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Doctored Up Box Mix Stuffing for Thanksgiving - Bachelor on the Cheap

Thanksgiving Stuffing
This stuffing, sorry, "Dressing" is so good, it can be a meal all by itself.

Doctored Up Box Mix Stuffing - Some people call it stuffing, others call it dressing.  What's the difference?  Stuffing is cooked inside the cavity of the bird so it can pick up the juices from the turkey, adding flavor.  The flavor is great, but there is the risk of pulling the turkey too early, it's not done, a rare turkey = rare stuffing, not good.  Dressing is cooked outside the turkey, on the stove (hence the name "Stove Top") in a saucepan, oven baked in its own dish or even in the microwave.  I prefer 'dressing' done in the oven, which gives you those crispy edges and corners, YUM!


  • 1 box of stuffing mix, prepared as directed
  • 2-3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2-3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1/2 pound pork sausage (optional)
  • 4 ounces of white button or baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A dusting of Parmesan Cheese (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare the stuffing mix as directed using the stove top directions and set aside.  TIPUsing chicken stock instead of water adds a lot of flavor, but go with a low sodium stock so you don't over do it on the salt intake.  In a saute' pan over medium heat, add the carrots, onion, celery and mushrooms, stirring until softened.  During the last minute or so of the saute', add the minced garlic, hitting the mixture with salt and pepper.  Combine the stuffing and veggies in a large, greased baking dish, folding all the ingredients together.  Using the saute' pan, brown the optional pork sausage.  After browning, add to the stuffing mixture.  Cover and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove the cover, dust with the optional Parmesan cheese and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until edges are crispy to your liking.

This is another classic Thanksgiving side that is very Bachelor on the Cheap budget friendly.  The box mixes are cheap and everything else you add to the dish you probably already have on hand, with exception to the sausage.

And if you have a smoker or a Weber Kettle grill, kick things up another notch with an additional touch, preparing the dressing in a cast iron skillet and putting it on the smoker or with indirect heat on the grill using pecan wood to absorb a hint of smoke.

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