Thanksgiving Mushroom-Sausage Stuffing
I always considered myself a mashed potato person, but my sister loved Thanksgiving stuffing. It took me a few years, but I got there. Thanksgiving is my preferred holiday. I’ve mentioned this before, but a holiday based around food, friends, and family is the perfect holiday for me.
Thanksgiving has no real rules when it comes to food. Simple or fancy, traditional or not, everything works. As a foodie and a chef, I love that. Thanksgiving brings together so many wonderful foods I love like Brussels sprouts, sweet potato, and cranberries. On Thanksgiving, I get to have so many of my favorites all together, without judgment.
Stuffing, like cranberry sauce, is often considered a required dish on the big day, but it comes with controversy. Every family has “their special stuffing recipe“. Geographically, depending on where you live, stuffing, dressing, or filling, as it’s called, can have significant regional differences.
In New England, chestnuts are mixed into stuffing, in Boston, oysters. Down in the South, cornbread is commonly used giving the stuffing a sweeter backbone, while San Franciscans opt for sourdough bread for an added tanginess. My go-to mushroom and sausage for a moister stuffing texture.
Although I still love potatoes (mashed with lots of butter and salt), I have come to love sausage stuffing just as much. I guess I can thank my big sister for that. To clarify, this recipe is not entirely my own, it is an adapted version of the stuffing my mom made when I was a kid. While I have made some slight changes, the aroma when I make it is almost the same as my mom’s.
This mushroom-sausage stuffing recipe is straightforward and uncomplicated requiring no fancy or hard-to-find ingredients. To clarify, a little prep work is required, mainly chopping and sautéing the vegetables, but otherwise, it’s straightforward, foolproof, and best part, reliable. Cooked inside the cavity of the turkey (my preference) or in a separate baking dish, this mushroom sausage stuffing holds up year after year and never disappoints.