Bud Light Apple Pecan Stuffing..
Here's a perfect Bud Light addition to the holiday meal. Give the Turkey Day meal a little BL kick!
Bud Light Apple Pecan Stuffing
-1 lb of sausage ( I used Jimmy Dean Maple flavor..whatever you like. You can also use chicken sausage. Or none at all)
- 6 slices of bacon
-1 rib of celery
-1 small onion (or none if you aren't a fan)
-3-6 garlic cloves (I used around 4)
-1/2 can of chicken broth (Save the other for left overs, if you need more moist stuffing)
-1/2 bottle of Bud Light (Save the other half if you need to more moist stuffing)
- 1 stick of butter/margarine
- Loaf of day old Sourdough bread (cut in cubes and season as you like) You can also use the pre-bagged stuffing cubes. If you go for the bread loaf you will have to bake longer, but it really is Yummy!!
- 1 -2 medium sized apples ( I used 1 1/2 of Honeycrisp apples)
- 4.5 ounce of chopped dates (you can use cranberries, raisins, dried apricots...)
-1 cup of chopped pecans ( or almonds...or whatever you favorite nut is.. or none)
-3-6 tablespoons of brown sugar
-2 teaspoons of cinnamon
-2 teaspoons of sage
-2 teaspoons of black pepper
-2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
(all seasonings to your taste.. you could add more or less)
-1 cup of apple cider ( I used the envelope applecider that you just add water)
Cook'n it up:
-Cook bacon until crispy and than drain grease. Set the baon aside for later. In a large pot, big enough for all the ingredients to fit, brown the sausage, onions, and celery ( I also put some bud light in while is was browning for a bit more kick). Drain and add 1/2 can of chicken broth and 1/2 bottle of the Bud light. Add butter/margarine and cook and stir until it's melted. Remove from heat. Stir in the stuffing cubes, apples, dates, seasonings, the bacon broken into bits and the apple cider. Mix until moist. Put the mixture in a large greased baking dish, like 13x9 inch. Cover with tin foil and bake in pre-heated 375 oven for about 30 minutes, then uncover and bake another 30. If it's not the desired crunchy/ moist ratio you like, then bake longer. I baked mine about 1 1/2 hours, but I used the fresher bread cubes. Less baking time for the pre-made/bagged stuffing cubes.
(I prepared it earlier in the day and then put it in the refrigerator for a few hours before I baked it. If you have time to do this, your stuffing will have even better flavor.)
Let it cool for a few minutes and than serve with your Turkey or whatever you are having. It's also Yummy with a touch of honey on top. Of course Ted likes his with more butter on it. :)
Great Stuffing w/ a kick for the Holidays, thanks to Bud Light! Have a Happy & Safe Thanksgiving Holiday!