apples, celery

STEP 3: Spoon the cooked onions, celery and apples into the boiling water. Immediately add the two boxes of stuffing mix. Stir briefly, replace the lid on the pot, remove from the burner and let sit for 5 minutes.

STEP 4: Once the mixture has absorbed all of the water, gently stir in the 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts.

apple walnut stuffing

STEP 5: You can either serve this dish immediately (as pictured above) or spoon into a casserole dish (sprayed with non-stick spray) and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes or until the top gets crispy. I’m a fan of the quick preparation, so I like to eat it just the way it is!

NOTE: Making stuffing from scratch isn’t all that hard but for such a low price, I don’t mind having half of the steps already taken care of for me. There are many different things you can add to boxed stuffing mix to make them great such as dried or fresh cranberries, sausage and fresh herbs. What types of add-ins do you like in your stuffing?