3 Mouth-Watering Northern Ontario Stuffing Recipes

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We know how to do it right when it comes to food in Northern Ontario, and today I’m talking about some next-level stuffing! This dish is a straight-up classic in Northern Ontario cuisine, especially around the holidays, and there are all kinds of variations depending on where you’re at and what you’re working with.

So, check it, I’m about to give you the lowdown on three of the illest Northern Ontario stuffing variations you’ve ever tasted. Get ready to have your taste buds blown away, ’cause the north doesn’t mess around when it comes to cooking!

Wild Rice Stuffing

Let me tell you, the first stuffing variation that’s going to have you going wild is the wild rice stuffing! That’s right, I said wild rice! It’s a staple food up in Northern Ontario, and let me tell you, this stuffing is no joke!

Imagine a dish that combines the rich flavors of wild rice, earthy mushrooms, fragrant onions, and fresh parsley all mixed together to create a hearty and flavorful stuffing that’s perfect for any special occasion. You know you can’t resist it!

It’s a dish that’s full of surprises, with every bite bringing you a burst of flavor that’ll have your taste buds singing. And not to mention, it’s a healthier option than traditional stuffing, since wild rice is packed with nutrients like fiber, protein, and essential minerals.

So, the next time you’re looking for a stuffing that’s gonna wow your guests and leave them begging for more, you know what to do – whip up a batch of wild rice stuffing that’ll have them going wild with excitement!


1 cup wild rice

2 cups water

2 tbsp butter

1 onion, diced

2 cups mushrooms, sliced

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Here’s how you make that wild rice stuffing, Northern Ontario-style:

First, you gotta rinse that wild rice in a strainer and drop it in a pot with some water. Don’t be shy, use plenty of water.

Bring that pot to a boil, then turn down the heat and let it simmer. Cover the pot up tight and let that rice cook for about 45 minutes until it’s nice and tender.

Now, while that rice is cooking, grab yourself a skillet and melt some butter on medium heat. Then toss in some onions and mushrooms and let them cook up for about 10 minutes or so, until they’re soft and fragrant.

Once that wild rice is done, mix it up with the onion and mushroom mixture in the skillet. Then, you gotta add some fresh chopped parsley and don’t forget to season it with salt and pepper to taste.

Mix everything up real good and serve it up hot, baby! This wild rice stuffing is gonna be the talk of the town at your next special occasion.

Blueberry Stuffing

Ladies and gentlemen, gather round, because I’m about to tell you about one of the most delicious and unique stuffing recipes you’ve ever tasted! You know what’s up when it comes to Northern Ontario cuisine, and this blueberry stuffing is no exception. It’s a true banger, let me tell you! If you want to impress your friends and family at your next gathering, then listen up, because this recipe is about to take your taste buds on a wild ride.

Now, blueberries may be small, but they pack a big punch in this dish. When you mix the sweet and tangy flavor of the blueberries with the savory bread cubes, chicken broth, and herbs, you get a flavor explosion that’ll leave you wanting more. And let me tell you, when you bring this stuffing to your next summer barbecue or winter holiday feast, your guests will be blown away by the unique combination of flavors.


1/2 cup butter

1 onion, diced

1/2 cup celery, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

6 cups cubed bread

1 cup blueberries

1/2 cup chicken broth

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp dried sage

1/2 tsp dried thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

Here’s the knowledge on how to make this blueberry stuffing:

First things first, preheat that oven to 350°F (175°C). We gotta get that baby heated up and ready to go, because this stuffing is gonna be a game changer.

Now, we’re gonna melt some butter in a skillet over medium heat. Oh yeah, that sizzling sound is music to my ears!

Add in some diced onion, celery, and garlic, and let it cook for about 10 minutes until it’s nice and soft. We want those veggies to be tender and full of flavor, so we can mix them up with the rest of our ingredients and really make this stuffing sing.

Once that onion and celery mixture is cooked up, we’re gonna throw it in a large mixing bowl with some cubed bread, blueberries, chicken broth, beaten eggs, sage, thyme, salt, and pepper. And I’m talking about really getting in there and mixing it up. You gotta use those hands, get dirty, and make sure everything is evenly distributed.

Next up, we’re gonna transfer that stuffing mixture to a greased baking dish and bake it for about 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and that stuffing is heated all the way through.

When it’s done, get ready to taste heaven in a dish! Serve it hot, and watch as your family and friends gobble it up and beg for more.

Maple Syrup Stuffing

Oh, you know we saved the best for last, folks! We’re talking about that maple syrup stuffing, Oh, man, let me tell you, it’s like nothing you’ve ever tasted before! Up in Northern Ontario, we know how to take that sweet and smoky flavor of maple syrup and turn it into a dish that will have you begging for more. And this stuffing is the real deal.

First of all, you gotta use the good stuff, none of that fake syrup that they try to pass off as maple flavor. We’re talking about real, authentic maple syrup, straight from the trees. That’s what gives this stuffing its unique flavor and aroma that will have your taste buds dancing a jig.

It’s star of the show, of course, so we’re not holding back on maple syrup, folks, we’re using a whole lot of it. It’s what takes this stuffing to the next level and makes it a must-have for any special occasion. Trust me, once you try this maple syrup stuffing, you’ll never go back to plain old bread stuffing again.


1/2 cup butter

1 onion, diced

1/2 cup celery, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

6 cups cubed bread

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp dried sage

Salt and pepper to taste

Alright, now here’s the nitty-gritty of this maple syrup stuffing:

We’ve got to make sure our oven is nice and toasty at 350°F (175°C) – we don’t want no cold stuffing up in here!

Now, let’s get that butter sizzling in a skillet over medium heat. You know what they say, “butter makes everything better” and that’s especially true in this recipe.

Once that butter is melted and looking smooth, toss in the onion, celery, and garlic and let them cook for about 10 minutes, or until they’re soft and smelling oh-so-good. Trust me, you’ll wanna take a few deep breaths of that aroma.

Now, it’s time to bring all these flavors together in a big ol’ mixing bowl. Take that cooked onion and celery mixture and combine it with some cubed bread, chicken broth, and of course, a generous amount of maple syrup. This ain’t your average stuffing, baby – this one’s got some sweet and smoky goodness going on!

Don’t forget to add some thyme, sage, salt, and pepper to really bring out the flavors. Give it all a good mix until everything is evenly distributed, and then transfer the stuffing mixture to a greased baking dish.

Pop that baby in the oven and let it bake for around 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the stuffing is nice and heated through. When it’s ready, take it out and serve it up hot!

So there you have it, folks! Three epic stuffing variations straight from Northern Ontario. Each one is unique and full of flavor, so why not give ’em a try and see what all the fuss is about?