It is hard to believe it's time to pull out the roasting pans and set the table for Tom the turkey.
I love Thanksgiving,it is one of my favorite holiday's.
Families gather not to exchange gifts but with thanks, happy hearts and full bellies. A little football, a parade and stuffing!
We live across the street from an elementary school. It has a large, well manicured lawn. A few years ago we started a HUGE football game tradition on Thanksgiving morning. Family and friends come together for breakfast and a little flag football. Intended for all ages, the dad's tend to get into the "family" game and go for the gusto. Leaving the kids to cheer their aching bodied dad's on the side lines. The kids sip hot coco, eat cured breakfast meets and homemade sweets! Hmmm, who get's the better end of this deal?
Another tradition I get quite excited about. Black Friday. I know what you are thinking. "Oh boy, she is one of "those" ladies." No I am not! I just love hanging with my girl friends during their delirium at 3 a.m while we wait for Starbucks to open and watch as "those" ladies race around for deals.
And tradition number 3 that I love---stuffing! Handed down over generations. My mom's stuffing is the ultimate comfort food. It just say's "I love you." I debated sharing this recipe, I thought about leaving out an ingredient so the real recipe was not out there for all to take. Then I remembered it is the season of giving. And so I want you to have this, make it for the people you love most and enjoy with thankful hearts all that we have!
As far as I am concerned Thanksgiving could be mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing!
For this recipe you need to plan ahead. No store bought prepackaged bread crumbs!!! No, No, No! Use only real loaves of bread. This is a time to pull out your creative side. My mom uses leftover bread heals, loaves of sourdough and a hearty multi-grain or flaxseed bread. I have seen her throw in bagels. Trust me the more different kinds of bread and texture the merrier!
Approximate 8-10 cups mixed breads-- Whole grain, sourdough, bagels, English muffins, the heals of bread, ect
1 can chicken broth
1 stick salted butter
1 bunch celery
1 large onion
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp pepper
A few dashes of poultry seasoning
The day before you are going to make stuffing tear the bread into bite sized pieces. This has become another family tradition at our house for the kids. They love to help tear the bread for stuffing. Leave the torn pieces of bread in a large bowl overnight not covered so it can dry out. You could even do this 2 days before. Just make sure the bread has a stale texture before adding the wet ingredients Melt the butter in a large pan. Chop the onion and celery. Sautee in the melted butter. That's right the whole stick of butter! Cook until the onions are clear and the celery is no longer crunchy. Poor the mixture over your bread. Add the remaining ingredients to the bread. Mix everything together with your hands. It's a dirty job but someone has to do it. And the end result is well worth it! I suggest stuffing the turkey, the stuffing tastes so much better that way. At this point either stuff your bird full of stuffing or place in a large pan. If you are opting for pan over bird baste your stuffing while cooking with some of the turkey juices. You may have left over stuffing. If it doesn't all fit in the bird place the extra in a small pan and baste occasionally.
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful holiday and I hope our stuffing makes its way to your plate!