Crowning Glory: Thanksgiving Stuffing

I think I’m going to go for the WOW factor this year and I’m taking a stab at making the stuffing.  Sure turkey is the dish that everyone talks about, it’s the staple of the Thanksgiving meal, it’s what the pilgrams ate and blah blah blah… but the stuffing is by far everyone’s favorite, right?  I’m relatively new at giving culinary input at family events, but last year my pecan pie was a raging success.  There’s a big difference between a little pie and the stuffing though.  It’s a lofty goal for sure, but I think I’ll be able to pull it off.

I’m not going for some dry, traditional bread crumbs either… I found a few interesting recipes that I’m considering:

Mushroom and Walnut Stuffing

Caramelized Onions with Pancetta and Rosemary Stuffing

Awesome Sausage, Apple, and Cranberry Stuffing

or (I think the last one’s the kicker)

Porcini, Chestnut, and Sausage Stuffing

As an Italian, I’m inclined to go with a sausage stuffing.  I think that mushrooms will be a great way to throw in some subtle extra flavors, and I don’t feel that any stuffing is complete without some chopped nuts (chestnuts happen to be my favorite).  Fruits like apples and cranberries can provide a little texture and sweetness.  Or I may even put my own spin on a combination of those recipes; like anything that calls for white bread is automatically changed to whole wheat or multigrain in my kitchen.

Any of these recipes will be a hit at your holiday gathering, so bon appetit!

Photo credit: http://weblogs.fox61.com/features/family/mommy-minute/2010/11/

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