Turkey stuffing with eggs

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by jkm, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. jkm

    jkm Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    Forest Grove
    since we all have a lot of eggs, thought you all might be interested in this
    From Oregonain food day
    I think Iwill make it with sasuage some night as a main meal.

    Fresh Herb Stuffing
    Tuesday, November 13, 2007
    Makes 8 servings

    This traditional stuffing relies on excellent quality bread, stock and fresh herbs, especially sage. It's as convenient as it is delicious, and it can be doubled or tripled. It's best prepared a day in advance and can be baked at a range of temperatures to accommodate other holiday dishes you're making. For frills, follow one of the variations that follow the basic recipe.

    1 1-pound loaf (or 10 slices) firm-textured artisan white or sourdough bread, fresh or day-old
    1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (divided)
    1 yellow onion, diced 1/4-inch
    2 stalks celery, diced 1/4-inch
    1/2 cup packed finely chopped fresh parsley
    2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
    2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
    2 teaspoons chopped fresh savory or marjoram
    11/4 teaspoons salt
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    3 cups Fortified Chicken Stock (see accompanying recipe)
    2 eggs

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Tear the bread, including crusts, into small bite-sized pieces, about the size of walnut halves. Place them on an ungreased baking sheet in a single layer and toast in the oven for 15 to 18 minutes, turning once, until crisp but not browned. You will have about 10 cups. Set aside to cool. Use 1 tablespoon of the butter to grease a wide 10- to 12-cup baking dish. Melt 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick) in a saute pan over medium heat. When it foams, add the onion and celery and cook for 8 minutes until vegetables have softened. Scrape all the butter and vegetables into a large mixing bowl and let cool for 10 minutes.

    Add the toasted bread to the mixing bowl, along with the parsley, sage, thyme, savory or marjoram, salt and pepper. Toss to combine all the ingredients and coat the bread with the melted butter. Pour in 2 cups of the stock (it should be cool) and stir. Beat the 2 eggs into the remaining 1 cup stock and stir into the stuffing just enough to blend without over-mixing. Spoon the stuffing into the baking dish without packing it down. Dot it with the remaining tablespoon of butter and cover the baking dish with aluminum foil. Refrigerate overnight or until ready to bake.

    To bake, place the covered stuffing into an oven set at anywhere between 350 to 425 degrees; bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until stuffing crowns in the center and the top browns, 30 to 45 minutes more.

    Sausage variation: Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add 8 ounces pork sausage and cook, stirring to break it up, just until it changes color but does not brown. Strain out the sausage and reserve, leaving the fats (no more than 1/4 cup) in the pan. Add only 1/4 cup more butter to the hot pan to cook the onions and celery. Reduce the salt to 3/4 teaspoon. Mix the reserved sausage into the stuffing with the herbs.

    Mushroom variation: Roughly chop 1 pound cleaned fresh mushrooms, such as cremini, white button or portobello, and cook with the onions and celery until softened.

    Chestnut variation: Roughly chop 1 cup fresh roasted and shelled, or canned, but unsweetened chestnuts. Mix them into the stuffing with the herbs.

    Oyster variation: Drain 1 pint fresh, shucked oysters. Measure the liquor from the oysters and use it to replace an equal amount of the chicken stock for the stuffing. Gently mix the whole oysters into the stuffing with the herbs.

    Bacon variation: Slice 4 ounces bacon strips into 1/2-inch pieces. Cook in a skillet over medium-low heat until all the fat is rendered but the bacon is not browned. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve, leaving the fat in the pan. Add only 1/4 cup of the butter to the hot pan to cook the onions and celery. Reduce the salt to 3/4 teaspoon. If desired, mix the reserved bacon into the stuffing with the herbs.

    Apple variation: Peel, core and cut 4 apples, such as Gala, Rome or Granny Smith, into 1/2-inch dice. Cook them with the onions and celery until softened.

    PER SERVING (basic recipe): calories: 312 (51% from fat); protein: 7.4 grams; total fat: 17.6 grams; saturated fat: 9.9 grams; cholesterol: 91 mg; sodium: 1089 mg; carbohydrate: 31.4 grams; dietary fiber: 1.9 grams


    cheers getting four eggs a day!
  2. schmoo

    schmoo Songster

    May 7, 2007
    West MI.
    Thats the recipe we use and it is delicious. I stuff the bird with a little and cook the rest on the side.
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    That's the recipe I use too and so did my mom...always put acouple eggs in the stuffing...I use the giblet stock from the turkey as my stock base....

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