Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I wanted to bring back one of my all-time favorite traditions to share with you. My Grannie's Thanksgiving stuffing is the absolute best. Tons of sage and veggies mixed with buttery cornbread and baked to a perfectly moist stuffing with crisp edges. Each year, it is the one dish that my sister and I enjoy making with my Grannie, which always brings back years and years of memories.
I don't know how your big feast works but our Thanksgiving feast is LARGE MARGE style. We gather 20-30 people and there is more food than we could, or should be able to eat in a week, although somehow we always manage to polish it all off. Aside from my Grannie's famous stuffing, some of the other staples we have are my dad's turkey from our family's company Dream Walkin' Farms Premium Meats which never fails to rock our world, mom makes mashed potatoes, Grannie makes giblet gravy, my sister and I make roasted brussel sprouts and all the other family members bring the dish they are most famous for! We get fat, happy, watch football and play Moon (a domino game I've been playing my entire life). I would love to hear what your must-have staples are, leave me a comment at the bottom of this post!
2- 9x13" pans of Shawnee's Best or Aunt Jamima White Cornbread mix, prepared as directed
3 large white onions, chopped
2 clusters celery chopped
1 whole bottle rubbed sage
1 Tbsp oil
1/4 cup cold water
1/2 tsp salt
4 sleeves saltine crackers
5 cups Turkey Broth (from cooked turkey or store-bought chicken broth works too)
salt and pepper
Sauté oil, water, onion, celery and salt. Cover and cook on low until tender but not mushy. Strain turkey broth (to keep bones out of stuffing). Crumble both crackers and cornbread and combine in a large pan. Add turkey broth, onion mixture and 1/2 bottle sage. Use potato masher and mash as if you were making mashed potatoes. If needed, add more chicken or turkey broth to get the consistency you need. Add the other 1/2 bottle of sage and salt and pepper to taste. Be aware that the crackers are salted so make sure you taste it as you add it so not to over-salt. Pour mixture into 9x13 pans (should make 3 pans) Bake at 425 for 1 hour. After 30 minutes rotate pans in the oven (move top rack pans to bottom rack and bottom rack pans to the top rack), continue the remaining 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the feast begin!
Have a Happy Turkey Day! Gobble Gobble!