Stuffing, in cooking means to fill a food item with another food mixture. The stuffing is usually starch combined with onions, celery, etc and seasoning. You can use stuffing in fruits, vegetables and most especially in meats. Birds are the favorites, since they readily have cavities that you can stuff and serve whole.
In the U.S during Thanksgiving it is also a tradition to serve turkey. The usual turkey stuffing consists of bread crumbs or croutons, celery, onion, carrots, salt, herbs, spices and other seasonings. Due to this tradition and to cater to people’s demand of an easier way to make stuffing, Stove Top Stuffing was created.
Stove Top is a brand name now under Kraft General Foods that pioneered instant bread based stuffing. It can be prepared through mixture of water and cooking over the stove. It is available in several flavors: Chicken, Cornbread, Turkey, Pork, Beef, Savory Herb, Mushroom and Onion, etc.
The primary purpose of Stove Top is for stuffing but variations of how you can use the brand for an inexpensive meal are available. In just 40 minutes or less, you can use this stuffing as the main meal itself. It saves you a lot of time, energy and is cost effective as well. Here are some quick steps to create a meal out of the boxed stuffing.
- Prepare the Materials. You need a box of the Stove Top Stuffing and 1 pound of boneless chicken. You should also prepare 2 diced boiled eggs, ½ cups both of chopped onion and chopped celery.
- Prepare the Chicken. Cut the boneless chicken into strips. You may also want to cut it into bite sized pieces. Cook the chicken in a medium sized pot adding water and waiting for it to boil. Add the chopped celery and onions. Use medium heat and cook until chicken is thoroughly tender. This may take about 20 minutes.
- Get the Broth. You must drain and set aside the chicken and the vegetables. You must also set aside the broth to be used later.
- Prepare the Stove Top Stuffing. Prepare the Stove Top Stuffing according to the package instructions. The usual instructions would be to boil a cup of water and a tablespoon of butter. Mix in the Stove Top Stuffing and stir until evenly mixed. Fluff the mixture afterwards with a fork.
In this meal however, use the chicken broth instead of water and butter. Take note that after adding the Stove Top Stuffing packet, you must also add the chicken, diced boiled eggs and vegetables. Stir until everything is mixed.
- Bake and Serve. Once you have prepared the Stove Top Stuffing with a few tweaks here and there, place it in a casserole. You may also use a baking pan. Bake in a pre-heated oven to 350 degrees. Bake stuffing uncovered for about 20 minutes. Another tip to see if you can take it out of the oven is to check for a golden brown crust. Serve while still hot. This makes at least 4 to 6 servings. A very inexpensive meal courtesy of an instant cook packet; that you are able to make your own.