Stuffing is a traditional side dish that is usually served during Thanksgiving dinner. It can be made in a separate casserole dish or stuffed into a turkey before baking. Either way, it is widely known as absolutely delicious.
It can be a sweet and spicy mix of sausage, apples, and herbs that will have the whole family asking for seconds. The following recipe can be altered to taste but I think you should give the original a try before you start experimenting. Trust me, you won't be disappointed! I hope you enjoy this as one of your Thanksgiving dinner dishes.
You may know, or it may be news to you that stuffing dates all the way back to the Roman Empire, and there are also traces of evidence that it was cooked in Ancient Italy as well.
Prior to England's 16th Century, stuffing was called, 'farce', coming from the French word, farcir which ultimately transformed from the Latin word, 'farcire' which means to fill up or stuff. Fitting, eh?
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Preheat oven to 350°F. Then heat up your oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add in your sausage; then saute until the meat is browned, breaking into small pieces with your spoon, for roughly 8 minutes (depending on how fast your sausage cooks!) Using a sieve spoon, transfer your sausage into large bowl. Add in the celery and the next five of your ingredients to drippings in your skillet. Saute over a medium heat until your vegetables are soft (approximately 5 minutes). Add mixture to sausage.
Butter a 13" x 9" glass baking pan. Add in your bread to sausage mixture. Whisk together your milk, broth, and butter in a bowl to blend. Then transfer into stuffing. Season stuffing with salt and pepper to taste. Mix in eggs; transfer to prepared dish. Bake covered for around 30 minutes. Uncover and then bake another 20 to 30 minutes.
Whenever I've spent the day making a Thanksgiving feast for my friends and family, I know that I like to feel that it is appreciated so when I get invited to someone else's house for the meal, I always try to bring a little thank you gift for the host and/or hostess.
Whether it is homebaked Thanksgiving cookies, bottle of wine, or a pumpkin-scented candle, the host/hostess are always thrilled when they open their surprise.
Don't forget to bring your host or hostess a token of your appreciation this year!
Of course, the Thanksgiving table is always covered with so much more than just stuffing. So what are America's top dishes for Thanksgiving? Well, here is a list of our favorite food items. Let's see if you agree with these or not!