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any recipes? this is my first time and im torn between a cornbread stuffing or a garden of herbs and veggies?

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  1. If you're cooking for a large group, definitely go with the cornbread stuffing. The traditionalist like it, the anti-vegetable people like it, and even the foodie-gourmet types like it.

    If you're cooking for just a few people and you know they're vegetable-lovers, then you can do the vegetable/herb mix.

    I go with a traditional mix - cornbread (which I'm baking tonight), white bread (which I'll start drying tonight), sausage, celery, onions, and sage, plus chicken broth and butter. Chopped apples have been deemed "too weird" and are not being included, but they make a nice addition.

    Link: http://seasonalcook.blogspot.com

    1. I started making this 10 years ago and people always love it. It's from Hudson's on the Bend restaurant in Austin, Texas.

      Cornbread Stuffing With Liver Pate
      2 onions, diced
      1 bunch celery, diced
      4 tablespoons garlic, minced
      4 tablespoons rubbed sage
      ½ pound butter
      2 red bell peppers, diced
      2 poblano peppers, diced
      2 jalapenos, diced
      ¾ cup liver pate, diced
      3 cups corn kernels
      16 cups cooked cornbread, crumbled
      salt and black pepper to taste
      1-2 cups turkey stock

      In butter, sauté onions, celery, garlic and sage. Add peppers, sauté briefly, and remove from heat. Add liver and corn. Fold mixture into cornbread, season with salt and pepper, moisten with turkey stock as desired, and turn into a well-butterd 12x18x2 inch pan.
      Bake at 350º until hot through and brown on top, about 45 minutes.

      1. The best stuffing is your mom's stuffing, if you liked it. My mom did a very simple stuffing which I love. Plain but good. Saute minced onion, garlic, celery in butter with Bell's seasoning. Add to torn good white bread. Add more melted butter and fresh ground pepper. Should hold together when you squeeze it in your fist but not be so wet overall that it's really greasy or soggy. You could actually use some chicken broth to moisten it too. If you cook it in the bird the taste will be better, but some people feel you risk a dryer bird. If this concerns you bake it in a pan with the turkey for the last half hour or so. If you want it very moist cover with foil, for crunchy crust, un-covered.

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        1. re: Niki Rothman

          Niki.... I do basically the same recipe as yours and it is very good & traditional!! One additional trick to keeping it moist that my grandmother & Mom have taught me is adding 1 egg to the stuffing before putting it in the turkey.

        2. The best stuffing, in my opinion, contains lots of different flavors and textures. Here's my recipe, most of which came from the Silver Palate cookbook, but I've tweaked it a bit:

          Favorite Stuffing
          12T sweet butter (1-1/2 sticks)
          2-1/2C finely chopped onions
          6 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
          3 tart apples, chunked (don’t peel)
          1 lb. bulk sausage (with sage)
          3C coarsely crumbled cornbread
          3C coarsely crumbled wheat bread
          3C coarsely crumbled white bread
          4-8 cloves garlic, minced (to taste)
          1-1/2C coarsely chopped pecans
          handful or 2 of raisins
          2t thyme
          1t sage
          salt & pepper to taste
          1/2C Italian parsley, chopped

          Melt 6T butter in skillet. Add onions & clelery and cook partially covered until onion is tender. Transfer to huge bowl. Melt remaining butter in same skillet. Add apples and cook over high heat until colored lightly, but not mushy. Put in same bowl. Brown sausage in same skillet; drain; add to bowl. Add remaining ingreds, mixing lightly with hands or wooden spoons. Cool completely before stuffing into bird.

          For extra casserole (and there will be one!)
          Place stuffing in dish and cover with lid or foil. Place in larger pan. Fill larger pan with hot water 1/2 way up the sides. Bake at 325 30-40 min. Can baste with turkey juices if it needs moisture.

          Or. just put in a baking dish, and bake until hot. Top will be crusty, which is how we like it!!

          1. The one I've always made (and now everyone who's had it does) is the James Beard one with sausage, mushroom and vermouth, if it sounds good I'll write it out in more detail. I use cornbread, and then all the usual celery, onion, egg etc.

            1. This is a very traditional stuffing, but absolutely perfect in my opinion. Originally printed in Gourmet in 1975 or something but available on epicurious!

              (Note: It's 1/3 cornbread to 2/3 regular bread, so people who don't normally like cornbread stuffing barely notice that there's cornbread)

              Link: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

              1. I'm an oyster stuffing devotee. If I ever tried replacing it with something else, there would be all out mutiny.

                It's similar to the other basic stuffings (onions, celery, turkey stock, white bread, fresh parsley, and egg), with two pints of chopped oysters and their liquor added.

                I had an old boyfriend who devoured the stuffing twice a year for three years. He then found out it had oysters in it and wouldn't touch it again. Hmmpf...that alone was reason enough not to marry the bum. ;o)

                1. Does anyone have a recipe without bread? A diabetic friend's coming over,and I know he usually avoids eating bread. I was thinking something with interesting grains, maybe? Thanks.

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                  1. re: LarryK

                    For interesting, healthy grains, quinoa came to mind. I ran a search on Epicurious and the recipe below came up. I haven't tried it, but it looks pretty sound. If you do try it, please let me know how it turned out!

                    Link: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

                    1. re: LarryK

                      Don't know if diabetics can eat it, but wild rice goes well with turkey and is special enough for a holiday. Combine cooked rice with sauteed celery, onion, chopped thyme and/or sage, and fruit if you like fruit (chopped apples, dried cranberries, raisins, dried apricots), nuts if you like nuts (pecans are best), make a little moist with butter and stock, bake in the bird.

                      Link: http://seasonalcook.blogspot.com