I love stuffing. It’s my favorite part of Thanksgiving. I dream about it. I remember one Thanksgiving, there was only 1 small dish of stuff. With the amount of people, you could only take a small portion of stuffing. And that was it. That was practically a crime against humanity. Nobody actually really thinks about the turkey. Or even the vegetables. It’s the stuffing.
And why shouldn’t you!?! It’s bread. Bread soaked in stock and tossed with herbs and butter. It’s heavenly. And because I don’t fuck around when it comes to stuffing, I always add sausage. Because, it’s sausage and things are better with sausage. Or bacon. And because of all these things, stuffing isn’t something you have year round. Even though you could. And you should. But you don’t. So you wait a year for stuffing. And to be allowed just ONE TINY PORTION? I think it’s actually a hate crime.
You might guess that I would normally go for buying a loaf of bread or making one and cubing it and drying it out. Or do the same with cornbread. And I’ve done that. A number of times. But, and I feel no shame in admitting this, I’ve started opting for the giant bag of stuffing mix that litters the aisles of the grocery store this time of year. I’m not talking about Stove Top, but the kind that’s out like crazy around Thanksgiving. It’s less work, pre-cubed, pre-seasoned…so why wouldn’t you? Plus you dress it up with lots of stuff.
Like this version. I take a bag and throw it into a bowl. I’ll cook up onion and celery and sage and mushrooms and sausage and pour that in. Over all that goes some homemade stock and melted butter, throw it in a pan and you’re done.
I won’t stop you if you want to use fresh bread and dry it out. But if you want to make life a littler simpler around the holidays, then I whole heartedly endorse this.