OK, Christmas is my overall favorite holiday. I love the corny music, the lights and all the holiday cheer. And obviously the cookies. But Thanksgiving is my favorite “food” holiday. The reason: I love stuffing. Seriously, it’s a problem. I could just eat the stuffing and say screw it to the bird and all the other sides.
I’m sure there’s some anti-carb person out there gasping in horror, but I will not budge. Today at lunch, my coworker was telling me how she was in need of a stuffing recipe, so I asked my mom (because how else would I get a trustworthy recipe?) and she promptly emailed me the directions.
I don’t really have any tales about making this, but I wanted to share it anyway, especially with the holiday coming up.
So, here it is, from the kitchen of Mom, the best stuffing recipe ever! (OK, I”m slightly biased. So what?!)
Stuffing for a 17 pound turkey:
42 slices day old bread, torn up or cubed(You can use leftover crusts or hamburger buns)
1 1/4 cup chopped onion
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 1/2 cup butter (I use at least one stick margarine and the rest butter)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp pepper
3 tsp poultry seasoning
3 tsp ground sage
12-24 TBSP chicken broth or water
Cook onion and celery in butter until tender.
Combine seasonings and toss with bread.
Combine bread and onion/celery/butter. Add enough broth to moisten. It should feel a little sticky. If you are putting in a casserole, add more broth as it is cooking.
Hints: I get the cheap bread for this. I also freeze bread crusts or leftover buns and then use them for the stuffing. Generally I use white bread but with the leftovers i throw in wheat, rye, 12 grain, etc but still have the majority of it white. You can do the onion/celery mixture the day before, cover, refrigerate and then reheat until the butter melts. You can also mix the bread and spices the day before and cover until ready
Added picture just for fun. In college, I worked at the University Writing Center and my friend Barbara (also my mom’s name) hosted Tutor Thanksgiving. I was one of the people in charge and we used my mom’s recipe for that too!
This is me in Barbara’s apartment working on the stuffing the night before our Tutor Thanksgiving, held the week before the actual holiday. It was so much fun! Ah, memories.