Side dishes are the entire meal for many people in my situation, so the sides need to step it up a bit.
This is a simple way to dress up stuffing you buy dried in the bag from your local supermarket.
Many of my favorite dishes are doctored versions of basic dishes, which means little real effort, but with some creativity, you get a dish that tastes way better than the company who made it intended.
Start out by preparing the stuffing as the bag instructs. This usually involves boiling water, melting butter and mixing in the dried stuffing straight out of the bag. Some brands call for chopped onions or celery mixed in as well.
After you have the prepared stuffing, making it more festive is really quite easy and it makes the boring bagged stuffing into something way better.
Sprinkle a little of the brown sugar on the bottom of a casserole dish. Spoon in the stuffing and mix in the pineapple chunks.
Stir in a little more brown sugar while you are mixing in the fruit.
Top it all with a few pats of butter and a coating of brown sugar. Sprinkle a little juice from the can over the top of it all.
Cover with foil and bake for about 20 minutes at around 350.
More time or a higher temp will give you a crispier top to the stuffing, if you’re in to that kind of thing (which I am).
Lining the bottom of the pan with butter before you spread the brown sugar and using more sugar will give you a nice crust on the bottom which almost makes it more dessert like.
This side dish is great for the vegetarians, and it is vegan friendly if you use a brand of stuffing that is dairy free and use all vegetable based margarine.
Serving it at a family dinner with my carnivore kin also works great because they love it as a side dish with their ham. The brown sugar and pineapple compliment the meat nicely, but more importantly for me, tastes great on its own.
1 bag of stuffing mix, plus whatever is needed to prepare according to package
1 extra stick of margarine or butter
1 can of pineapple chunks, drained save a little juice
Brown sugar to taste