I make the BEST stuffing ever. Well, I make the best turkey, mashed potatoes as well. But today I am sharing my favorite stuffing recipe.
Remember I didn't grow up celebrating Thanksgiving so I came upon it late. I don't have old family recipes. Everything I learned about cooking Thanksgiving has been from TV cooking shows. I watched, I took notes then cooked.
I used to use Stove Top Stuffing. Now there is nothing wrong with Stove Top stuffing and I like it but there is nothing like homemade stuffing. I never tried to make until I saw somebody on the Food Network do it. It might have been Rachel Ray, Bobby Flay or Tyler Florence. I honestly can't remember. It was at least 15 years ago when I tried making stuffing for the first time.The thing I learned from watching the Food Network was that it wasn't that difficult to make your own stuffing. And my willy-nilly recipe is as easy as it gets.
First I saute some sausage. Any good pork sausage will do and if you want to be healthy, use turkey sausage. If you want to get really crazy, add bacon. Then I take onions, shallots and celery and add them to the sausage and soften. Once they are soft, I then take a little Vermouth to deglaze the pan. You can also use white wine or red wine. Then I add salt, pepper and poultry seasoning to taste.
Then I take some chopped mushrooms and add them to the pan. Now I used 4 different types this time but if I can find more varieties, I add them. Saute everything together. I also add some butter as well. I then add some fresh sage and thyme and let it cook for a while.
I like using sourdough bread for my stuffing because it has a distinctive taste. But any bread will do. Ciabatta tastes really good too. Using different types of bread will also give you a good flavor. This year, I did sourdough and butter rolls. Anyway, I cut the bread into cubes and dump into a large bowl.
I then add a box of broth to the mixture on the stove, then I taste it to see if it needs more seasoning. I adjust the flavors then I dump it all into the bowl with the bread and mix it up real well. Now if it is too dry you can add more broth and/or vermouth. That's it. How easy peasy is that?
I stuff my bird so the stuffing will pick up some turkey juices. This year, I actually had and extra pan of stuffing that I cooked outside of the bird. To make it tastier, you can add some of the turkey juices to stuffing cooked outside.
It was so delicious and easy. Unless I am in a tremendous hurry, I always make my own stuffing. It's just one of those things that is delicious and not so much work that you can't make it yourself.
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