Welcome back all my peeps! Today I’m going to be sharing a recipe that is very near and dear to me. Thanksgiving stuffing made (almost) the way my grandmother used to make it! The reason I say almost is because I never actually got her recipe written down, and I go by memory and taste. My grandmother always said that she was going to end up taking her stuffing recipe to her grave because nobody ever wanted it. Which is why it is almost my grandmother’s recipe, because I’m pretty sure she added some spices that I do not.
Stuffing can be versatile or a basic dish, but there’s no denying that it is a key part of the Thanksgiving tradition. I have had Thanksgiving dinner with a lot of family and friends. Box stuffing, stuffing with cranberries, and even oyster stuffing have all been on the menu over the years. Although a lot of people like oyster stuffing I can honestly say never again.
Going the route of the boxed premade stuffing where you just add water is pretty foolproof. It’s easy to use for a first time try at Thanksgiving dinner. However, I find it to be very impersonal. Call me crazy, but I like my stuffing to be homemade and created with love.
As a little girl I would help in the prep work of making the stuffing. My grandma would lay out slices of bread on a sheet overnight so that it could get stale. The next day she would get a large pot of warm water and we would dip the stale bread into the water. Soggy bread! What kid wouldn’t love to play with soggy bread, am I right? (HA!) So we would take the wet, stale bread and we would crumble it into a large tray. Although I still don’t know why she did it that way I still use this technique. Most recipes call for you to cube the stale bread and then mix it dry. Personally, I feel like the stuffing would be dry. The ending result should not be dry stuffing.
My grandmother is no longer with us, but I think she would be pleased with the recipe that I have tweaked. It may not be super complex or fancy schmancy with oysters (yuck!), but it reminds me of love and family, and I’m hoping it does that for you too.
- 1 16 oz pkg Jimmy Dean Premium Pork Sausage (Sage or Regular)
- 3 Celery Ribs, Chopped
- 1 Large Yellow Onion
- 4 Tbs Rubbed Sage
- 1 Tbs Poultry Seasoning
- 3 Loaves Day-Old Bread
- 3 Eggs, Lightly Beaten
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Take a bowl of warm water. Dunk day-old bread in and crumble into a separate bowl.
- Cook sausage, celery and onion over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink.
- Crumble the sausage and drain. Remove from heat. Stir in sage and poultry seasoning with sausage.
- Add the wet bread with sausage mixture and toss.
- Whisk eggs; pour over bread and stir gently to combine. Transfer to a greased baking dish.
- Bake covered for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake another 12-18 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Thermometer should read 165 degrees.
When you wet the bread be sure to wring the water out of it before you crumble it up. You do not want excess water in your stuffing.
So there you have it! The biggest differences I think between my stuffing and my grandmother’s is onion and celery salt.
Another tidbit of information I find to be especially important here is what you cook the stuffing in. Having a household of just myself and the husband who eat turkey (the dogs get boiled chicken!) I don’t cook an entire turkey. We buy a turkey breast which we throw in the crockpot, so my stuffing goes in the oven in casserole dishes. In the past I did stuff a turkey and I find it tastes delicious no matter which way you do it!
Storing the stuffing is another bonus. I make enough to feed an army (haha!) When we’re done stuffing our faces, I put a portion of the leftovers in the fridge, and the rest in the freezer. Make sure to wrap it up nice and tight! Even though I believe the stuffing will be good up to 6 months, I don’t go past 3 months. You just have to let it thaw out a bit in the fridge and then toss it in the microwave for a couple minutes. If you don’t like microwaves – I hate microwaves – then you can toss it in the oven for 15ish minutes. Just remember it depends on how much you’re heating up, determine how long it needs to stay in the oven based on your own preferences.
So there you have it! My spin on my grandmother’s homemade stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving.
This holiday try to remember all that you’re thankful for. Appreciate your loved ones and give them extra hugs and kisses this time. Use your words and tell them how much you care for them because trust me your words hold weight. They will be glad to hear how much you care for them.
This is the part of the post where I ask what your favorite stuffing is! How about your favorite Thanksgiving recipe? As always I love hearing from you guys so comment below.
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