Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Best Dam* Dressing. Ever.

The Best Dam* Dressing.  Ever.

Why is this the best dressing ever?  Because the mix of sweet, savory, and insane textures creates a palate experience that is out of this world.  Plus it's ridiculously simple, but looks very impressive :)

So this dressing is created in two major steps:

Step 1: Create the "wet" ingredients that will be the source of liquids for the bread to soak up.
Step 2: Fold the "wet" ingredients into the bread cubes and cover for 30 minutes.


Here's what you're going to need:

  • 1 lb of Italian Sausage
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 3 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 apples, peeled and diced
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Bread cubes (I make mine from Gluten Free Cornbread and Gluten Free Sourdough)
"Wet" Ingredients:
Step 1: Brown the sausage
Step 2: Add in carrots, celery, and onion.  Sauté until soft
Step 3: Add in the sage, rosemary, and thyme
Step 4: Add in the apples
Step 5: Cover and remove from heat
Step 6: Allow to cool and then place in the fridge until Thanksgiving Day!

"Dry" Ingredients (AKA Bread cubes)
Step 1: Cube your bread, during this time of year I like to use the pre made breads (or bread boxes) so I'm not attempting to bake everything all at once.
Step 2: Season bread cubes with sage, rosemary, thyme and allow to dry
Step 3: If not stale enough by Wednesday, place cubes in the oven at 350F and shake every 5-10 minutes until stale

On Thanksgiving Day:
Step 1: Reheat "wet" ingredients and add about two cups of chicken stock
Step 2: Mix "wet" and "dry" be careful to fold the bread cubes, rather than stir.  You want the dressing to have unique textures and not just a pre-made box kit.
Step 3: Cover for a minimum of 30 minutes for the liquid to get absorbed and then transfer to serving dishes and keep warm in oven, covered loosely with foil

  • If your dressing seems to be really dry, add some more chicken stock.
  • If you are worried about your dressing becoming too wet with the two cups of chicken stock, then add in the solids and scoop the liquids of the "wet" ingredients in until desired dampness occurs.
  • I like to keep the bread cubes and diced veggies chunky so that you can see what you are eating.

Enjoy the delicious-ness!

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