Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Best Turkey Stuffing Ever

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

I’ve gathered my recipes, made a list, and like all of you, today is the final shopping trip for tomorrow’s dinner. Making the grocery list got me thinking about all the different turkey stuffings. Everybody has a favorite, and they are all so different. And the ingredients! Apples, raisins, walnuts, wild rice, mushrooms, oysters, chestnuts! And that’s only a few of the options.

Some of us like our stuffing moist through and through, some of us like a crunchy top. (I’m a crunchy)

Some of us bake it in the bird, some of us don’t. (I’m a don’ter)

Here’s my favorite recipe, the best ever (in my personal opinion), the one I’ll make tomorrow:
Cook 2 pkg of Jimmy Dean sage sausage until no longer pink, add 8 oz broken up fresh mushrooms, 1 1/2 cups diced celery, 1 1/2 c. diced onions, 3 minced cloves of garlic, cook for 10 minutes, stirring, then take off the heat, add 10 oz frozen spinach (thawed & drained well), 2 tsp rosemary, 2 tsp poultry seasoning, 1 tsp black pepper, 15 oz pkg dry bread cubes, 2 c. chicken broth, 1 egg lightly beaten. Put into a buttered casserole, cover and bake at 325 for 60 minutes. If you like it crunchy, uncover for last half hour. (serves about 10)

And to start your day on a happy note:

"An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day." ~Irv Kupcinet

"On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment - halftime." ~Author Unknown

"Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often." ~Johnny Carson

"Got no check books, got no banks. Still I'd like to express my thanks - I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night". ~Irving Berlin

What’s your favorite kind of stuffing or special ingredient? Are you a softie or a crunchie? Are you an innie or an outie?