Monday, October 13, 2008

Thanksgiving Stuffing

If you've been looking for the best stuffing recipe, look no further. I made this fantastic recipe last year for Christmas and I haven't stopped thinking about since. Lucky for me, Thanksgiving comes early for us Canucks.

This is Elise from Simply Recipes Grandmother's stuffing. Don't the best holiday recipes come from Grandmas? They know what they're doing. I think what makes this stuffing outstanding is the giblet stock. I've also never heard of a stuffing recipe that included olives. They are a delicious surprise. A major bonus with this recipe is that it's made on the stovetop because I don't know about you, but my turkey usually takes up the whole oven and I don't have an extra one to spare. Thanksgiving dinner is my favorite meal and while I love turkey and cranberry sauce, this stuffing is the best part of the meal.

RECIPE courtesy of Simply Recipes:
1 loaf of day old French bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 10-12 cups)
1 cup walnuts
2 cups each, chopped onion and celery
6 Tbsp butter
1 green apple, peeled, cored, chopped
3/4 cup of currants or raisins
Several (5 to 10) chopped green olives (martini olives, the ones with the pimento)
Stock from the turkey giblets (1 cup to 2 cups) (can substitute chicken stock)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning or ground sage (to taste)
Salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)

If you haven't already made the stock, take the turkey giblets - heart and gizzard - and neck if you want, and put them in a small saucepan, cover with water and add a little salt. Bring to a simmer; simmer for about an hour, uncovered. Strain the stock into a container for use with the stuffing. Alternatively, you can use chicken stock or just plain water with this recipe. Toast the walnuts by heating them in a frying pan on medium high heat for a few minutes, stirring until they are slightly browned (not burned) OR put them in the microwave on high until you can smell the aroma of them toasting, about a minute or two. Let them cool while you are toasting the bread, then roughly chop them. Heat a large sauté pan on medium heat. Melt 3 Tbsp butter in the pan, add the bread cubes, and stir to coat the bread pieces with the melted butter. Then let them toast; only turn them when they have become a little browned on a side. Note, if you aren't working with somewhat dried-out day-old bread, lay the cubes of bread in a baking pan and put them in a hot oven for 10 minutes to dry them out first, before toasting them in butter on the stove top. The bread should be a little dry to begin with, or you'll end up with mushy stuffing. In a large Dutch oven, sauté chopped onions and celery on medium high heat with the remaining 3 Tbsp butter until cooked through, about 5-10 minutes. Add the bread. Add cooked chopped walnuts. Add chopped green apple, currants, raisins, olives, parsley. Add one cup of the stock from cooking the turkey giblets or chicken stock (enough to keep the stuffing moist while you are cooking it). Add sage, poultry seasoning, salt & pepper. Cover. Turn heat to low. Cook for an hour or until the apples are cooked through. Check every ten minutes or so and add water or stock as needed while cooking to keep the stuffing moist and keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Serves 8-10.


Lo said...

I've not yet found the perfect stuffing recipe, so I'll definitely put this one on my list. If it tastes HALF as great as it looks, it should be unbeatable.

We Are Not Martha said...

Hmmm I might have to try this. I'm doing Thanksgiving with friends this year...I'm in charge of the stuffing and though I SO want to make my mom's, I also want to have something to look forward to for family Thanksgiving (and it makes it more special if I know I can only get it from my mom's kitchen!).


~Madeline~ said...

Aw, thanks Lo. I really do encourage you to try it, it is by far the best stuffing I have ever had. Let me know if you try it.

Hi Sues, Some things are just better made with Mom's hands right? I call those "magic hands." If your Mom won't be offended you should definitely try this one out. If you do, I would love to hear how it went.

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