Friday, November 21, 2008

The Holidays are upon us....

As I type this we are now less than one week away from Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it. I haven't tackled the business of who goes where for Thanksgiving yet but imagine I should contact my sons soon to see what is up. Are they going to their father's, coming to DH and my home, or inviting us there? Who's doing the cooking? Me or them? DH has to work for 4 hours the morning of Thanksgiving but will be home by noon. He is a fantastic cook but obviously can't be cooking when he has to work so that leaves me at our end. I actually look forward to the holidays. It is the time of year when I try to make a fabulous meal and then look forward to lazy days of leftovers. I thought maybe I'd share my stuffing recipe with you. It has been a big hit for years with my sons. I hope if you try it your family will enjoy it too. I like to make it the night before so it can cool thoroughly. Then Thanksgiving morning all I have to do is assemble the prepared ingredients and stuff the bird. This will stuff a 14 to 20 lb. bird.

1 bag of stuffing croutons ( I like seasoned)
1 lg. yellow onion diced
1 cup of chopped celery
1 can of french onion soup
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 can of cream of celery soup
1 can of chicken broth
2 whole eggs
1 to 2 lbs of ground pork sausage, fried and drained. May substitute hamburger if you prefer.

Fry the sausage the night before and place in paper towel lined bowl to absorb oils. Cover and refrigerate. Chop veggies night before and place in zip lock bags or covered bowls and refrigerate till morning. You can open all cans of soup and place in large covered mixing bowl till morning.
Thanksgiving: Mix eggs, croutons, meat, soups, chopped veggies together. Add your choice of seasonings if you've bought unseasoned croutons. Stuff the turkey cavity after salting the inside of the turkey. Roast turkey per instructions on turkey packaging at required temp/time per pound. Once turkey is done, remove stuffing from cavity and place in serving bowl. Enjoy!

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