It makes me happy to prepare a beautiful meal. It makes me happy to feed my family something that is healthy and delicious. I get so much satisfaction out of knowing that not only am I doing a body good, I am really going to enjoy eating it too! How much satisfaction do you get out of preparing and eating a favourite meal?
I sent Bil to the grocery store earlier this week to pick up a turkey at 99 cents/lb.. Deal! We cooked it tonight in full regalia, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and corn (that was fresh from the cob...before I froze it :)--why you ask would I endeavor to cook such a meal the week after Thanksgiving?? Well, mostly because we didn't host Thanksgiving this year...which meant no leftovers for me ( so sad...). No soup, no Turk-O's, no turkey sandwiches, no Turkey pot pie...sad, sad, sad.
So, Bil trucked to the store to buy me a turkey, so I could stuff it and roast it today, and left-over it tomorrow, and the next day and the next day...
My mission here is to see how many meals we can get out of 1, 10 pound Turkey. I will keep you posted, and let you know what I do with the leftovers and share all the recipes. I can't wait to see how far the $9.82 we spent will go!
This recipe is the turkey stuffing my Mom has made forever (...with one tweek made in my kitchen-of course!) Amounts given are all negotiable depending on the size of the bird you have, this is what I used for a 10 lb bird.
Stuffing for Turkey or Chicken
3/4 Loaf of sliced white french loaf (Baltic brand is my favourite, if I don't have homemade bread avail.)
3 stalks celery chopped
1 large leek chopped (whites only) (you can use green onions like my Mom always did, but the leeks add a richness you don't get with the onion)
6 button mushrooms chopped
cracked black pepper
Tear the bread into small quarter size pieces. Add celery, leek. mushrooms and pepper. Mix lightly with your hands. Add poultry seasoning a bit at a time, mixing with your hands to distribute evenly. You will most likely need 4-5 tablespoons or more, until it colours the bread nicely and "smells" like stuffing (...sorry for the vagueness on that one, as I am typing this I realize that some of the things I do in the kitchen, don't translate all that well into an explanation...)
Use stuffing in cavity of bird as well as the neck area.