Product: Glutino Gluten Free Corn Bread Stuffing – $5.99+
Who says stuffing is just for Thanksgiving? Where is that written? Growing up, I was one of the only people in my family who wanted to have stuffing. My dad wasn’t a fan, so my mom never made it. Everything I needed to know about stuffing, I tasted at my friend’s homes. It was a rare occasion that my mom would make it…and as we never had turkey on Thanksgiving, but enjoyed a delicious shrimp creole instead…well…this was more of a Christmas thing.
When I went gluten-free…stuffing was off the menu regardless…unless I made it myself. In fact, one of the first gluten-free recipes I posted was a Gluten Free Hazelnut Sage Stuffing, which I made with Rudi’s Gluten Free Bread. That was back in 2011…and I’ve made that recipe quite a few times since then. It’s delicious and easy and amazing.
But sometimes, you just don’t want to do all the work yourself. These days, my free time is less and less. I’m recovering from a torn hip labrum, getting back to running, doing all my stretches for physical therapy and trying to maintain only a slight bit of pain when I move, and everything else like work, preparing meals/snacks for work, and maintaining my training/workout schedule. It just isn’t always feasible to pull out a recipe and whip something up.
Well, two weeks ago, I was in Columbus, Ohio, visiting my friend Jenn. And as I was packing up to head home, she handed me a box of Glutino’s Gluten Free Corn Bread Stuffing. As it was due to expire within the month, I decided I would make this for lunches this week for both the roomie and myself. And, that Sunday evening, I did just that…
I had everything else needed to make the recipe that was supplied on the box in my fridge, ironically enough. I guess I just know what’s good to have on hand, HAHA! Actually, it was just luck that I didn’t have to pick up anything else to make this. All I needed was butter (I used Earth Balance), eggs, vegetable broth, celery, and onion. That was it. I followed the instructions on the box, pulling open the silver package that contained the corn bread stuffing portion of the product, loving the little, crispy, yellow corn bread croutons that spilled out and into the bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Giving it a good stir, it was prepared and ready to cook.
This stuffing smells amazing as it cooks. I think I was drooling a little every time I walked by the oven. I mean, SO good. And when it was finally done, I pulled the dish from the oven, loving how golden the top had become during the cooking process. I dished it out into 6 Pyrex dishes, tasting a little at the end…and…oh yeah…this was going to be good.
I was wrong, though. This stuffing wasn’t good. It was FANTASTIC!!! Seriously, it was love at first taste. And I was really, really anticipating lunch for the three days that my roomie and I had this in our refrigerator. Seriously…I was sad when we devoured the last servings of it. The cornbread croutons soak in all that amazing flavor from the eggs, sauteed veggies, and the vegetable broth. It doesn’t get mushy though. Not at all. As it bakes, all that flavor bakes inside, making this rich, savory, and addictive stuffing that it’s hard to stop eating. And that top layer gets this nice golden brown, which brings that bit of crunchy texture when you dig into it. My mouth waters just thinking about it again. In fact, I want to see if any of my natural food stores have this on hand. I’m sort of concerned it’s a seasonal product…but I have every intention of stocking up!
So, let’s take a look at what all goes into a box of the Glutino Gluten Free Corn Bread Stuffing, shall we? This product is made up of corn starch, tapioca starch, vegetable oil (contains one or more of the following: sunflower oil, canola oil, safflower oil), seasoning (salt, yeast extract, sugar, maltodextrin, dextrose, spices, onion powder, garlic powder, dehydrated parsley, expeller pressed canola oil, spice extractive, silicon dioxide), sugar, egg whites, salt, guar gum, glucono-delta-lactone, yeast, pectin, sodium bicarbonate, sodium alginate, modified cellulose, iron, niacin, tricalcium phosphate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, and riboflavin.
The Glutino Gluten Free Corn Bread Stuffing mix isn’t a nutritional bomb either. So, it’s not clean eating for sure…but the nutritional facts aren’t so bad. A serving size of this product is 1/2 cup prepared and there are 8 servings per box. This serving will provide you with 120 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 470 mg cholesterol, 20 grams carbohydrates, less than 1 gram fiber, 1 gram sugars, and less than 1 gram protein. The lack of fiber and protein would make you believe that it wouldn’t fill you up if eating it as a meal instead of a side, but that wasn’t the case at all for me. I found it filling and amazing.
So…if you want to make this too, here is the recipe I used, which is straight off the back of the box itself:
Recipe: Glutino Gluten Free Corn Bread Stuffing
Time: Prep 10 minutes; Cook 35 minutes
- 2 Tbsp of unsalted butter (I used Earth Balance)
- 2 large eggs
- 1-1/2 cups of vegetable broth
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 cup diced celery
- l box Glutino Gluten Free Corn Bread Stuffing
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Lightly grease one 8×8 baking pan.
In a heated skillet add the 2 Tbsp of unsalted butter and sautée onions and celery until translucent. Let the vegetables cool.
In a mixing bowl empty package of stuffing mix. Add cooled sautéed onions and celery, eggs, and vegetable broth. Let stand one minute.
Stir until all the liquid has been absorbed.
Place in greased baking pan and pack down.
Cover with foil, bake for approximately 25 minutes. Uncover and finish cooking for an additional 8 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165° F.
This was one of the first corn bread stuffings I have had. And it brought back all those happy memories of the Stove Top Stuffing days of my childhood. I was beyond impressed. So, if you’re a glutton for stuffing, I highly recommend picking up a box of Glutino’s Gluten Free Corn Bread Stuffing. Even your gluten-eating friends would never guess this was gluten-free. It is that delicious!! ENJOY!