Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Fresh Market Seasoned Gluten Free Stuffing Mix

In the past couple of weeks, I have seen gluten free stuffing mixes at The Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Williams-Sonoma, and Trader Joe's.  I had no plans to buy any, because I make cornbread stuffing on Thanksgiving, and it is the one and only stuffing I have ever liked.  I have tasted a variety of stuffings/dressings at restaurants, and the homes of friends and family, and have found them all to be pretty repulsive.  Sorry, there is no way to sugar coat it.  

Out of all the stuffing mixes I looked at, The Fresh Market's actually looked interesting to me, so I decided to buy it. 

I served it for dinner tonight with a rotisserie chicken from Costco, and corn.  

The Fresh Market's stuffing mix is made in a dedicated gluten free facility, and has an allergy warning that it contains egg.  Ingredients: gluten free bread (millet, sorghum, brown rice, white rice flours, egg white, arrowroot, potato and tapioca starch, cider vinegar, non-GMO canola oil, water, sea salt, honey, yeast, xanthan gum), non-GMO canola oil, granulated onion and garlic, rosemary, sage, thyme, celery seed, sea salt, and pepper.   

I modified the basic stuffing recipe on the back of the box.  I used the following ingredients:

1 T extra virgin olive oil
1 medium sweet onion - chopped
2 medium gala apples - skin & seeds removed; chopped
1 stick unsalted butter
1 bag of TFM Stuffing Mix 
2 1/2 C TFM chicken stock
1 1/2 C cooked crumbled sausage
3/4 C dried cranberries
2 large pinches of kosher salt
1 large pinch of coarse ground black pepper

In a large frying pan, I sauteed the onion and apple in the olive oil over medium heat until they started to soften and become lightly browned.  I then added the butter and chicken stock, stirring until the butter was melted.  I put all of the ingredients in a large bowl, stirring for a couple of minutes until all the liquid was absorbed into the stuffing cubes.  I baked the stuffing for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.  

The Fresh Market's Seasoned Gluten Free Stuffing Mix is pretty good.  It was way better than the gluten free stuffing I had recently at Liberty Tree Tavern at Disney, but not as good as my gluten free cornbread stuffing.  My gluten-eating husband thought it was really good, and Nina, our international student, liked it as well.

What is your favorite store-bought gluten free stuffing mix?


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