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Let’s Talk Turkey: A Family Recipe

Happy November!

Like Jade, my heroine in A LIGHT IN THE WINDOW, I dabble in baking. While she enjoys making kraasstengels, a traditional Dutch treat, I make sugar cookies that my kids love to decorate.

I may bake the random goodies, but my Honey is definitely the chef in our family.  He has quite the repertoire of meals, and he rarely disappoints. When I asked him for a recipe to share with you, he immediately suggested his stuffing (aka dressing). He always makes this at Thanksgiving, but it can be enjoyed any time of the year when you want a meal for a large gathering.

Turkey Stuffing (for a 20 lb. bird)

  • 8 c. bread crumbs
  • 1 lb. ground sausage, slightly browned
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 medium onions – diced
  • 1 c. celery – diced
  • 1 c. red bell pepper – diced
  • ½ c. fresh chopped parsley (or cilantro)
  • 2 t. ground sage
  • 1 ¼ c. chicken broth
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 Macintosh apples – diced
  • 1 T. cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix ingredients together in a very large bowl then immediately fill the turkey’s cavities.

Last year, we cooked a 23 lb. Butterball turkey stuffed with the above recipe at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 ½ hours. It was delicious!

Do you have a family recipe you’re especially proud of and willing to share (pretty please)?


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