Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mocksgiving and Stuffing Recipe

I told you about our dinner party.
It has been ages since we've had anyone over.
It was a big success.
I was calling it "Mocksgiving" because it was a mock Thanksgiving dinner. 
In hind sight I should have called it "Friendsgiving." 
I hope our friends know that I wasn't mocking the wonderful traditions of Thanksgiving Day.

Everything went pretty well until Bill showed one of our new friends the kid's closets upstairs. What? It is a well know fact that I'm a stuffer. He has lived with me and our closets for 31 years. I'd just thrown a stack of blankets in there along with the lamps, pictures and knick knacks that don't have a home right now. 
Do you throw things in the closet right before guests come over?  
How embarrassing.
The second thing that didn't go so well was the nest chargers.

The men stripped theirs off of the table in short order after Bill led a rebellion of de-nesting. 
We ladies stubbornly stuck to using our chargers.  
Oh well.
It was cute but I'll probably never use them again. 
Too messy and the plate sort of slid around inside the nest.

Anybody need a gently used wreath?
Because now I have 6 of the same size.

Our guests said the food was really good.
I promised to share our stuffing recipe with you.

Yankee Stuffing.
I package Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Classic Stuffing 
1 cup of Johnsonville sweet Italian sausage (3 links)
I medium apple should equal about a cup 
(I used a Honey Crisp)
1 cup celery
1 cup onion
Dice everything and add it to the stuffing.
Melt 5 tablespoons butter
1 bullion cup dissolved in a cup of water.
Add additional water to desired consistency. It might seem a little dry but it will moisten as the apples cook down.
Put some in the bird. Stuffing the bird seems a little invasive and gross. I felt like I should say excuse me. 

We use a roaster to free up space in the oven. A little butter smeared over the top of the turkey browns it enough. We don't eat the skin. If it doesn't brown, it isn't a big deal.

Put the rest of the stuffing in a casserole dish.
Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees until warm.

Dressing is the preferred turkey accompaniment here in the south. 
Personally I can't abide the taste of it and Bill remembers feeling crushed at seeing a perfectly good pan of cornbread mixed with "gross stuff" as he recalls it. 
He is a stuffing convert.
Which do you prefer? Stuffing or Dressing?
I hope you are having a great day.


  1. I'm with your hubby. Dressing only, no cornbread. Those nests look really cute, so hope you got some good pictures before you gave them away. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. I guess we use the words dressing and stuffing interchangeably, but our is similar to your recipe. Looks delish! I imagine the guys in our family would do the same with their nests, but the gals would love it!

    My husband opened a closet door for his parents when we were first married. I was mortified!!

  3. Katie,
    Sorry the wreath chargers did not work out so well. It is the thought and I am sure the food made up for it. I have a very similar dressing recipe that my kids love and I make each year. Yours sound pretty yummy too. Glad you enjoyed your dinner with friends.