Mother’s Sausage Dressing with Apples and Almonds

This Thanksgiving……

I celebrate the true meaning of cooking with love and honor my Mother’s original recipe with my new additions.  I am grateful for so much; the inspiration to create and cook from my Mother and the creative side instilled in me to find new food combinations in taste, texture, flavor compliments and profiles.  For this, I am eternally grateful.

This year I happened upon a loaf of sour dough that I thought would be a new and interesting addition.  In retrospect, I think that cornbread would be a better use of texture in this dish.  Cornbread will soak up the flavors and liquids much better than the diced sour dough bread used this year.

Sour Dough cut a bit too thick: Before toasting

Sour dough after toasting

Next we gather our ingredients for mis en place:

Next, we brown the sausage and add to the bread crumb mixture

Add the almonds

Next we chop the apples

Core and slice in half

Slice in thirds

Cut the thirds in four pieces, longways

Then cut in four pieces in the other direction to dice the apples uniformly. Next you add them to water with lemon juice to diminish the discoloration of the raw, cut apples

Next, we add the apples to the already cooking onions, (seasoned with all dry spices used), celery ( chopped fine / leaves chopped and reserved for dressing topping), bell pepper

Fresh herbs are diced and measured

The liquid of Turkey Stock, eggs and spices are combined

Vegetables are added to the bread crumb mixture

Add liquid and stir to combine all ingredients, gently

Top with reserved chopped celery leaves

Cover with foil and bake for 40 – 45 minutes; uncover and bake 35 minutes or until a golden crust has been achieved

For the rolls, which accompany Thanksgiving, begin the sauce:

A mixture of minced garlic, sage, rosemary, parsley, butter, salt, black and white pepper

Spoon over rolls on aluminum foil on baking sheet, then covered with foil to bake for 20 – 25 minutes

Now for the best party…..

Dinner served at my boyfriends office as he had to work….

My handsome boyfriend Allen!

Happy Holiday’s Yall!

 

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