Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thanksgiving Recipes Swap/Share - Apple Walnut Stuffing Muffins

With Thanksgiving right around the corner and the world over scrambling for recipes, ideas, short cuts, and what not I figured I would post a few recipes of my own.  If you watch any Food Network you'll notice that these recipes are very much Semi-Homemade in that they have store bought and fresh ingredients.  These recipes aren't from the show they are just creations I've taken from other recipes or happy accidents that I've done and I'm now sharing with you. :)

Apple Walnut Stuffing Muffins
Ingredients
1 box Chicken Stove Top Stuffing
Chicken Broth (enough to make stuffing according to box directions)
1 small Granny Smith apple - diced
1/2 cup walnuts - crushed
Butter (enough to make stuffing according to box directions)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Make stuffing according to directions.  Dice up the apple and take your Thanksgiving aggressions out on the walnuts.  For best results with the walnuts place them inside a sandwich baggie or a sealed up piece of cling wrap, place inside a folded dish towel, and proceed to smash with a mallet, rolling pin, or other sturdy clobbering implement that won't dent your counter tops if you miss.  Add the apple and walnuts to the stuffing and stir to combine.  You may need to add more chicken stock if the mixture looks too thick.  Next butter a muffin tin and portion the stuffing mix into each tin.  You are making individual stuffing muffins for everyone so keep the portions about the same as you portion.  Place inside oven and bake for about 10-15 min depending on your oven.  You want the tops to crisp up slightly and give the apple enough time to soften without turning to mush.

The recipe can be doubled or tripled without issue and you can add more or less apple and walnuts based on your families taste.  Also this recipe can be made vegetarian by using a vegetable stuffing and vegetable stock.  The Stove Top box makes about 6 half cup servings so if you use another brand figure about 3 cups cooked.
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