I wanted to try something different in stuffing this year, instead of resorting to the normal stove top stuffing, plus making something from almost scratch just tastes better and for the most part isn't loaded full of not so healthy stuff for you, like sodium and preservatives.
This recipe is strictly vegetarian, not vegan, just vegetarian!
So when you are shopping for your ingredients here is what you should get in your shopping cart, or gather in your house. That is if you have everything in your house for this awesome recipe.
Ingredients: carrots ( 1 cup, grated), celery (1 cup, diced), regular onion (1 cup, diced), margarine (1/4 cup), Italian bread (to make 8 cups), walnuts (1/2 chopped), 2 apples ( chopped), vegetable broth (1 cup), 8-12 ounces of water, salt (1 tsp), black pepper (1 tsp), poultry seasoning (1 1/4 tsp).
with this recipe you will have to start a little early and let your bread sit out for a bit, to become sort of stale. Once it has become good and stale, rip it up into small pieces, you will need to have about 8-10 cups of bread shredded or riped into small pieces.
So once this step has been completed.
Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees, while it is warming up, you can get everything else ready. Get out your cutting boards and knifes. Cut 2 apples (which ever type of apple is up to you), once they have been cut into small pieces, put them in a skillet with a little bit of margarine, for 5-7 minutes.
Next grate the carrots.
Chop the celery, onion, and walnuts. Once the apples are done stick them into a separate bowl. Place the onion, celery, and carrots with 1/4 cup of margarine until everything is tender, this should take about 10 minutes. Then stir seasoning, pepper and salt.
In a very large or just large bowl, put the shredded bread, then the celery, carrots, and onion mixture, vegetable broth and water, along with the apples and walnuts.
Mix everything together with a spoon, until it starts to stick together.
Now you can either put this in your turkey or into a casserole dish. If you choose to put it into a casserole dish, then make it even and bake for 25-30 minutes at 375 degrees.
If it goes in your turkey, then however long the turkey takes to cook. The only difference is that the turkey stuffing is a bit crispier.
In a large bowl, combine the bread cubes, apples and walnuts, then add the carrot mixture. Add enough water or vegetable broth to moisten, tossing gently.
Transfer to a casserole dish, cover, and bake for 20 to 30 minutes.