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In On Christmas Avenue, Evan invites Mary to his family’s Christmas dinner, featuring his dad’s delicious stuffing. Mary’s never been one to put down roots, but as she celebrates with Evan, she imagines what it might be like to settle down. Here’s that traditional stuffing recipe for your own table…and you don’t have to wait for the holidays to make it. After all, life is a special occasion!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Serves: 12

Ingredients

4 cups corn bread, diced
8 cups rustic bread with crust, diced or torn
1/2-pound (2 sticks) butter, unsalted
2 1/2 cups (2 - 3 onions) yellow onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups (2 – 3 stalks) celery, chopped
2 tablespoons + 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh sage, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
2 to 3 cups chicken or turkey stock

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Toast bread cubes on baking sheets until slightly crusty, approximately 10 to 12 minutes. Cool and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
In a large heavy sauté pan, melt butter and sauté onions and celery on medium heat until vegetables are tender.
Add herbs and sauté for an additional minute.
Combine vegetable mixture with bread, seasonings and stock.
Transfer to a deep buttered baking dish.
Bake 45 minutes uncovered until stuffing is hot and crusty on the top.