Sunday, November 1, 2009

It's a matter of ......"Thanksgiving Dinner"

What, we just had Halloween.....and you are talking about Thanksgiving? now you should know how my twisted mind works!

We had a Thanksgiving Dinner last week, as a family member was leaving to serve our country in an overseas location. We wanted this brave individual to have a vivid and recent memory of his family when he will most likely be eating an MRE's on Thanksgiving Day.

Each family has favorite dishes that are unique and special for their Thanksgiving meal. I decided to address a classic dish....which is Stuffing. I recall my mother and grandmother placing the stuffing into the turkey before baking......and I remember thinking....what a mess! More recently, we all have most likely heard that this practice of placing the stuffing inside the turkey can be risky from a safety standpoint. So what can you do that make this less "messy" and easy. (By now, you should know that "easy" is a key word for me). Why not make your stuffing in a crock pot. This method frees up a burner, and essentially a dish when you are in the throws of making this autumnal meal. Here is how to do it.

Cut your bread into cubes. My recipe called for 8 cups. Set the cubes aside. Cook your celery and Onions in butter in a pan until they are translucent. Prepare the rest of your liquids, and add meat if you wish. Since I have 5 southern babies (who are now really big!), we often have Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage. However, in these pictures, you are just seeing a traditional stuffing with white bread cubes.

Mix the wet and dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

Prepare your Crock pot by spraying it with a non-stick spray.

Place your stuffing mix in the Crock pot, turn it on low for 6-8 hours. Please remember to check on it every once in a while to make sure you have enough liquid. The best part of this method, is that I don't have to go digging into a cavity of the Turkey for the stuffing.....which is really a bonus to me!
It's easy to do. If you are wanting a recipe that will hold your hand while you do this, just use a search engine for "Crock Pot Stuffing". Or, you could always make this one step easier by using the commercial brand that is made to cook on your stove. Just do it in the crock pot instead.
Try it!

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