My grandmother's and my mother's and now my recipe for sausage stuffing, good for stuffing into a Thanksgiving turkey or serving any time of year on the side. This is good stuff! Best of all, it couldn't be simpler to make!
Does every family have its tried-and-true traditional stuffing recipe? Mine does. This was my grandmother’s stuffing recipe and my mother’s too. It’s my sister’s stuffing recipe and yes, mine too. I just did the math: this means we’ve been using this stuffing recipe for 90 years. Ninety years, that’s a lot of tradition.
In Nana’s day, roast turkey was traditional for Canadian Thanksgiving in October and again at Christmas. Turkey was a special treat because whole birds were only available during the cold months.
Story goes, one year the family was finishing Christmas dinner when there was a knock at the door. My grandfather had forgotten inviting another family for dinner! Nana managed to put together a suitable repast and the family ate twice that day.
Me, I make the stuffing the day before; it’s the starting bell for the sprint of Thanksgiving cooking. Some years, then, I tuck the stuffing into the turkey for roasting, other years I turn it into a baking dish and just rewarm in the oven. Either way: delicious.
NANA’s SAUSAGE STUFFING
Time to table: 30 minutes
Can be made ahead & reheated
Makes 6 cups
- 1 pound pork sausage or ground pork
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 ribs celery, chopped
- 8 ounces hearty bread (see TIPS), torn into pieces
- 1 large egg, whisked
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning (see TIPS)
- Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
In a large skillet (two, if needed) cook the sausage, adding the onion and celery as they’re prepped. When the meat is fully cooked and the vegetables soft, stir in the bread, stirring to coat with fat.
Separately, mix the remaining ingredients and gently pour over the sausage-bread mixture, letting it soak in. Let cook for a few minutes, until egg mixture sets. As outside edges begin to brown, turn occasionally.
To serve immediately, transfer to a serving dish, serve and savor.
To serve later, transfer to an oven-safe baking dish, let cool, cover and refrigerate. Preheat oven to 350F and warm clear through, about 30 minutes. Serve hot.
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