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Italian Sausage And Mushroom Stuffing

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I’ve been talking to a lot of people who say their favorite holiday dish is the stuffing or dressing. I have to agree. My family’s traditional stuffing recipe has changed over the years. The ingredients are the same but the preparation is totally different. I remember my mother stuffing the turkey before it went into the oven. My stuffing is done separate from the bird and I believe it makes a big difference in the way a turkey cooks.

I’m going to a Christmas party this year so I’m bringing the stuffing. I’m using a disposable deep-sided pan for easy transport.

In my opinion, the best bread for the bread cubes is Ciabatta bread. Let’s talk a little bit about the bread cubes and how easy it is to make your own.

I do think that you’ll want to make a large pan or two of stuffing. Family and friends love this dish and always want extra helpings. It’s also great to serve the next day, especially with a ladle of your favorite gravy on top! This is my Italian Sausage And Mushroom Stuffing.

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Prep Time: 40 minutes (includes all prep and the cooking of the vegetables)
Baking Time 1 hour 10 to15 minutes
Total Cook Time: 1 hour 50 to 55 minutes
Yields: 12 servings
Equipment: 12-inch sauté pan, large mixing bowl, two 1/4-size rimmed baking sheet pans, a 13 x 9 x 2 baking dish/disposable pan

Tip:  The day before you want to make the stuffing, make the Homemade Ciabatta Croutons.

Ingredients:
2 loaves of  Ciabatta (artisanal bread)
3/4 of cup olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper

Directions For The Oven Bake Method.
Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.

Step1: Homemade Croutons:
Start by evenly dividing the bread cubes out onto two rimmed baking sheet pans. Add olive oil, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper, toss to evenly coat the bread cubes. Spread the bread cubes evenly into a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes turning them once halfway through the cooking process to make sure they brown evenly. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

Step 2: Stuffing:
Use 1/4 cup of butter (4 tablespoons) to grease a 13 x 9 x 2 disposable pan (or casserole baking dish).

Ingredients:
2 pints of whole Cremini mushrooms, quartered
2 tablespoons of fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
2 tablespoon of unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
In a large sauté pan over medium heat add butter and olive oil. Add the Cremini mushrooms, minced garlic, pepper, and fresh thyme leaves. Stir to combine. Cook the mushrooms for about 5 minutes. Once the mushrooms have softened and released their water, add the Kosher salt. Cook for another 10 minutes. Turn the heat off and transfer the mushroom to a bowl and set aside.

Steps 3 and 4: Italian Sausage And Vegetables:
Ingredients:
1 pound of hot Italian sausage, casings removed
1 pound of sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 sprig of fresh rosemary

4 tablespoons butter, unsalted
1 large onion diced
2 1/2 cups of chopped celery
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
In a large sauté pan, on medium heat, add in olive oil and sausage breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Add the sprig of fresh rosemary and cook for around 15 minutes or until no longer pink. Discard the rosemary stems, drain.  Remove cooked sausage with a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl.

In the same sauté pan over medium heat melt butter. Add diced onions, celery, minced garlic, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Cook until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, allow to cool.

Step 5: The Mix:
Ingredients:

3 large beaten eggs (cage-free)
3/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons of fresh sage leaves, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons of Italian parsley flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1-quart chicken broth, unsalted

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325-degrees F.
In a mixing large bowl, add the beaten eggs, cheese, all herbs, and seasonings. Add the cooked mushrooms.  Combine really well so the mushrooms are completely coated.

In another very large bowl combine the croutons (cooked bread cubes), cooked sausage, and cooled veggie mixture. Add the egg-mushroom mixture to the bowl, gently toss to combine.

Finally, slowly pour the chicken broth over all the ingredients, allowing all the bread cubes to absorb the liquid. Continually stirring gently, as you add the liquid. There will most likely be extra liquid in the bowl, that liquid will get absorbed during the baking process.

Spoon the stuffing mixture to the buttered casserole dish. Pour over any excess liquid left in the bowl.  Cover and bake for 1 hour. Uncover, bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until light golden brown, and a meat thermometer reads 160-degrees F.

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Stuffing Muffins

 

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My Stuffing Muffins are a twist on a traditional dish. Family and friends are always amazed when they see these on the table.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yields: 12 muffins
Equipment: a 12-inch sauté pan, one 12-cup muffin-tin pan, 1 small mixing bowl, 2 medium-size mixing bowls, 1 large mixing bowl, chef’s knife, large ice cream scoop, mini food processor, rubber spatula
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:
1 pound of sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
2 tablespoon of olive oil
1 stick of unsalted butter
4 ribs of celery, diced
1 sweet onion, chopped
1/2 cup of golden raisins
2 tablespoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
3 large eggs, beaten (cage-free)
3/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1-quart of chicken stock, unsalted
1 sprig plus 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary leaves, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons fresh sage leaves, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon of fresh thyme, roughly chopped
1/4 cup of flat-leaf Italian parsley, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon plus 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
8 cups of Ciabatta bread, cubed
1-quart of chicken stock, unsalted

Directions For The Oven Bake Method.
Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
Start by evenly dividing the bread cubes out onto two rimmed baking sheet pans. Add olive oil, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper, toss to evenly coat the bread cubes. Spread the bread cubes evenly into a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes turning them once halfway through the cooking process to make sure they brown evenly. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Set aside to cool.

Directions:
Adjust oven temperature to 375-degrees F.
Start by buttering a muffin-tin pan.

Preheat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 sprig of rosemary, and sausage. Using a wooden spoon break the sausage apart and cook until no longer pink and brown, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain the excess fat completely, transfer to a medium-size mixing bowl. Allow to cool and set aside.

In the same sautè pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 4 tablespoons of butter. While the butter is melting add 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped sage leaves. Add the diced onions, and celery. Add Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, golden raisins, and poultry seasoning. Stirring frequently, cook for 5 to 6 minutes until the vegetables soften. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

In a medium-size mixing bowl add the eggs, dried oregano, 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper, 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped rosemary, 1 tablespoon sage leaves, thyme, and flat-leaf Italian parsley. Whisk to combine.

Add the cooled veggies and cooked sausage to the bowl containing the croutons. Using a rubber spatula, gently mix to combine. Finally, slowly pour the chicken broth over all the ingredients, allowing all the bread cubes to absorb the liquid. Gently continually stirring as you add the liquid. There will most likely be extra liquid in the bowl and will be absorbed during the baking process.

Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out a large helping, of the stuffing, into the muffin tins. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until set and crisp on top. Keep a close eye on them as they cook, time may vary slightly.

To serve, carefully remove the Stuffing Muffins arranging them on a large serving platter and serve hot or at room temperature.

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Puff Pastry Wrapped French Brie Cheese With Strawberry Honey Jam And Walnuts

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This holiday I’m making brunch for some friends. They’re going to be making the turkey, ham, and all the sides. I thought it is a nice gesture to bring them a couple of my special brunch items. I’m also going to bring my stuffing muffins and frittata muffins.

Most of the time, people are always dropping by throughout the day.  I thought it would be really nice if there were food there that could be served at room temperature.

First, my Puff Pastry Wrapped French Brie Cheese with Strawberry Honey Jam and Walnuts.

Second, are my Stuffing Muffins, filled with my sweet Italian Sausage, golden raisins, celery, onions, and fresh sage.

Finally, are my Mini Italian Sausage, Asparagus, and Truffle Fontina Cheese Frittatas.

For this post, I’m going to share my recipe for my Puff Pastry Wrapped French Brie Cheese With Strawberry Honey Jam And Walnuts. The other two recipes will follow soon.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes or until golden brown
Total Time: 20 minutes
Equipment: a rimmed baking sheet pan, pastry brush

Ingredients:
1 sheet of cold, thawed puff pastry
1 13-ounce (5 inches in diameter) Brie cheese wheel
3 tablespoons of strawberry honey jam ( or fig jam)
2 tablespoons of chopped walnuts
egg wash, 1 beaten egg + 1 tablespoon of water
2 tablespoons of apricot jelly or jam
1 tablespoon of very hot  water
5 inches of kitchen twine
Sanding sugar

Note: Remove the puff pastry, the night before, from the freezer, and transfer it to the refrigerator to thaw. The dough needs to be cold.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
On your board, lay out one sheet of puff pastry. Roll the sheet out until it’s 1/8 inch in thickness. You want to make sure it’s large enough to cover the wheel of Brie and come together to be tied at the top. Refer to the pictures above. Transfer the pastry carefully to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

Lay the wheel in the center of the rectangle-shaped pastry. Using a spoon, add the jam over the top of the cheese and spread to cover the entire top of the wheel. Next, sprinkle on the chopped walnuts.

Bring each of the sides up to the top collecting them to come together at the top center so it can be tied up like a package. Using the kitchen twine, tie the overlapping pastry at the top together. Using your fingers spread the pastry out where it meets together at the top for presentation. Trim the twine as close as possible so as not to see the string.

Brush the entire pastry package with egg wash. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

In a small bowl, whisk together the apricot jelly and hot water together until there are no lumps. Once the pastry is out of the oven, brush the apricot glaze all over the outside of the pastry. Liberally sprinkle sanding sugar all over. Carefully cut the twine.

Needs to rest for 10 minutes before cutting into. Serve my Puff Pastry Wrapped French Brie Cheese with your favorite crackers.

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