Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Sausage Stuffing

Many of us will begin preparations today for tomorrow's big turkey day feast; myself included. So I thought I'd share a few of our family Thanksgiving recipes with you. For starters I'll share my Dad's favorite stuffing.

Ok, I know people debate over whether or not it's stuffing or dressing. Yes, dressing is usually a side dish where as stuffing is stuffed inside the turkey cavity. However, I grew up knowing it to be called stuffing regardless of if it was inside the bird or out. Thus my sausage "stuffing."

Thanksgiving Sausage Stuffing
1 loaf day old bread; cubed (I use homemade bread)
1 lb. roll sage breakfast sausage (or you can use Italian sausage)
3-4 stalks stalks celery; diced
1 onion; diced
1-1/2 Tblsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. rubbed dried sage
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1-1/2 to 2 cups chicken stock (I use homemade stock)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread bread on a baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly toasted.

In a large skillet, cook sausage until no longer pink. Drain grease but do not discard. Set sausage aside.

Add a little of the drained grease to the skillet; add vegetables and sauté until tender. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.

Add sausage, sage, basil, oregano, salt & pepper; stir well.

Toss in bread crumbs. Stir well.

Slowly add in broth to bread crumb & sausage mixture; adding about 1/2 cup at a time. Lightly mix until evenly moistened.

Pour into a greased 9x13" casserole dish and bake at 350* for 30-35 minutes. Serve warm.

*Since I am making this ahead of time, all I will have to do is reheat it come morning. Such a time saver.

Click HERE for printable recipe

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