For Christmas Eve every year, Opa would make the most incredible stuffing!  To a boxed mix he would add sausage and chopped water chestnuts.  The resulting stuffing tasted amazing!  When Dad took over he wanted his stuffing to be nearly identical to Opa’s; but, it wouldn’t be Dad if he didn’t tweak it a little.  

1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp marjoram
1 tsp sage
1/2 cup dried minced onion
2/3 cup dried minced celery
5 cups water
1-1/2 cubes butter
1/3 cup chicken Better than Bouillon
16 cups bread, cubed and dried
2 lbs sage sausage, prepared
2 cans (4-oz each) water chestnuts, chopped
1 lb mushrooms, sliced and sautéed
1 cup dried sweetened cranberries
pine nuts, roasted

Combine Italian Seasoning (or substitute Herbes de Provence), black pepper, marjoram, and sage in a spice grinder and grind into a fine powder; pour into a small mixing bowl.  Stir onion and celery into the herb mixture.  In a large stock pot, bring water, butter, and better than bouillon to a boil; stir in herb mixture.  Remove from heat; add bread crumbs and stir to moisten.  Cover with lid and allow the stuffing to sit for five to ten minutes.  Stir in all remaining ingredients, reserving some of the pine nuts and dried cranberries.  Place mixture in two 9×13 pans and heat under broiler until the top is slightly browned.  Top with reserved pine nuts and dried cranberries.

(Updated 12/23/2018)

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