There are lots of different ways to do stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner. You can use white bread, some kind of fancy bread (like challah or brioche), cornbread, or skip the bread all together and do a sausage based stuffing. You can make it fancy by adding nuts like pecans or chestnuts, or by adding fruit like apples or cranberries. You can add mushrooms or water chestnuts or just keep it simple with onions and celery. You can do the traditional herbs with sage and thyme or jazz it up with a little spice.
Some of my favorite memories from my childhood are of making pumpkin pie with my mama for Thanksgiving. Every year the Tuesday before Thanksgiving we would make two pumpkin pies, you know because you have to have lots of leftovers. And we always made it from scratch, including the crust. Well except for the pumpkin puree. We would used canned pumpkin, but I still say that’s pretty darn close to from scratch! In fact I had never even tried the roll out Pillsbury crust until I was at least 17 or 18. (I don’t feel like I missed out at all on that one).
As promised, I am back today with another recipe for your real food Thanksgiving feast. I know this might sound weird but cranberry sauce is my absolute favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. Well besides pumpkin pie obviously. But that’s dessert so it doesn’t count. At least in this case. I literally can’t take a bit of turkey unless it’s drowned in cranberry sauce. And my stuffing has to have cranberry sauce on it too. Unless it has dried cranberries in it. Then it’s usually fine without it.
I cannot believe it is only two weeks until Thanksgiving! I am already obsessing about all thing Holiday. I used to be good about waiting until after Thanksgiving to start watching Christmas movies and listening to Christmas music but I’ve already started this year. Okay, I started several weeks ago But I haven’t busted any decorations out so I’d say I’m practicing some serious restraint right there! I’m absolutely not trying to overshadow Thanksgiving by getting into the Christmas spirit early. Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday (behind Christmas obviously). I’m just trying to make this whole wonderful season last a little longer. The Christmas tree will wait til after Thanksgiving though.