Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Stuffing

Sorry for tiny-ness of the picture

It's turkey day this week!  We'll be out of town and sort of swapping the traditional dinner for grabbing some grub after the Macy's parade.  But you know I can never truly skip Thanksgiving dinner, especially the stuffing!  So I made a mini version before FHE last week with my own take on grandma's stuffing and a little help from Rachel Ray in the turkey department.  :)    And so, I now can give you:  Apple Sausage Stuffing, the recipe!

12 oz sausage, crumbled
 1 medium white onion, diced
4 ribs celery, sliced up
2-3 small apples, diced (I like golden delicious and I don't peel them but you can do whatever you want)
1 forkful minced garlic (I buy the pre-chopped but my best guess would be about a clove)
tiny pinch of nutmeg
2 T butter
2 bags croutons (I use "Fresh Gourmet" butter & garlic but again, just pick)
2 dried bay leaves
2 cups chicken stock

Brown and crumble sausage, transfer to plate w/ paper towel to drain.  In the same skillet saute onion, celery, apples and garlic, then add in nutmeg and salt n' pepper when everything's starting to get soft, set aside.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Put butter in a rectangle cake pan and let melt while oven preheats.  When butter is melted, pour in croutons and coat.  Then add in sausage and onion/celery/apple mixture and toss until evenly distributed, lay bay leaves on top.  Drizzle chicken stock over all of it until everything is pretty moist.  Bake 15-20 minutes.  I pull it out at 15 to fluff it a little and see how it's coming.  Pull out bay leaves and serve!

Whoops!  I forgot, I always toss in a couple handfuls of craisins before I bake it.  Just p.s.


kristen said...

so weird... i was just going to ask you for this. our first year without jennie's famous stuffing! and i had a special request from landen. happy thanksgiving!

Meredith said...

I'm making this for Thanksgiving. My stuffing needed 'umph' and I know this one's gonna be delish, thanks for sharing!