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Old 11-02-2007, 03:33 PM   #1
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ISO Thanksgiving Stuffing Ideas

I may be hosting Thanksgiving again this year at my house. It will be for about 25 to 30 guests and I like to keep it informal/buffet style.

I will either make the turkey or cater it. I normally make it but this time around things are busy and I have my kids and some other kids to take care of.

I normally make a standard cornbread stuffing with the ususal celery, onions, carrots etc and parsley. I normally add some dried fruits (cranberries and walnuts) to make it interesting but it's still pretty blah.

I am looking to see if anyone has a knockout recipe for me to try. The only thing it cannot have is pork (so no sausage type recipes please). Anything else I am willing to give it a try. The more unsual the better.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Oh one more thing I like to bake my stuffing in a pan seperate from the turkey. This is how I always do it. Just makes things easier when you have a buffet style of party.

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Old 11-02-2007, 03:41 PM   #2
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I may be hosting Thanksgiving again this year at my house. It will be for about 25 to 30 guests and I like to keep it informal/buffet style.

I will either make the turkey or cater it. I normally make it but this time around things are busy and I have my kids and some other kids to take care of.

I normally make a standard cornbread stuffing with the ususal celery, onions, carrots etc and parsley. I normally add some dried fruits (cranberries and walnuts) to make it interesting but it's still pretty blah.

I am looking to see if anyone has a knockout recipe for me to try. The only thing it cannot have is pork (so no sausage type recipes please). Anything else I am willing to give it a try. The more unsual the better.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Oh one more thing I like to bake my stuffing in a pan seperate from the turkey. This is how I always do it. Just makes things easier when you have a buffet style of party.
Hi, Yakuta. We did a thread on this just last month: http://www.discusscooking.com/forums...ing-16732.html

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Old 11-02-2007, 03:41 PM   #3
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The only thing it cannot have is pork (so no sausage type recipes please).
You never heard of turkey sausage?
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Old 11-02-2007, 03:45 PM   #4
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Yakuta,
I love bread stuffing so I either make or buy from a bakery at least four loaves of whole bread..Two white and Two multi grain or wheat..I then just cut it into bite sized pieces, let it dry a little and make my stuffing from there..I add at the very least 2 cubes of butter, chicken broth, sauteed in extra butter , celery, lots of onion, parsley,fresh sliced muchrooms and chopped water, and Bell's poultry seasonings, chestnuts..This is how I like it, my dad use to love added apple and raisins but I have left it out the last several years..I enjoy pies and such but like my stuffing more on the savory side..I never cook it in the turkey, I'm not comfortable with it like that and prefer it to be not so moist..so it's done in a large pan and baked in the oven..Nothing unusual about my stuffing, but I've found my family who use to turn their noses up at stuffing froma bag or box, now makes sure to get in the kitchen at bag up some goodies to take home time and the first thing they go for i stuffing

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Old 11-02-2007, 03:57 PM   #5
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Gotgarlic thanks for the link. I must have missed the thread. I will check it out.

Caine - I am familiar with turkey sausage but it's a bit more complicated then that because there are some members of our family that eat halal meat (similar to kosher). It's not easy to find susage in halal form everywhere. I am also thinking about catering my turkey due to this exact same issue so everyone can enjoy even some of the elder folks who are the more traditional of the lot. I personally don't observe these rules except for pork but I like to be respectful of the folks that are joining especially when they are my inlaws side.

Kadesma - I like the water chestnut addition. I also make my bread cubes at home on my own from loaves so I am right with you. I have never made it with packaged stuff. I think your butter amounts sound about right . It makes everything ultra delicious. I will try that trick. What the heck we only splurge a few times a year.
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I drooling with the stuffing recipes on here. We might end up spending Thanksgiving with in-laws and they don't believe in stuffing.
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I drooling with the stuffing recipes on here. We might end up spending Thanksgiving with in-laws and they don't believe in stuffing.
Ya know, I spent Thanksgiving with an aunt once, who had cooked the turkey on Tuesday (???) and served it cold "because it was easier to cut with the electric knife"; served Stove-Top Stuffing with McCormick gravy mix; and had no pumpkin pie - my cousin brought little individual pecan pies from a bakery. I was so disappointed, I went home and made an entire Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday.
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I drooling with the stuffing recipes on here. We might end up spending Thanksgiving with in-laws and they don't believe in stuffing.
Dina,
Many moons ago we had a thanksgiving with my mother in law, of course she sent DH home with some ravioli and pieces of chicken she had fixed, no turkey, no stuffing, no gravy...Needless to say, I've cooked thanksgiving or my oldest daughter has helped me at her house ever since..In all this time we've been away from home twice, and before we left a turkey was roasted for the next day, a pan of stuffing readied and in the refrigerator just waiting..So we had a double dose of thanksgiving and all was well with the world

Hint, make a pan of stuffing a little gravy and a turkey breast, come home and have a sammie that night and next day enjoy it all over again.
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Thanksgiving is a North American and Canadian celebration. If other countries want to incorporated it would be nice if they continue with the tradition of serving harvested foods (root veggies), stuffing and turkey. I will have to make my very own stuffing and cranberries at my in-laws' then. Enough said.
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Old 11-02-2007, 09:46 PM   #10
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Turkey sausage and chestnuts with celery onion and bread stuffing, thyme and sage.
add wild rice too if you like
Make an oyster stuffing...a basic bread and aromatic stuffign with oysters and their liquid, thyme.
a wonderful multi mushroom stuffing: saute them in a hot pan with butter or garlic and olive oil
very scandinavian is apple and prune stuffing
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