Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Let's Talk Turkey....

...or stuffing, or sweet potatoes, or pumpkin pie, or any other delicious dish that must be on your Thanksgiving table in order to have that complete feeling of satisfaction.

Hopefully, tomorrow will be a wonderful day for all my readers who celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday -- filled with family and friends, a delicious meal, and -- if it's your thing -- football!

I thought it would be fun to ask you a Thanksgiving question:

What item is absolutely necessary for you to have on Thanksgiving?

We all have that "must have" food that Thanksgiving just would not be complete without.

For me, I live for the dressing (or stuffing, depending on where you live). I'm not much of a cook, but I make a delicious autumn dressing that I developed by combining the best of several recipes. It's a mix of sweet/savory flavors and is so easy to make:

Joanne's Autumn Dressing:

olive oil & butter
1 onion (chopped)
2 celery stalks (chopped)
1 red apple and 1 granny smith apple (chopped)
1 package pork sausage (Italian sausage is good, too!) (remove casing)
1 small package cubed ham
1/2 cup dried cranberries/raisins (Sun-Maid makes a combo pack)
chopped pecans
fresh sage -- chopped finely
1 package dried cornbread and herb stuffing mixture
1 large container chicken stock
salt, pepper to taste


Sautee chopped ingredients (onion, celery, and apples) in olive oil and butter. Add dried cranberries and raisins (I like lots), chopped pecans, and a bit of fresh sage for light browning. Remove and place in large mixing bowl. Brown sausage (remove casing) until fully cooked and add ham to lightly brown. Add to bowl, and mix in dried cornbread stuffing mix, salt & pepper according to your taste, and add chicken stock to desired consistency. Place in greased baking dish and top with a few extra pats of butter and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown and warmed through, about 25-30 minutes.

This is so easy and delicious! The above recipe is good for a fairly large family; double it for a big crowd. It's all good. I developed this recipe as my mom always stuffed her turkey with her elegant oyster dressing...and I don't eat oysters! I won't even go there.

So here's to wishing you and yours abundant blessings (and good eating) on Thanksgiving Day!


Yvette said...

Sweet Potatoes or Yams, in any incarnation. For me, it's not Thanksgiving without 'em. :)

Thanks for good wishes and for the wonderful sounding recipe, Joanne.

Have a Great Thanksgiving!

Julie at Outlandish Dreaming said...

Your dressing sounds great! I hope you have a wonderful T-giving!

For me, sweet potatoes or yams is a must, but so is pumpkin pie! This year I'm making mostly of everything, pies, a pumpkin cheesecake, a sweet potato casserole and a mashed potato casserole - tomorrow I'll be busy! Oh - did I mention the turkey? That too!

Joanne said...

Hi, Yvette and Julie -- I'm right there with ya! Sweet potatoes (dripping with brown sugar, butter and pecans!)run a close second for me! Delish!

Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Joanne.

I might just have to try out your stuffing recipe next year! Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated in October, but I'll celebrate with all my American friends in spirit :-)

As for what is necessary on my Thanksgiving plate? Turkey, mashed potatoes, broccoli casserole, cranberry sauce, stuffing and, for desert, pumpkin pie with loads of fresh whipped cream. Okay, now I'm hungry.

Anjuli said...

Have a wonderful thanksgiving Joanne- I'm going to steal your recipe for stuffing :)...I do love a great stuffing & Thanksgiving appears to be one of the few times I allow myself this delicacy. But I think for me the pumpkin pie is an absolute MUST for Thanksgiving :)

For years I lived in countries where I didn't have the opportunity to eat these 'thanksgiving' foods- so it has been great fun indulging now that I'm living here in the States :)

Joanne said...

Melissa - Sounds yummy! And a happy Thanksgiving (no matter when we celebrate it) to you and yours!

Anjuli - I hope you like the recipe, and have a blessed day with your family!

Carole Rae said...

I would say the turkey, but in my heart thats not true. I wouldn't care if there was a turkey or not. If there isn't mashed potatoes and gravy I would feel cheated. =(

ANYWAYS, happy Thanksgiving Joanne!

Staci said...

Thanks for the recipe. Have to have pumpkin is a must!

Happy Thanksiving, my friend!

Joanne said...

Carol Rae -- You and my husband are alike...he's all about the mashed potatoes! ;)

Staci - Thought of you and your family, especially your son that is serving in the military. Hope you all have happy holidays. :)

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