Stuck on Stuffing
I love stuffing but I've never made it before. I'm hosting Thanksgiving for the first time and I can't decide what recipe to use. Sausage? No sausage?
I saw Giada De Laurentiis make this one a few years ago, and I thought it looked great. Has anyone ever made it, or tasted it?
Raffy's Turkey Sausage and Chestnut Stuffing
A few things that I do know...I don't want cornbread stuffing and I don't want oysters in the stuffing.
Does anyone have any great stuffing recipes to share? Or should I go with the above recipe?
Every year, making the stuffing is my favorite part of cooking the Thanksgiving meal. My mother made an awful stuffing, so my first thanksgiving on my own, I did a lot of research on concocting stuffings and have come up with some guidelines. I always use cubed bread - if you have to buy fresh, cube it and let it sit out a few days before you cook it. Then, I get about every allium in my grocery store: shallots, onions of all colors, garlic, scallions, pearl onions; chop them and sweat them, along with some diced carrots, in butter. I season with lots of fresh thyme and salt and pepper. Then I add in the bread cubes, tossing them with the butter and onion mix. Then I wet the whole thing slightly - it shouldn't drip when you squeeze a handful, but it must stick together and feel somewhat spongy - with wine, stock, or beer. I love the flavor beer adds, but suit yourself. Simple, but always gets raves. I have done cornbread, oysters, chestnuts (a royal pain, unless you can get good prepared ones somewhere), but I love the recipe I just described and so does everyone I've made it for.
As for the Giada recipe, it sounds wonderful, but no one I cook for seems to like surprises when it comes to the Thanksgiving standbys. What if you made it for roast chicken to give it a try before hand? Good luck...