Is it actually stuffing if it’s not stuffed inside a bird? Technically no, it would be dressing. But I am rarely one for technicalities and the holidays usually have enough political debate all on their own without bringing up this delicate subject. So let’s call it stuffing since that’s what my mom called it and as we all know, mom is always right.
Growing up we always had a box (actually four boxes) of the Stove Top stuffing that my mom would mix together at the last minute in a metal pot on the stove. My mom was in charge of the turkey, the mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and some sort of rolls which usually came out of a bag and I always ate too many of.
My grandma brought the best cranberry and orange relish, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and usually a pumpkin pie and an Oreo cheesecake pie from Price Chopper because the woman knew how to say “I’ve spent enough time in the kitchen.” I think we’ve all gotten a bit of our feminist side from her.
My Grandma would always make the gravy while the turkey was resting and then we’d all sit down at the long, dining room table that over the years has grown longer and eventually spilled into the kitchen to accommodate everyone.
I have very fond memories of that boxed, stuffing mix and it wasn’t until a few years ago that it even occurred to me to make it from scratch. And stuffing with sausage in it? I was blown away.to a very wonderful place filled with flavor and poultry seasoning.
This recipe is inspired by Tony’s family recipe. It is the perfect amount of crunchy and soft with subtle flavor peeking through. The ideal side to your turkey and mashed potatoes.