Ariella came home late last night, and after a long day at work I was pretty sure she wanted some comfort food.
She loves stuffings more than turkey, and is always looking forward to turkey dinners. ( Just for the stuffing!!) I decided to make her a big pot last night so she could have something to munch on when she came home.
During Thanksgiving, most of the major groceries ran out of bread crumbs, so when I was shopping for our Christmas dinner, I had bought two big boxes of it, and now I had to use them up before they get stale. So the timing is perfect, made my girl happy and got rid of the bread crumbs !
Once again, I had used whatever ingredients I had at the moment, and this one time the consistency was just right for Ariella, she likes them a little soggy!
about 8 cups of bread crumbs for stuffing
1 package of hot italian sausage, casing removed, chopped
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
1/2 cup of dried cranberry
1 cup of beef broth
1 peeled and diced red delicious apple
pinch of salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 375
Stir fry onions until soft, throw in chopped sausage ( partially cooked in microwave), break meat up as you fry. Make sure they are in small pieces.
Add chopped apples into the meat and onion, stir around a bit.
Put mixture in oven proof casserole dish, add bread crumbs; salt and pepper, broth, stir constantly until mixture is coated. Add another cup or two water stirring all the time. This is how you determine the consistency of the stuffing, I prefer mine moist but not too soggy, so I will stir the mixture around and add in enough water just so everything is coasted with moisture. Add in cranberry, nuts and mix.
Cover the casserole, and bake for an hour.
Afater an hour, open the lid and let it bake until the top of the stuffing is crunchy.
PS: The bread crumbs are already seasoned, so I did not add any spice in there except salt and pepper. If you are using plain bread crumbs, then add a tsp of poultry seasoning the same time with salt and pepper. You have to adjust to your taste.
To say the least Ariella was very happy girl when she came home last night. Nothing like a bowl of stuffings and a glass of red wine to chase away the winter blues and the long commute.