The days after Thanksgiving…what do you run out of first? We always are left with lots of starches and run out of turkey first. Part of the “problem” is that we make lots of starches and only the one turkey breast. So, what to do? Well, rolls are great for a lunch sandwich to switch things up a bit. Mashed potatoes can go with lots of proteins. But what about stuffing? It is generally best with poultry, but this year I decided to casserole-it. It already had sausage in it, so I figured I would turn it into a breakfast casserole.
This is an oven testing recipe. Unintentionally. Have you heard about how you can test your oven for hot spots by spreading out a bunch of bread slices on a sheet and toasting them to see which parts get brown first? Well I never wanted to do that because it seemed like a waste of bread, but for this recipe you need to do it so I got to test my oven and eat the bread! Oh, and yes, this is another Thanksgiving post. So sue me. (Please don’t.)
You will notice the pictures are from two different occasions. The first time, I followed the original recipe but wasn’t completely happy with it. I wanted more vegetables and an easier chicken experience…carving chickens are “meh” but eating chicken thighs are easy. So, I added more vegetables (yummy carrots!) and switched to thighs. I also used my Dutch oven to give myself a little more room for those vegetables. That part mattered less, but I do recommend adding what tastes good to you.
Yeah, not really Pstuffing, but when you have popcorn and potatoes already in the title, it seems better that way. These dishes were all….okay. I liked them, but not sure if I loved them. Let’s start with the Pstuffing…okay, stuffing.
In between two apple posts, here is a topic changer! I wanted to post about my trip back home and holiday activities to date. How is your holiday season going? After arriving back in Maryland just over a week ago, I am finally adjusted to the time zone. It was time to get ready for traditions, family, and food!
So originally I wasn’t going to post anything today. I was going to just recover from the crazy feasting and pick up on Monday, but since I made a couple new dishes, I decided to post the most Thanksgiving-est one today. Who knows, maybe you have extra turkey but not enough sides and you want to whip something up. That was a big issue growing up. We would often have loads of turkey but not enough stuffing (my favorite side) to go around.
If you follow me on Facebook, you would have seen that I’ve never made stuffing from scratch before. I was a Stove Top queen, but decided it was time to branch out. I was excited that we were having Thanksgiving at my in-laws’, because it meant that I could be a bit more involved (my family takes over with at least 3 entrees and a gazillion sides, appetizers, desserts, etc.). This recipe could be made without the sausage, but you might find that you need a bit more sage or other seasoning to make up for the missing salt. You might also need a bit more butter.