When my grandmother passed away, I received a number of things from her estate. None were as important to me as her handwritten recipe for dressing.
Not only is it the BEST dressing I've ever tasted, but it's also not too "sage"y...wonderful for those of us who don't adore sage. I add mushrooms and sometimes finely chopped oysters for personal preference.
The shared secret recipe is written out on "General Shale Brick" notepaper, the company my grandfather worked for before he died.
This is similar to my mom's recipe that she has made for years. She never measures and adds everything for our taste preferences. I have never been able to top her stuffing, but this comes very close. I don't measure the herbs. We like the sage flavor, so I tend to add more of that. I taste it until it tastes right to me. Adjust the herbs to whatever your taste preferences are. Your kitchen will smell wonderful as the herbs are cooking with the vegetables! If you like drier stuffing, adjust the amount of chicken broth. We like ours moist, so I use about 2 cans of swanson chicken broth. I always make several days ahead and freeze in ziploc bags with all the air squeezed out so that I'm not so rushed the day of the dinner.
I have used this recipe for over 30 years now (as did my mother)--and everyone loves it! An absolute requirement at our Thanksgiving Holiday table. Recipe makes enough for a 12-pound turkey, and is easily doubled. I have included the optional technique for making stuffing balls. Enjoy! Adapted from Betty Crocker. Note: see tip for freezing.
If you are an onion lover, you will absolutely LOVE these mashed potatoes, this is a simple recipe but oh so good! Use russet potatoes only for this recipe, they make the best mashed potatoes! These go perfect with a roast beef, pork or chicken dinner. For the creamiest mashed potatoes use whipping cream!
This recipe is SO SIMPLE! But oh so good!!!!!!! A great way to make a quick side dish without a lot of fuss, but great flavor! My own concoction, though I think it's Austrian...??? I think I saw Emeril?? make it years ago, but I didn't write it down. So this is my own version. My picky hubby even likes it! :) Haha! And he swears he hates Minute Rice!
A really special friend shared this recipe with me several years ago. It was his trick for dressing up those inexpensive noodles for his kids, and I think it is very good. This is great on its own as a quick meal, but can be an easy side for many dishes. We prefer the chicken or beef flavored noodles for this.
I love this recipe! It is from the "Frugal Gourmet Whole Family Cookbook" by Jeff Smith. I've made this simple recipe for many years. People are always impressed but... I never tell them how easy it is to make. Some recipes are best kept secret. But I will share this one...
Gruyère and Caramelized Onions, need I say more...
MAKE AHEAD: The spaetzle can be prepared through Step 2 and refrigerated for up to 1 day.
This recipe was created by Wolfgang Puck and published in Puck's Christmas (Dec, 2003).