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herb baked crock pot stuffing

Thanksgiving was amazing.

We spent the day + evening in Denver with some of our best friends.

We’ve done this three years in a row, and while I miss my family dearly, it’s such a fun day to celebrate with friends.

The group girl photo tradition continues. 

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Year 2

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Somehow, we’ve lucked out with the weather 3 years in a row.  It was 60* and sunny this year.  Just fabulous.

Year 3!! 

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So what did I bring along?

Vanilla Bean Pumpkin Spiced Pie with an Oatmeal Walnut crust

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Sage + Garlic Sweet Taters

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Gooey Chocolate Cakes – I prepped the wet + dry ingredients in separate containers and brought along muffin tins, liners + ice cream.  Right after dinner I mixed them up and stuck them in the oven.  Having a fresh, warm baked dessert was fabulous. 

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Herb Baked Stuffing double cooked in the crock pot.  [photo below was from the original recipe]

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Herb Baked Crock Pot Stuffing

  1. Preheat oven to 400*
  2. Let fully cool, then cube into about 1/2-1” pieces and spread on a large baking sheet.
  3. Bake 10-15min, turning once, until golden brown.
  4. Whisk together 2T melted butter, 3c veggie stock + 2 eggs.
  5. Place cubes in the crock pot, add cooked stuffing mixture, pour the stock mixture on top, and gently stir to coat.
  6. Break up remaining 2-4T butter and spread out on the top of the stuffing.
  7. Place on high for 1hr, then switch to low for 4-8 hours. 
  8. After cooking for 4hrs, add 1c more broth.  Don’t mix.  If keeping on low or warm past 6hrs, you may need to add 1c more broth.

Ahh, stuffing.  My favorite.  I’ve been snacking on the leftovers straight out of the fridge all morning + night.  The bread becomes extremely doughy and soft, but not mushy, and the ring of stuffing around the edge of the pot becomes nice and crisp.  This has a very traditional, stuffing flavor, which is exactly what I wanted.  I was slightly nervous about serving this, using the gluten free herb bread, but it ended up being a huge hit! 

There is no reason why this can’t be an all-winter-long dish.  Why do I forget about stuffing past Thanksgiving?  No more!

I promise to have a non-Thanksgiving related post and/or recipe soon.


Enjoy the weekend!


Reader Comments (31)

Omgggggg you guys are adorable! Colorado literally has the best weather of all places, all year round. (with the exception of the what, like 20 days of grey weather?) I'm glad you had a good tgivs chica, and ugh. Stuffing and/or sweet taters literally KILL me. Next year I'm going to do more of the cooking, it's decided.

November 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatelyn @ Chef Katelyn

You look like such a fun bunch :-) Glad to read you had a great time with friends! The chocolate cakes and pie look scrumptious! Must make...
Oh I did make your Peanut Butter Cocoa GF muffins and they are great! I though they might be a little too 'wholesome' for my boyfriend but he really REALLY likes them :-) Thanks, Ashley! Your recipes are always a winner!

November 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNathalie

Love this tradition! You girls are all so beautiful. Glad it the tradition was carried on. :)

November 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Yeay! I love crock pot recipes -- and for stuffing! Yum! What a great tradition -- it looks like everyone had a lot of fun!

November 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren@spicedplate

It looks like you had an amazing's so nice the weather has been so beautiful...too bad it looks like the wind is back...wind blows!! hehe Happy Weekend! :)

November 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee

Love all the pics of you and the girls. Fun to see the years pass by!

Aww! All of you are to cute! Haha yum this recipe rocks :)

November 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ What Lauren Likes

Did you guys mean to coordinate your outfits so well?? It seriously worked out so well!

I LOVE your dress too!

November 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

Sounds like such a fun tradition! My friends and I usually do a "friendsgiving" the week before Thanksgiving.

November 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles

Fun pictures! It's nice to have such a big group of friends to spend the holiday with when you can't be with family :)

What a good idea to make the stuffing in the crock pot! I am always trying to free up the precious oven space on Thanksgiving but never thought to stick the stuffing in a crock pot! I did do the mashed taters in the crock pot this year and totally loved that!

November 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKinley @ Better Off Barefoot

I want to come to dinner and be in all of those pictures! Friends are the best!

November 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay @ Lindsay's List

Ahh, I just LOVE all of those group pictures! Especially the one of all you jumping. You must have had a patient photographer. ;-)

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

i love the photo shoot! i can't get my family to agree to a big round of pictures, so i resort to snapping away, and i'm satisfied with a few hilarious candid shots throughout the day. :-)

that warm chocolate dessert looks killer! i tried key lime pie for the first time yesterday; i didn't even miss chocolate. :p

You guys are so photogenic! I love it. ;)

November 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly @ Foodie Fiasco

Awww, love the idea of an "annual all-girls picture!" Y'all are adorable!

November 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErika - The Teenage Taste

Majorly adorable pictures! I hope your Thanksgiving was fantastic!

November 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz @ IHeartVegetables

You're so blessed to have such great friends! I'm slightly jealous.

November 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley B

Such adorable pictures! What a great tradition, Ashley :)

November 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaige

I love the pictures! I've spent a few Thanksgivings without family, and it's such a great time with friends. I hope that the rest of your weekend was great :)

November 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLena @ Fit on the Rocks

I love the girl group photos!! Keeping a tradition going like that is priceless.
I'm going to have to check out the garlic and sage sweet potatoes- just the photo enough makes me drool!

Thanks Erika!

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Candid shots are so much fun!

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The patient photographer would be the husband. :)

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You have to give it a try! I bet the potatoes were amazing.

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

YAY!! I'm glad your boyfriend loved them. :)

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The herb baked crockpot stuffing sounds wonderful! Can I ask, what are the eggs for in the stuffing? Binding? I found similar recipes on Allrecipes ( and didn't know if I could omit the eggs.

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMyThy as in "Mighty"

You can definitely omit the eggs. You are exactly right, in that the eggs help to bind it all together. It will still be just as flavorful and delicious without!

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Update: I've made them twice since I posted the comment and will be making a batch again tomorrow :-) Right now, I am baking you new granola bars...can't wait to try one! Your blog is keeping me busy for sure!!! xxx

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNathalie

'your' new granola bars... I would bake you some but that might just a bit impractical with me living across the pond and all, haha ;-) Hate those little typos that sneak in!
PS: The bars are delicious!!! I can already tell that they won't last long in this house :-)

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNathalie

I'm so glad you liked the bars!!! We've been munching on them all week. :)

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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