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Stuffing Wreath (Thanksgiving Monkey Bread) Recipe

    Looking for a festive and delicious twist on traditional stuffing for your Thanksgiving table? Say hello to the Stuffing Wreath, also known as Thanksgiving Monkey Bread! This delightful dish combines all the savory flavors of stuffing with the fun, pull-apart nature of monkey bread, creating a centerpiece-worthy side dish that will have your guests coming back for seconds.

    Let’s dive into the recipe and create this delicious masterpiece!

    Ingredients:

    For the Stuffing Balls:

    • 8 cups day-old bread cubes (such as French bread or sourdough)
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
    • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
    • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon dried sage
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth

    For the Monkey Bread Dough:

    • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
    • 1 cup milk

    For Garnish:

    • Fresh parsley, chopped
    • Cranberries
    • Rosemary sprigs

    Instructions:

    Prepare the Stuffing Balls:

    In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.

    Add the chopped onion, celery, and garlic, and cook until softened, about 5-7 minutes.

    Stir in the dried sage, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper, and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

    In a large mixing bowl, combine the bread cubes and the cooked vegetable mixture.

    Gradually pour in the chicken or vegetable broth, stirring until the bread cubes are moistened and evenly coated.

    Using your hands, shape the stuffing mixture into small balls, about 1 inch in diameter.

    Place the stuffing balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and set aside.

    Prepare the Monkey Bread Dough:

    In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

    Gradually add the melted butter and milk to the dry ingredients, stirring until a soft dough forms.

    Assemble the Stuffing Wreath:

    Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

    Grease a bundt pan or round cake pan with butter or non-stick cooking spray.

    Take each stuffing ball and wrap it with a small portion of the monkey bread dough, shaping it into a round ball.

    Place the wrapped stuffing balls in the prepared pan, arranging them in a wreath shape.

    Bake the Wreath:

    Transfer the pan to the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the monkey bread is golden brown and cooked through.

    Remove the stuffing wreath from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes.

    Garnish and Serve:

    Carefully invert the stuffing wreath onto a serving platter.

    Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, cranberries, and rosemary sprigs for a festive touch.

    Serve the Stuffing Wreath warm as a delicious and eye-catching side dish for your Thanksgiving feast.

    Tips:

    For extra flavor, you can add cooked crumbled sausage or diced apples to the stuffing mixture before shaping into balls.

    Make sure to use day-old bread for the stuffing cubes, as fresh bread may become too soggy when mixed with the broth.

    Feel free to customize the seasoning in the stuffing mixture to suit your taste preferences.

    Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for some heat, or incorporate chopped fresh herbs for added freshness.

    Get ready to wow your guests with this creative and delicious Stuffing Wreath, a festive twist on traditional Thanksgiving stuffing that’s sure to become a new holiday favorite!

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