Okay I'm going to out myself now.... I love Stovetop Stuffing! Sure I can make stuffing from scratch, but why when Stovetop tastes so good already? Perhaps it's a bit nostalgic for me because my mom always used to make it, but frankly I don't really care what the reason is. I like it so I'm sticking with it, of course I had to add a few things to it. So here's my Stovetop Stuffing recipe. Completely ignore the directions on the box.
Makes enough for 8-10 people.
1c wild rice (optional)
1/2 onion (diced)
1c shredded carrot
1 rib of celery (diced)
1/2c dried cranberries
1tsp herbs de provence
4-1/2cwater (reduce to 3c water if not using wild rice)
1 handful of chopped fresh parsley
1c cooked rice (I use leftover rice. I always have some frozen)
2 boxes of Stovetop Turkey Stuffing (120gm)
Put the first 9 ingredients into a large pot and sauté on medium heat until the carrots and onions have softened. Then add the water and bring to a boil. If using wild rice simmer with the lid on until the wild rice has softened. This usually takes about 20 minutes or so. Otherwise just proceed to the next step once the water is boiled.
Now stir in the cooked rice, parsley and the Stovetop Stuffing. Continue to stir until evenly moist and then put the lid back on the pot. Let sit for 5 minutes or so before serving.
Tip- You can make this a day or two ahead of time. Simply reheat it in the microwave and fluff it with a fork before serving. I usually start warming things in the microwave about half an hour before I'm ready to serve the turkey that way everything is ready and warm at the same time.