I am sure that everyone is also busy readying for the holidays. Last year we were fortunate enough to serve the needy in our community in our local soup kitchen. Then we simply ate out at an inexpensive buffet restaurant because all of our family members were visiting their other family (of their spouses, etc.). So we just did not fix that great big meal and did not have all the clean up that goes along with it afterwards.
Serving others was a very soul-satisfying experience for us and we hope that you will participate in helping others in their need for food as well. You’ll know when it is right for you to do this.
Anyhow, here is a fantastic Italian recipe that I found in Gourmet magazine YEARS AGO! I have adjusted the spices “down” to a level more satisfying to my family. The original recipe was far too spicy to eat.
- 20 oz. loaf of home-made bread, sliced, toasted, buttered, and cut into ½ inch cubes.....(you can also buy and bake frozen bread dough for this)
- 1 Tbsp. crumbled dried thyme
- 1 tsp. crumbled dried sage
- 1 tsp. crumbled dried rosemary (or less since it is so strong)
- salt & pepper to taste
- 3 chopped onions
- 1½ cups chopped celery & leaves
- 1 stick plus 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- one turkey liver, gizzard, and heart -- all chopped
- 1 pound pork sausage . . . plus 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 8 oz. whole milk mozzarella cheese (fresh if possible), cut into ¼" cubes
- 2 oz. pepperoni, cut into ⅛" tiny, tiny bits
- In a large bowl, toss the bread cubes with the thyme, sage, rosemary . . . salt and pepper to taste.
- In a skillet, cook the onions, celery, AND celery leaves in 9 Tbsp. of butter over medium heat until softened and tender (about 8 to 10 minutes) stirring occasionally and then add this to the bowl of bread cubes.
- In the skillet, cook the giblets in 2 Tbsp. of butter over moderate heat, stirring for 4 minutes or until they are browned . . . adding salt & pepper to taste. Add this mixture to the bread cube mixture.
- In the skillet, cook the sausage, breaking it into pieces, over moderate heat until it is cooked through.
- Add 1 tsp. garlic and some salt.
- Add this to the bread cube mixture.
- Add the mozzarella, pepperoni to the bread mixture....toss completely and let cool completely.
- Bake either inside a turkey or in a baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees until golden brown on the top.
- CAN BE MADE THE NIGHT BEFORE!
- Cover with plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator until ready to stuff the turkey or bake separately (or both).
- The aroma will simply amaze you when you open your refrigerator!