The holiday season is upon us. Have you walked into Target or Walmart lately? Santa explosion. No complaints here, however, as I simply LOVE the Christmas season. Here at The Domestic Four we wanted to take our lovely little blog and transform it in the months of November and December. This November we want to focus, weekly, on all things Thanksgiving. Not only is it fun for us, but it is helpful to you! We want to offer you a few tips and tricks as well as some great ideas for the upcoming Thanksgiving celebrations.
Here’s what you should know before you get all bored and find yourself thinking we are lame …
Holidays are/were a BIG deal in our family. Our father worked a lot and there was nothing more awesome than having him home for a few days to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. We all hung around our house and spent some quality family time together. I look forward to spending time with my husband (who works A TON) and our daughter, but we both know that nothing would be more awesome than for all of us (siblings, spouses, and kiddos) getting together for Thanksgiving. Family time is the ENTIRE reason I love the holidays so much.
Okay, and the food. I freaking love the food. But who doesn’t?
Want to know what you can look forward to this month? Okay … I’ll share. 🙂
Crafts for kids, crafts for you, some of our family recipes that my mom has made for years, and appetizers to keep the hungry masses at bay while you put the finishing touches on the Thanksgiving Feast.
But there’s two things that you simply MUST come back for towards the end of the month …
Danielle’s roll-out of “25 Days of Christmas for your Kids” and my roll-out of “12 Days of Christmas for your Husband.” I can’t share with you WHAT exactly you can expect to see, other than absolute awesome, but make sure you come back. Promise?
Ready for today’s awesome recipe? Okay. Here we go …
I never remember eating boxed stuffing, simply because my mom always made it homemade. My husband ate boxed stuffing growing up. Our first year married I introduced him to this and he now scoffs at Stovetop. He’s rather spoiled that one.
The great thing about this recipe is you throw all the ingredients in the crockpot and let it cook away, with the occasional stir, while you work on other parts of your menu. Plus it makes your house smell like Thanksgiving. Definitely save yourself the oven space and skip the Stovetop this year … Your family will love you.
Bread cubes (*We’ll address this in a minute.)
Chicken broth or chicken broth bouillon
Thyme, garlic, parsley, oregano, salt, and pepper
Okay, let’s talk bread cubes. Here’s the deal. If you live in Central Pennsylvania you have access to Martin’s Bread Cubes that come sealed in a bag. If you live everywhere else in the world my mother shuns you and deems you unfit to cook a Thanksgiving meal. Seriously. When I told her I couldn’t buy them she texted me back and said, “Well … then you can’t make it.” Seriously, mom? I of course told her to get over herself and used the stuff that every other cook in America must use – bakery stuffing cubes.
You might not be able to find this so close to Thanksgiving so what I do is buy 2-3 loaves of Italian and French bread at the day old stand. I tear it apart and throw it on a sheet pan, pop it in a 250 degree oven, and let them toast away and dry out. Then I just store them in Ziploc bags until the big day. Works just the same. 🙂
Also I don’t measure when I cook. I’m pretty sure none of us do. We’re bad about that. I’ve determined it measures out like this:
1 bag of bread cubes needs 6-8 tablespoons butter, 1/2 an onion, 3 celery stalks, 1 egg, and 4 cups broth. (Seasoning is always to taste.)
Melt your butter. Yep, that’s a whole stick of butter. You can do only 6 tablespoons if you like. I hardly eat thanks to this kid I’m growing and my husband runs like a gazelle, so all things in moderation. While your butter is melting down you can chop your onion and celery and mix up your broth bouillon if you’re using it. Than throw your veggies in the pan and saute until tender.
Butter or spray your crockpot to prevent sticking. You can see the route I chose. Once the veggies have softened you want to chuck in your seasonings. You can see the rough amounts that I used. Again do this to your taste. But it is important you season now and not later.
Since the veggies are now cooked down and seasoned you want to dump the whole shebang over your bread cubes. Beat your egg slightly and toss that over the cubes as well. Mix well. Also don’t freak out about mixing hot ingredients with an egg. My mother actually mixes the egg in butter/veggie mixture and her directions were, “If the egg starts to cook a little just keep mixing. It doesn’t affect anything.” Well … Alright then. After the veggie mixture and eggs have been mixed well into the bread cubes, dump your chicken broth in. Making sure to mix thoroughly so all cubes are coated in the broth.
Dump your mixture into your crockpot, put the lid on, set it, and walk away.
But then come back to stir it occasionally. (I put my husband in charge of this on Thanksgiving Day.)
Here are cooking/stirring times:
High for 4-6 hours: Stir every 30 minutes
Low for 10-12 hours: Stir every 45 minutes to an hour
Stuffing isn’t very attractive is it?
No. But it tastes dang good.
Have a happy week, Friends! Only 24 days until Turkey Day!
*Serves 6-8, can easily be doubled
1 bag bread cubes
6-8 tablespoons butter
1 egg, beaten
1/2 medium onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
4 cups chicken broth
salt & pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1) Melt butter and saute onion and celery until tender. Throw seasonings in with vegetables and butter.
2) Pour mixture over bread cubes along with beaten egg. Mix well.
3) Pour chicken broth over bread cubes and mix well, being sure to coat thoroughly.
4) Throw in crockpot on high 4-6 hours remembering to stir every 30 minutes, or on low for 10-12 hours remembering to stir every 45 minutes to an hour.