Monday, October 20, 2014

31 Days to a Peaceful Holiday Season: Catch up Monday: Favorite Stuffing

Hi there!  Welcome to Almond Place! This weekend has been crazy with my work schedule and I've subsequently fallen a little behind in my blog. Back on track today!  This month, I'm focusing on the Write 31 Days project.  You can find all of the previous posts HERE.

One of my most favorite things about the holidays is the food. I don't know about you, but I loooove to eat. And I especially love Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. I can smell them already!

Everyone has their own traditions for the types of food they love at their big feast meals.  I already shared my recipe for Fresh Cranberry Sauce and I thought I'd give you another one of my favorites.

Stuffing.  I am pretty sure I could skip the entire meal and just shove my face with stuffing.  So delicious. I know there has been a lot of controversy with HOW to cook stuffing..do you put it IN the bird, or cook it separately?  Keeping in mind that I have a Mom who is a gourmet chef and former home ec. teacher, I tend to err on the side of her advice.....and Mom says "Not in the bird". Being someone who likes to enjoy my meal and not end it with a side of salmonella, I have to agree :-)  I've been cooking my stuffing this way for years and it's never failed me.

Here's how I do it:

I cut up an entire loaf of whole wheat bread into cubes.  I would likely use 2 if we were having company. I am not finicky about this, and I leave the crust on.  Then, I brush those pieces with a little olive oil after they've been spread on a couple of cookie sheets and I pop them into the oven with the broiler on to crisp them up.

Next, I prepare the spices:  Parsley, Tarragon, Basil, Salt, Paprika, Numeg, Pepper, Sage....and anything else that is inspiring me at that minute. I chop up a couple of sticks of celery for a little crunch.

I saute some onion, garlic and melt about 3/4 cup of butter.  mmmm. butter.  I use the really good butter for this stuff.  The kerrygold butter is divine.

Then, I toss it all together with the bread and pop it back into the oven to bake. I let it bake at whatever temp I'm cooking everything else at....I just keep an eye on it and when it crisps up on the top, I pull it out.  It's easy to pop it back in to warm it up right before the meal.




Here are the approximate amounts for the various ingredients:

1 loaf of bread chopped
3/4 cup of butter melted
2 tbps butter for sauteeing onions
1/2 onion (my family hates onions)
1 clove garlic minced
2-3 stalks of celery chopped
1/4 cup parsley
1 tsp tarragon
1-2 tsp basil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp sage

I hope you enjoy this recipe! It's tasty!

-Mandy

I'm linking up: The Modest Mom BlogA Mama's StoryGaray TreasuresOak & OatsCarrie This HomeA Bowl full of lemons

1 comment:

  1. Oh yum, sounds and looks so good. I am a dummy and didn't quite know about homemade dressing. Thank you for the recipe too as I need to remember to try this. Thank you for linking up today Mandy you are so sweet. Rachel xo

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