Best Christmas Magic Recipes: Red and Green Stuffing


Spicy Holiday Dressing or Stuffing

This recipe is a flavorful, tangy addition for Christmas menus, but is also quite good with Mexican and Spanish foods during other times of the year. Serve it with large salads and alongside meats for a different type of flare in your cooking.

The combination of vegetables, spices, and nuts among the ingredients provide an inviting variety of flavors and textures in this dish. In order to extend and transform it into a main dish for lunches, add 1/2 pound of cooked chunked chicken or turkey.

Cook Time: Red and Green Stuffing

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 25 min
Yields: 8 servings

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Red and Green Stuffing


  • 2 Cups unseasoned bread croutons
  • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 small zucchini, finely chopped
  • 1 medium red or yelow bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 3 carrots, finely chopped or shredded
  • 6 ribs celery, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red cayenne pepper, or increase to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried for fresh & chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • A dash each of onion powder
  • A dash of garlic powder
  • 3/4 Cup chopped almonds
  • At least 7 slices of un-toasted whole wheat bread with the crusts removed and the bread cut into bite sized cubes.
  • 2 eggs or 1/2 cup liquid egg substitute, well-beaten with a fork.
  • 2 cups chicken broth [more if mixutre is too dry]


Notes and Tips

  • To cook this stuffing inside a turkey, place 3/4 cup of the stuffing mixture per pound of turkey loosely in the cavity of the bird.
  • Make sure the stuffing mixture is moist in order to stop bacteria growth; add some chicken broth before placing stuffing into the bird, if the mixture is dry.
  • Avoid cross contamination by washing utensils and counter tops before going on to prepare another dish.
  • Remember also to use hot mitts or towels that are heavy enough to prevent burns when you remove your stuffing or stuffed turkey for your oven. Newer hot mitts are especially heat resistant.


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In large mixing bowl, combine your bread croutons and the chicken broth. Set aside for 10 minutes so the crouton cubes can soak up the flavors can soften.
  • Cut up onions, zucchini, carrots and celery in food processor or by hand. Place in a microwave-safe bowl of a medium size and cover; cook on high for 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, mix together black pepper, cayenne pepper, red pepper, salt, basil, sage, sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, and finally, the almonds. Add the already microwaved vegetables to the crouton cubes and broth mixture and mix.
  • Sprinkle your herb mixture over the top of your dressing.
  • Add pieces from the 7 bread slices and then the eggs to the mixture and mix well. Let this stand for 5 minutes to meld flavors and rest and then remix. Add additional bread, if needed, if the mixture is soupy. Mixture will be very moist but it should not be dripping wet.
  • Coat a 2-quart ovenproof bowl with vegetable cooking spray and wipe off any excess that begins to run. Then add the dressing.
  • Bake in a the preheated 400-degrees F oven for 60 minutes or until nicely browned and set. Makes 6-8 side dish servings or 4-6 full-size for lunches. Serve hot at the table. 


© 2007 Patty Inglish

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Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle

Sounds yummy. If I try it, I'll substitute veggie broth for the chicken broth.

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Patty Inglish, MS 9 years ago from North America Author

I love the tase of vegetable broth as well.

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Abhinaya 9 years ago

Magic indeed!Patty.The look of fresh vegetables makes it all the more mouth watering.I must try this.Thanks for the recipe.

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Hoodala 9 years ago from Mesa

I have never tried to make homemade dressing, because stovetop is sooo good, but this I will have to try it looks incredible.

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Patty Inglish, MS 9 years ago from North America Author

I think you will all really like this one!

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trakker14 9 years ago from franklin

yummmmmmy! and here is my little addition for Christmas!

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Patty Inglish, MS 9 years ago from North America Author

One of my friends just lost a sick calf a few months ago. This video would help.

I'll just keep remembering all the kdis I've been able to help get out of wheelchairs!

Merry Christmas!!

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gabriella05 9 years ago from Oldham

Another great recipes, nice one

Thank you Patty

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Patty Inglish, MS 9 years ago from North America Author

Please do try them and let us know what you think!

aman 9 years ago

Gr8 hub,Keep writing.

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Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Thanks for that looks great, Ill have to go easy on the chillie

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Patty Inglish, MS 9 years ago from North America Author

You couod take out all the hot speices if you need to Eileen. How about some smokey cumin instead? Enjoy!

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MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

Have copied.

I like you use of the word Magic. I use it a lot. It transports me into a different concept.

Thank you

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Patty Inglish, MS 9 years ago from North America Author

There is magic in good food and a good meal with friends, that's for sure.

I just read an article about a church in Ohio where the minister gave everyone $50 and told them to go make money with it and bring it back. Sad widows made buinesses and got out of th ehouse! The infirm got better and rode motorcycles. A little boy took all of his orgiami, made more figures, and set up an origami stand at the end of his street and made $68.00 with it in a few hours. He made people smile too. The minister said it was a magic month and they probably could not repeat it.

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