8SAFE Herb Stuffing
Talk about getting down to the wire!
It’s Thanksgiving Eve, and yes I realize that for some of you it’s too late to run around looking for ingredients to make this stuffing, no matter how good I promise you it is. So I apologize for my timing.
But for those of you who can venture out to your local health food store to find Sami’s Bakery Croutons — I promise you it’ll be worth it!
I’ve tried making this for several years now and something was always off. Either the flavor was missing something and/or the consistency was gummy.
But I finally figured it out!
Using Earth Balance soy free butter solved the flavor issue (woo-hoo!!!). Then I fixed the gummy factor by using a 9x9 pan so it can spread out and get crisp.
Voila! Thanksgiving awesomeness was born.
Happy Turkey Day!
P.S. You may find yourself hiding, down-playing, or otherwise coveting your stuffing. You’re not alone. I give you full on permission to horde right along with me, hiding it from everyone like Gallum and his precious ring.
8SAFE Herb Stuffing
*The following recipe can easily be made 8SAFE if you follow the original recipe and only use processed ingredients that are free of gluten & the top eight food allergens.
1 pkg (6oz.) Sami’s Bakery Plain Millet Croutons
1 small onion, diced (about 1 cup)
2 celery ribs, diced (about 1 cup)
1 tsp poultry seasoning (I used McCormick)
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 — 2 cups boiling water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt the Earth balance soy free butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and celery and cook until opaque. Turn off the heat and mix in the poultry seasoning, salt and pepper.
Empty the croutons into a large bowl and break up larger pieces until they’re all about the same size (about 1/2 inch).
Add the celery & onion mixture to the croutons and mix well.
Then mix in enough boiling water until moist but not gummy.
Place in a buttered 9x9 pan (use Earth Balance soy free butter) and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Cook 30 minutes. Then cook, uncovered, for and additional 15 to 25 minutes or until desired crust is achieved.
Serve hot with turkey, magic mashed potatoes, and 8SAFE gravy. :)
Always use safe handling practices when preparing an 8SAFE recipe:
Wash hands with soap and water (hand sanitizer does not remove allergens).
Wipe down all surfaces; use clean equipment; and
Avoid cross contamination of ingredients not called for in the recipe. Be mindful that allergens can become airborne in flour or powdered form. Preparing 8SAFE recipes before ‘regular’ recipes will help prevent cross contamination. Do not share equipment among recipes (For example: If you cook regular pasta alongside 8SAFE pasta, use a dedicated spoon for each. Do not use one spoon to stir both pots.)
Clean your grill thoroughly beforehand (or use a clean grill pan or tin foil on the grill) when preparing an 8SAFE recipe.
Dedicate individual serving utensils for each dish. Allow food sensitive guests to serve themselves first to reduce risk of cross contamination from serving utensils.
When in doubt, snap a photo of the ingredient list of any processed items you use for an 8SAFE recipe. You can then share the information with your guests to confirm that it’s safe.