Thursday, November 18, 2010

Stuffin' Cups

Stuffin' Cups. Does that name mean anything to any of you? Or was I the only one with that nickname back in Junior High. Moving on.........

Let's discuss Thanksgiving stuffing (or dressing, for any of you who prefer that term.) It's a traditional Thanksgiving dish that is built on bread, broth, and butter.... with some sauteed veggies and spices thrown in to please your own personal palate.

Can it be a healthy dish? I'm sure it could be if you put your mind to it. I mean part of the bread I'm using for these little stuffing cups is filled with whole grains and flax, and I am adding in some veggies sauteed in olive oil, but I can assure you that the quarter cup of gravy that I'm going to dump on my "healthy little stuffin' cup" is going to totally negate its healthiness. So take this recipe for what it's worth, and know that behind your back I'm dunking each bite of these delicious stuffing muffins in turkey gravy. However, I am no longer stuffin' my own cups, if that eases your mind at all.

Stuffin' Cups

1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 TBSP olive oil
2 TBSP butter
1 onion, diced
2 stalks celery (with leaves) diced
8 white button mushrooms, chopped
kosher salt and pepper
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 TBSP fresh sage, chopped (or 2 tsp dried)
1 TBSP fresh thyme, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
8 cups cubed dried or toasted bread (I used a combination of my harvest grains stuffing loaf and some leftover focaccia)
1/3 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
2 large eggs, whisked
1 1/4- 1 3/4 cup chicken or turkey broth

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 12-count muffin tin with cooking spray.

Place cranberries in a bowl and pour 1 cup boiling water over them. Let sit for 10 minutes while you're putting together the rest of the ingredients. Drain and set aside.

In skillet, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add onion, celery and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and saute for 7-8 minutes, then add the garlic, sage, thyme and parsley. Saute for another minute or two.

Place bread crumbs in a large bowl. Add sauteed veggies, reserved cranberries and pecans. Stir well to combine. Add whisked eggs and stir again. Slowly add the broth until stuffing achieves the moisture you desire.

Divide dressing between muffin cups. (I used an ice cream scoop to do this.) Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until browned.

24 comments:

briarrose said...

These look adorable and tasty. Stuffing is one of my favorite parts of the meal....ok right after dessert. ;)

Lyndsey said...

Hehehe! Cute name, yes it brings back memories! I can't wait for the stuffing, and what a great idea to make them like this.

June said...

Yum....looks darn tasty Mags. I put cranberries and pecans in mine too, along with sausage and port. Great idea to make them mini-sized and I'm with ya all the way on the gravy.

buttermilkbaker said...

These. Look. Amazing. Just thought you should know. I love putting anything and everything into a muffin tin--so much easier (and faster!).

And doesn't everything taste better in mini-form?

Love your blog!!

Moogie said...

Girl .... I'm loving this recipe and presentation.

I never had a problem stuffing my cups. In high school I was super skinny but wore a "D" cup. My nickname was Bubbles.

stephchows said...

i can't even begin to imagine what that nickname means... lol

Design Wine and Dine said...

Ok, so I knew stuffing of some sort but did not guess these cute little cups! These are great!!! Makes a pretty presentation for sure! I love stuff like this...individual servings... :)

Sherylyn said...

I notice you are really into your muffin tin these days! ;)

I love stuffing. I love anything mini. So of course, I think making little mini stuffings is brilliant! I am going to make these fo sho!

dina said...

I love this idea, like little savory cupcakes!! In England, we actually stuff our turkeys with stuffing (of course) - and sausage meat - it is delicious.

Anonymous said...

Going to bake the bread, going to make the stuffin' cups; good grief this looks good! The hubs will be in heaven and I'll be there right beside him with a smug look on my mug because I KNOW he'll be praising my cookin'! Thank you kindly!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Those are so cute! I love that you add cranberries and pecans to your stuffing. That's right down my ally!

Carolyn said...

I am really tempted to do stuffing in muffin or brioche pans this year. Yours look divine! Are those the disposable brioche pans from KAF? I think you and I are fellow King Arthur devotees!

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

Carolyn: Yup, those are brioche cups from KAF!

Magic of Spice said...

Wow, how creative is that...love there and they look stunning presented this way :)

Karen said...

Haha... I never had to stuff my cups, but like you said... moving on... These look so good, but I'd have to have about a dozen of them! LOL

Haden News said...

I think these sound so good, love everything you put in them! Everything seems better if it is in a mini size portion!

SeattleDee said...

I love stuffing, with all it's crispy edges and toothy bite. No soggy middle portions for me. Using muffin tins does a nice job of portioning, and any leftovers are easily stored and readily reheated. My variation of "stuffin muffins" came from an old Rachael Ray suggestion. (did I just say that in public?!)

Julie said...

Love, love, love stuffing. Those muffin cups are so cute! I could eat lots of this!

Barbara Bakes said...

How fun to have cute little stuffin muffins. I think little changes really add up so I'd feel good about a healthier stuffing, even if I'm going to drown it in gravy!

scrambledhenfruit said...

These are so cute! My mom used to make stuffing haystacks. I love all of the extras you've put in these. :_

Mother Rimmy said...

Love your sense of humor! The stuffin cups are great too. I'll make the stuffing and let my daughter work on the presentation. :)

Leslie said...

Yum! To eat these without gravy would be a crime.

Medifast Coupons said...

Love the stuffing cup recipe and the idea, awesome.

Natalie said...

i recently discovered i love stuffing--these are perfect!
ps. that definitely COULD have been my nickname in hs ;)