Guess how many days it is until Thanksgiving? Twenty-Three. Guess how many days until Christmas? You don’t want to know. Let’s take them one at a time and start with Thanksgiving. Even though I have a traditional Midwest stuffing I make every year, I also make another stuffing on the side just for fun. It’s always one I have never tried, so it’s a surprise even to me. This year I am thinking about trying a cornbread stuffing with smoked paprika and bulk chorizo. One year I made a homemade loaf of prosciutto, fennel seed, and olive oil bread and cubed it for the stuffing base. I love stuffing – I might even like it more than the turkey.
It’s time to add a little pizzazz to your stuffing! This cookbook has more than 100 ideas to make your Thanksgiving meal special. Stuffing doesn’t even have to be in the turkey or even in a casserole dish. It can be formed into balls and baked, or placed in muffin tins. My mom used to make stuffing balls with cranberries added. After Thanksgiving, I like to fill mushroom caps with leftover stuffing, drizzle with a little turkey gravy and bake. So good. Here are a few of the stuffing ideas from the book: Chinese Ginger and Sesame Stuffing; Mediterranean-Style; Texas-Style Bourbon Stuffing; Tropical Hawaiian; Fig and Bacon; and German Apple and Sausage Stuffing. There is even stuffing for seafood such as a salmon with a dill stuffing and a dill mustard sauce; Snapper Teriyaki with an Asian stuffing; Parmesan and White Wine-Stuffed Sea Bass; or an Italian scampi stuffing in halibut.
Even if you family insists on your own traditional stuffing, be a little daring and make a second one just for fun. As far as I’m concerned, a Thanksgiving table can never have too much stuffing. With this book and your imagination, the possibilities are endless!
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