Homemade Chicken Stuffing Mix
Homemade seasoned stuffing mix: perfect substitute for packaged stuffing
3 cups dried bread cubes and crumbs*
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried chives
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
dash celery seed
2 teaspoons dried onions
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon powdered chicken bouillon
1. Cut bread into 1/2-inch cubes, or simply break apart and crumble into large crumbs.
2. Spread bread pieces on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes.
3. Reduce oven temperature to 200 degrees and continue baking for at least 2 hours, and as long as 6 hours. (Monitor bread if you've never done this before--my oven won't burn it at 200, even when left in overnight.)
4. Remove dried bread from oven and place cookie sheet on cooling rack until cool.
5. Add seasonings, stirring to mix. Store in a tightly sealed container or zipper freezer bag (will puncture light ziplock bags) until needed.
To make the stuffing:
Heat 1 3/4 - 2 cups of water to boiling. Add 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter and stir until melted. Remove from heat, stir in 3 cups of stuffing mix (1 batch), cover, and let sit for 6-8 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve, or use in a recipe.
* To make good homemade stuffing, use day-old homemade bread, preferably bread made with at least some whole grain flour(s)--wheat, corn, oat, etc.
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This is a delicious stuffing recipe, and a great use of bread that's no longer soft. It has a good flavor, and is healthful, besides! 10/10