Ever-so-comforting traditional stuffing.
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This was my first attempt at stuffing. Everyone loved it! And they really enjoyed having straight-forward traditional stuffing for a change, especially since there were so many different things to eat at the meal anyway. No chipotle peppers, no fancy sausage mixed in, etc., though all of that can be delicious. It was just nice to have a very tasty, tummy-warming traditional stuffing.
If you are making the full recipe for the stuffing (which is for about 10 to 12 people), then I would suggest about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of cooked Italian sausage and about 1 to 1 1/2 cups cooked mushrooms.
The mushrooms need to be sliced and cooked in advance as they loose too much water. As for the sausage (which sounds yummy), I would remove it from the casing and then break it up to fry it. I think you would need about 3/4's of a pound of raw meat, and about 3 cups of raw sliced mushrooms.
Hope this helps! Let me know how it turns out...
A 1/4 pound of butter (a stick) is 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons of butter. So 1/3 is a bit more (than the 1/4) or about 10 tablespoons and a half.
Note: This question is trying to compare a volume measurement (e.g. cup, tablespoon, etc) with a weight. As a suggestion, try to avoid these kinds of measurement comparisons. Sometimes they just don't work out very well and can be confusing.
I did my test Thanksgiving dinner last weekend (first time I have ever done a turkey so I wanted to make sure I got it right for the big day) and I found cooking the stuffing to be a problem because there is no room in my oven to put it along side my turkey. We ended up cooking it on low heat on the BBQ but the bottom was crispy.
I am wondering if I can do it in the slow cooker? Do I have to alter the liquid in it at all? Maybe start it in the slow cooker and then transfer to the oven while turkey is resting? Thoughts?
You can make in a crock pot, I have just never done it before, as I like the texture of stuffing that is baked (the crunchy bits on the sides etc).
Here is a link to what seems to be a popular recipe for stuffing on All Recipes. There were also several other recipes using this method.
I imagine you could do the whole thing in the crock pot or as you suggested you could finish it in the oven.
Good luck - Happy Thanksgiving
Just a quick add-on re: cooking stuffing on a BBQ. The BBQ is a great alternative when oven space is tight. When using the BBQ as an oven replacement, you most often do not want to put the cooking item directly over the flame. One good trick is to preheat the BBQ to the correct temperature (most BBQ's have a build in thermometer) and then you turn off all but one burner in the back. Then put the cooking item in, close the lid and keep an eye on the BBQ temperature. This is just like an oven. You can even cook your turkey on the BBQ with fantastic results.
I should also add that by Friday this week (oct 2), we will release a really great video Multi-task Player that should help you manage multiple dishes. Watch for it in the top navigation bar.
Sure you can make this ahead of time. However, it is very important that you cool it down (outside of the fridge) as quickly as possible and then refrigerate. Then when reheating, you need to make sure that you bring it back to 165 degrees for food safety reasons.
One suggestion is to prep all of the ingredients in advance. Throwing this together is very easy should you like to make this the 'day of'. Just a thought. It will be a better end result for sure. Good luck. Let me know if you have any other questions.
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I am going to bake it covered and then finish baking it off uncovered on x-mas day. Is this a bad idea? I just couldn't assemble it all on the day as I have two very young sons who are a complete handful and have to get my cooking done ahead of time while I have Grandma babysitting!
Also, I wanted to mention, I found the quantity of bread (28 cups) to be excessive in order to achieve the wet texture you wanted. I ended up using about 22 cups and added an extra egg and an extra cup and a half of stock to get the wet texture. Not sure if that is going to be successful or not! Fingers crossed!
Thanks for a great recipe anyways.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Don't get me wrong, I think stuffing is a bad thing. When it comes to stuffing, as in inside the bird, you need to get it up to 165 degrees, and once you do, your bird is usually toast. So doing dressing is a much better option.
However, regarding dressing, since carrots are so much harder and denser, I always start cooking the carrots first. In a mirepoix, they are always the slowest to cook.
I suppose, as usual, it comes down to personal preference. I don't like crunchy carrots in my dressing, though. :)
I guess we need to make a new multi-task player for parents with kids - never thought of that... Next put the turkey in the over, after that, make sure Johnny is okay in the living room, etc.
I would just bake the whole thing then. Just make sure to fully chill it and then reheat it to 165 degrees for food safety reasons. And this does make a lot of stuffing so you will be fine with the reduced amount. Good call.
I know there's no way to get this before Thanksgiving, but...
Can you give me any ideas for a corn bread dressing/stuffing?
Or,one day would be nice to see you add that for us folks who have a taste for the southern version of this dressing.
I personally do not have a corn bread stuffing recipe that I use as I am sucker for a more "traditional" stuffing (at least it's the one I grew up with). If you find one out there in the world of recipes please share it with us. In the meantime, perhaps someone else in the forum might have one that they could share with you. Cheers!
p.s. Your last comment about herbs and spices came through at the same time my response did. I would say that you might want to think about picking yourself up a copy of "The Flavor Bible". Really the combinations for these sort of things is quite endless and it also comes down to the flavors you like etc.
Last year's turned out pretty good. I also used apple juice in place of water and used pecans.
I'm looking over the recipe I used last year and can make great improvements using Rouxbe techniques.
Still, would be nice to hear from someone on flavorings.
Thanks again. This time I'll try to get a pic. and write down the recipe.
2 1/2 cups corn mill
1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup buttermilk
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
Water - Add water until mixture is kinda soupy
1 heaping tablespoon of shortening (you can use regular vegtable oil but shortening/lard is better)
I mix everything together and really well (this is important)
I use a large cast iron frying pan- grease well, preheat oven to 450 degree's.
Cook until golden brown
Cornbread - crumble up
1 stock/rib of celery - or to taste
1/2 of medium onion - or to taste
1 can of campbell's cream of chicken soup
1 to 2 tsp of ground sage - I just taste until amount desired
salt & pepper to taste ( I use quite abit of black pepper)
1/4 stick of butter
1/4 to 1/3 heavy whipping cream
I mix well and use enough stock to make it soupy, i let mine sit for about 30 minutes to asorb broth, them i add more, if desired before i pour it in dish to bake.
Gease dish with butter,
Bake on 450 degree until gloden brown or until done~
My problem is i don't measure anything. I do alot of tasting during the cooking process. Most everything in the dressing (onion, celery, salt, pepper, and even sage) you can do to suit your own taste.
Thank you so much for the corn bread recipe!
Just wondering how you would incorporate, sausage, apple, pecans, and apple juice into this recipe and what spices you would use.
Thanks again for taking the time to write this out.
Hi Everyone, I made a delicious chicken broth on Wednesday and yesterday I made the dark chicken stock which I don't think came out right. I added no salt because the video didn't call for it. I let it set overnight in the refrigerator and it is jellatin-like. Can I use the chicken broth to make this stuffing instead of the stock? Thank you JoAnn P.s. - Can I also use the broth to make the gravy in place of the stock after cooking the turkey? Again, thank you