Last year i wrote my favorite stuffing recipe down for a couple of men here in our condo complex, being they both liked it very much. Today I get a phone call from Hawaii from a friend of a friend of one of the men i gave the recipe to. I personally don't have it saved anywhere other than my head and hands and it does turn out differently each time. Mine is a italien sausage/bread stuffing/dressing.I need to get a hold of that printed version.
Would any one care to share their version of stuffing/dressing.
yield: Makes 8 (side dish) servings
active time: 45 min
total time: 2 1/4 hr
This is the stuffing of your dreams, in which everything is a little more rustic, rich, and intense than you remember.
1 (3/4- to 1-pound) round Italian loaf, cut into 1-inch cubes (8 cups)
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 pouns sweet Italian sausage, casings removed, divided
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3 medium onions, chopped
4 large celery ribs, chopped
5 garlic cloves, minced
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup heavy cream, divided
1/2 cup turkey giblet stock or reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (2 ounces)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
Equipment: a 4-qt shallow ceramic or glass baking dish (14 by 10 by 2 3/4 inches)
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Generously butter baking dish.
Put bread in 2 shallow baking pans and bake, switching position of pans halfway through baking, until just dried out, about 10 minutes.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers, then cook half of sausage, stirring and breaking it into small pieces, until golden brown, about 6 minutes.
Transfer with a slotted spoon to a large bowl. Brown remaining sausage in remaining tablespoon oil, transferring to bowl.
Pour off fat from skillet and wipe clean. Heat butter over medium heat until foam subsides, then cook onions, celery, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until golden, 12 to 15 minutes.
Add vegetables and bread to sausage.
Whisk together eggs, 1/2 cup cream, turkey stock, cheese, and parsley, then stir into stuffing and cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Reserve 5 cups stuffing to stuff turkey and spoon remainder into baking dish, then drizzle with remaining 1/4 cup cream. Cover stuffing and chill.
About 1 hour before stuffed turkey is finished roasting, bring dish of stuffing to room temperature. When turkey is done, increase oven temperature to 425°F and bake stuffing, covered tightly with foil, until hot throughout, about 20 minutes.
Remove foil and bake until top is golden and crisp, about 15 minutes more.
· Bread can be toasted 3 days ahead and kept (once cool) in a sealed bag at room temperature.
· Stuffing can be prepared (but not baked) 4 hours before roasting turkey.
· If baking stuffing at the same time as potatoes, put stuffing in upper third of oven and potatoes in bottom third (allow extra time).
that is so neat so similar to mine. no garlic and no parm cheese. I use about 6 cups of bread cubes and 2 cups of pepperidge farm ( has to be as DD works there) seasoned white bread cubes. Fesh herbs you don't need to buy each year.
I also make Sausage stuffing and it is loved by all. Would not make any other.
I pretty much do the same thing you do--except I do not use eggs. What is the role of the eggs?
I also let all the fat be--just adds flavor.
I brown the garlic and onion in one stick of butter and then add one Jimmy Dean, or any other sweet sausage,
chunked up-- Let that cook a while--then add the celery and keep sauteing until soft.
Then I add some of the bread stuffing and mix it through and brown it a bit.
Then I dump it all in a big bowl and add the rest of the stuffing cubes, some home-made chicken stock
and mix it all in adding any herbs and seasonings as needed. Sage..Thyme..Poultry Seasoning, Onion powder, etc...
Then I put it all in a casserole pan and bake it until it is slightly browned. Maybe 30 min. or so.
PS--I like to have mixed bread cubes--so I will buy a loaf of seeded Jewish Rye (LOVE the caraway seed taste)
and also a loaf of dark rye bread. I dice it all up and spread it on a cookie sheet.
Then I spray it all with some OO and sprinkle some Onion Powder and Poultry seasoning over all.
Maybe some sage and Thyme as well. Trying to duplicate "Herb Seasoned Stuffing" here.
Then I mix it with the regular, store bought stuffing mix and proceed making my stuffing...
I never stuff the bird. I bake it as a side in the oven.
For me, its corn bread stuffing all the way. Corn bread must be made in my grandmothers cast iron skillet. Susage in it has always sounded good to me tho. My mother only broke it to me last year that it did in fact have egg in it. I love it so much I decided to overlook that fact. I detest eggs, altho I have always wanted to like them scrambled at least. I really like making fried eggs, but leave when they are being eaten. The runny yolk just doesnt work for me, cant even look.
Just to clear up a point, this is NOT the recipe for stuffing that I make - I found this recipe on the internet, in response to Helen's post. Mine is very simple - bread, chicken broth, poultry seasoning, eggs, onion, cream of celery soup, salt, pepper and a teeny bit of sage. I don't put any inside the bird, but bake it in a pan at 450 for 40 minutes - comes out perfect every time!
This is not a recipe but I want to share what we do. I make a traditional herb bread stuffing with a mirepoix and mushrooms. The mirepoix and mushrooms are sauteed with half butter and half extra virgin olive oil. I use eggs not just to bind but eggs also add a richer flavor. The liquid is homemade chicken stock made from roasted chickens, not boiled. I stuff the bird if it is not a large one but make it on the side if the bird is over eighteen pounds. But I also make a cornbread dressing that I've dubbed S.W style and that is what I wanted to share...
SO gently grills lots of onions and red peppers five or more days before TG. Around four onions sliced on their ring side and in quarters and four peppers. The onions and peppers can be roasted for a similar effect. I make a big iron skillet of cornbread dressing like Gardenglory. You can use a package of the store brand. During the days the onions and peppers spend in the fridge they weep a sweet nectar. There is more each day. When it comes time to assemble the dressing I chop up the onions and peppers coarsely and toss with the cornbread along with that nectar. Then finely chop to a paste a chipotle in adobo or two and scatter and toss in the mix. Then add one can of creamed corn with two lightly beaten eggs and toss lightly. If you don't want eggs that's okay. Now add enough stock or water to moisten and pour in a casserole that has been coated with good extra virgin olive oil. Drizzle some of the extra virgin over the top and bake covered for thirty to forty five minutes at 350, uncovering the last ten minutes. You can guild the lily by poking grated, good quality extra sharp cheddar like Tillamook or Cabot, and sprinkling a tad on the top but this is not necessary. This is my proprietary preparation. I've not seen another recipe like it.
You are so very welcome. I encourage you to not wait the year out though. It's a great side dish. Many people don't make their own cornbread. i have used the bagged version when in a pinch. Stores have the bagged versions available and on sale now.
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