Yesterday was a really tough day. Well, tough in the sense that I missed family and the husband with an aching in my heart. Thanksgiving is lonely when you’re not surrounded by half a dozen cousins and aunts and uncles – my family is a boisterous bunch and even at hubs’s family’s house there’s always hustling and bustling. So yesterday was quiet. A nice quiet but a lonely quiet no less.
But not so tough that I spent all day alone. I spent the morning running 5 miles in the Fleet Feet Turkey Trot (SO FUN!) I finished in 54 minutes or so – it was about 5.15 miles according to Garmin.
Then i went home. Lounged. Relaxed. Had a date with my foam roller (you know, typical post run activities)
Then I cooked. I had dinner with Sarah and her family – who opened up their lovely home to take in my Thanksgiving orphaned self. I had a few options but this one was close to home which meant the most to me.
So this Foodie Friday – I’m sharing one of my favorite Turkey Day traditions.
Apple Sausage Stuffing
1 bag large size of stuffing mix (I used a bag and a half of the organic stuff from Whole Foods)
1 1lb bulk sausage (I used a turkey apple stuffing)
1 c. chicken broth
1c. apple juice or cider.
1/2 large sweet onion (~3/4 c.)
2-3 stalks celery (~ 3/4 c.)
Cook up the sausage make sure it is crumbly ( broken up) then drain. Slice onion and celery and heat on stove until just cooked.
Slice and dice up apples – you can leave the skin on if you choose. Mix apple, sausage, celery and onion in large bowl. Add the chicken broth and apple juice (or cider which ever you choose to use) and mix with stuffing mix. If you don’t think it’s moist enough add extra apple juice or chicken broth.
Evenly distribute to an oven safe baking dish, bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes or until heated through.
For a stuffing, I love that it’s full of fresher ingredients than most and that you can totally healthify this recipe with other veggies if you like – carrots anyone??
I got this recipe from my father-in-law who is an amazing cook. It’s a favorite among hubs’s family and since I’ve been a stuffing hoarder since I was a wee one – my sister and I used to fight over the leftovers. My mother however, was more of a Stove Top kind of cook so this recipe? Converted me to more “home made” stuffings and has been a favorite since I had my first holiday in Connecticut.
What’s your favorite Thanksgiving/Holiday recipe??