I have the whole apartment to myself this week! Well, more like the dogs and I… They make great company. C is off to my home state of NJ doing his work thang all week. Which means I made a giant dish of stuffing all for myself. That’s okay. It’s so good that I don’t mind eating it for the next 4 days. Might only last 3 days actually…
By the way, “stuffing” is a misnomer. This recipe is for a dressing. I’ve successfully cooked 3 turkeys in my life and never have I cooked anything inside one. I have no desire to stuff this inside anything besides my belly. But whatever, who says “dressing” anyway? Only weirdos. Sorry if you’re a weirdo. I still like you anyway.
There’s a bunch of things cooked separately for this recipe, and then they are all cooked together. I know, sounds really dumb and pointless. But just trust, it’s not. All that work yields to a perfect mixture of delicious textures.
This is a perfect dish to prepare ahead of time up to right before the step you put everything in the oven. Cover and put in the fridge a day or 2 before Thanksgiving and bake on the big day. One less thing to worry about while getting ready for the guests and about to have a nervous breakdown. Don’t you love hosting Thanksgiving?
- 1.5 lb sausage, out of casing
- 1 large sweet potato, cubed
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 10 oz mushrooms, sliced
- 1 large apple, cubed
- 3 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup chicken broth or bone broth
- 2 tsp fresh thyme
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Toss the sweet potato cubes with 1 tbsp melted butter, salt, and pepper, and bake for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat a tbsp of butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
- Throw in onion slices, celery, and garlic into the skillet and sauté until the onions are soft.
- Add the sausage to the pan and cook, breaking it up, until the meat is browned.
- Pour out as much liquid as possible, and place the mixture into a 9x13 baking pan.
- In the same skillet, heat another tbsp of butter.
- Add mushrooms with salt and pepper to the pan and let them cook until they sweat out most of the liquid and become soft.
- Add the apple cubes and sauté for 5 more minutes.
- Pour the mixture into the baking pan with the sausage mixture.
- Add chopped nuts and cooked sweet potato cubes to the mixture.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, thyme, broth, and salt and pepper.
- Pour into the baking pan.
- Stir everything together to mix well.
- Bake in the 400 degree F oven for 30 minutes.
- Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.