Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
Mother-in-law made this for our Thanksgiving weekend wedding rehearsal, back in 1978. It has been a part of our holiday menu every year since then---with a few additions, substitutions and tweaking over the years. Try some of the optional ingredients, too!
- 1 lb ground beef (combine with mild-spicy pork sausage)
- 1 loaf bread
- 1⁄2 lb butter, divided
- 1⁄2 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 2 -3 large onions, finely chopped
- 4 -5 stalks celery, finely chopped
- Saute meats in large frying pan. While that is cooking, cube the bread (leave the crusts on).
- Dump bread cubes into a large bowl. When meat is cooked through, dump into a colander to rinse and drain; then add to the bread cubes, toss lightly.
- In same frying pan, add a dab of butter and saute the mushrooms. When they begin to get limp and juicy, dump into bowl with meat-bread mixture. Toss lightly.
- In frying pan, with another dab of butter, saute onion and celery. When onion is transparent either dump into bowl and toss OR dump into blender jar along with 1/4-1/2 cup melted butter and swirl into fine-ness. (This is for the kids who don't like to see chunks of "yukkies" as my son complains!), THEN pour over bread cube mixture and mix inches.
- Sprinkle herbs over the top, and toss again.
- Depending on how "juicy" you like your stuffing/dressing, melt another 1/2 cup of butter and drizzle over and stir.
- This is used for stuffing turkey, goose or chicken.
- Dressing can be baked in a greased, covered casserole dish at 325-350°F for 30-40 minutes.
- OPTIONAL ADD-INs: Try one or two of the following suggestions: 1-2 small cans sliced (minced) water chestnuts, 1/2 - 1 cup green olives, 1 cup chopped toasted nuts (walnuts are great!). Try a 1/4-1/2 cup cornmeal for an entirely different flavor.
- SUBSTITUTE: 1-2 small cans of drained mushroom stems and pieces instead of the fresh ones. Other herbs and LOTS of pepper are great too. Try a combination of wholewheat and white bread.
- LEFTOVERS: Reheat in the oven or microwave; keep pan covered unless you like it a bit drier. Use as a bread-like crust for Turkey Divan (with broccoli spears, turkey pieces, grated cheese and cream-of-mushroom soup over the top--baked).
This is by far the best stuffing I have ever had or made. So good, I won't be waiting until the Holidays to make this again. It went really well with my the chicken I made for dinner and there were plenty of left overs for tommorrow. Thank you Debber for sharing this recipe. **** Made and reviewed for ZAARTAG****