Forget the Bird

While it might be more aptly referred to as dressing, since I don't stuff the turkey, in my mind, it is stuffing, and it must be made with the recipe below.  I used to make this for Thanksgiving every year, along with cranberry relish (recipe below), mashed sweet potatoes with bourbon, and a scrumptious spinach casserole. Now that family is scattered,  it is every man for himself, and I may never need to touch another dead bird again.

That's right, y'all can have your turkey. I will never understand the appeal. The side dishes are king. Besides, pulling out that bag of innards, is a nasty job. I wear gloves, and then I figure they are full of germs, and I throw them in the trash. Being wasteful then puts me in a bad mood. Who knows what I then do to the food.

Last year I served beans, and cornbread. The year prior, Indian food was on the menu. This year BG wants to make spanakopita as the main dish, and pumpkin pie as dessert. That sounds like an interesting combo.

Harvest Stuffing

     1 c. shredded carrot
1 c. chopped celery
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. butter
1 tsp. ground sage
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon pepper
8 c. dry bread cubes (I use bagged)
2 c. finely chopped and peeled apple
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1/4 c. wheat germ
1/2 to 3/4 c. chicken or vegetable broth
In a skillet, cook carrot, celery and onion in butter until tender but not brown.
Stir in sage, cinnamon and pepper. In a large mixing bowl, combine bread cubes, apple, walnuts and wheat germ.
Add cooked vegetable mixture.
Drizzle with enough chicken broth to moisten, tossing lightly.
Use to stuff one 10 pound turkey, or bake in a casserole, which is what I do.
Makes 10 servings.
Cranberry Relish
12 oz bag of cranberries
3 T chopped red onion, or shallots
3/4 C golden raisins (plumped in warm water if not soft)
3/4 C red currant jelly
1/3 C sugar
Generous pinch of Cayenne pepper
3 T lemon juice

Pick over cranberries and rinse them. Chop coarsely by hand or in food processor.
Scrape cranberries into a bowl, and add the onion.
Chop the raisins and add to cranberries.
Combine the rest of the ingredients, except for the lemon juice, in a small saucepan.
Heat the mixture, stirring, over medium heat until it is quite hot, and the sugar is dissolved. I
Pour the hot mixture over the cranberries, onion, and raisins.
Add the lemon juice and mix well.
Cover and refrigerate overnight before serving.

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  1. I agree with you on the turkey...I hate touching it raw! I make my husband do it. :-) This stuffing (I agree...that's what it should be called) sounds delicious! - www.delightfulcountrycookin.com

  2. Hi Lisa
    Your stuffing recipe sounds delicious. Mmmmm I love Christmas dinner, turkey and all the trimmings. I know you have that for Thanksgiving.

  3. Hummmmm, cinnamon??? I do believe I need to try that one out! Thanks!

    I love the turkey, I just keep a spray bottle of bleach on hand to take care of the nasties! Heeehehehe! :o)

    God bless and enjoy this glorious day!!!

  4. Hi Lisa, thank you for your visit. I am still trying to catch up with everyone. Love your take on turkey, however turkey and stuffing it is. Cranberries too but just cooked with sugar. Your stuffing really sounds much like mine but better. Carrots are an interesting addition.

    Hugs, Jeanne

  5. You are so funny! LOL! I actually do like turkey, but I like the dressing... oops, I mean "stuffing" more. ;-)


    Sheila :-)

  6. You know, you can buy those disposable glvoes in a box pretty cheaply from a beauty supply store ;)

    I don't have to worry about fooling with a turkey, no one in my house really cares to eat one. We'll do it out of obligations with his family on Thursday & mine on Friday but one thing I won't be eating at WDW next week? A giant turkey leg :-)