Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Stuffing anyone?

Over the years I have toyed with stuffing, and come close to omitting it completely! My family really doesn't like it, but seriously.. I LOVE stuffing. So It seems every year I am trying a different one. Every year I love it, and well .. lets just say they don't. It doesn't keep me from trying though.

I don't stuff my bird, I like my stuffing to stand alone. In the beginning I would make my stuffing like my granny. I would use beer and bread crumbs, half a bottle of poultry seasoning, some celery and whatnot and walla! Granny's stuffing.

I toyed with Nigella Lawsons gingerbread stuffing which I love, but execution in my kitchen was lacking, I tried the oyster and rice dressing, cornbread dressing.. Paula Deen's stuffing. Nothing, nothing was changing my family into converts.

Until last year. Last year was the year that I figured it out! After a week of trial I think I have come up with the perfect Stuffing recipe.

Sausage Cranberry and Apple Stuffing


1lb breakfast sausage
4 Tbls butter
3 cups sliced leeks
2 Granny Smith Apples (peeled and chopped)
1 cup celery chopped
2 Tbls poultry seasoning
1 cup dried cranberries
6 cups bread crumbs
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
2-3 cups chicken stock
1 dark beer (optional)
1 Tbls salt
2 tsp black pepper

*What makes this recipe awesome is for the breadcrumbs, I use 2 loaves of Garlic Loaf from Kroger. Its not garlic bread, but an actual garlic loaf from the bakery. I have used a Sourdough loaf, I have used real french bread. Its yummy. The Preperage Farms bread crumbs are great, but you get more UMF if you make your own bread crumbs.*

Preheat oven to 375 Degrees

Cook Sausage in a heavy skillet over medium, making sure to break it all up. With a large slotted spoon, Transfer to large bowl with drippings. In same skillet cook butter, add leeks, apples and celery and poultry seasoning. Cook until leeks are soft. Mix in cranberries. Add to sausage. Then mix in bread and parsley. Add the beer and chicken stock until moist, not smooshy! Cook for 30 min.
It really is just that easy!


  1. YUM! You can send me any leftovers. I love stuffing too. I usually have three kinds on my plate. Cornbread, oyster and one with nuts. SO GOOD!

  2. I'm a stuffing maniac...except I can't ever find a recipe I fall in love with. My mom has tried it a million different way...but gag. I always end up eating Stove Top.

  3. Mmmmm . . . stuffing!! This sound delicious!

  4. This post should have come with a warning - do not view if you are hungry! LOL!

    I have a box of instant stuffing in the pantry. I'm tempted to whip that up right now.

    This sounds amazing! You've inspired me to forgo the Stove Top and make stuffing the RIGHT way.