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Enjoy the Holidays: Preparing Healthy and Safe Meals!

Special holiday series – Blog 2 of 5

The countdown to turkey day is underway! To help soon-to-be busy cooks prepare healthy and safe holiday meals, USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen and I are providing low-cost holiday recipes with simple food safety tips. Yesterday we posted a turkey recipe with helpful suggestions on handling raw poultry. Below is a delicious recipe for stuffing.  Make sure you check out our next blog tomorrow which will feature another low-cost, easy to prepare –recipe—Baked Apples and Sweet Potatoes.  Happy cooking!!

Grandma’s Stuffing

Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe
Yield: 8 servings


10 cups whole wheat bread cubes or white bread or buns, dry
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 teaspoon parsley, dried or 1 Tbsp fresh parsley chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 cups milk
1 lightly beaten egg
2 medium pared, cored and chopped apples or 1/4 cup raisins (optional)


  1. Wash hands and clean your work area. Use two separate cutting boards during preparation, one for eggs (or raw meat) and the other for fruits and vegetables.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  3. Put bread cubes in a large bowl. Set aside.
  4. Put water in medium saucepan. Add onion, celery, parsley, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes. Do not drain. Pour over bread cubes.
  5. Stir in milk and egg. Gently stir in apples, and raisins, if desired.
  6. Spoon into a greased 2-quart baking dish. Bake at 350 °F for 1 hour or until the internal temperature of the stuffing is 165 °F, as measured with a food thermometer.
  7. Divide leftovers into smaller portions and refrigerate within 2 hours. Use refrigerated leftovers within 3 to 4 days or freeze for 3 to 4 months.

Per Recipe: $ 3.13
Per Serving: $ 0.39

Source: Adapted from: A Family Living Program
University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Service

Author: University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Service

Recipe taken from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Connection Recipe Finder.

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