See that delicate steam curl wafting up from this pan of deliciousness?
Breathe in…and you’ll almost be able to smell the savory sausage, onions and celery… the sweet cranberries and figs, the toasted pine nuts and the scent of freshly chopped rosemary that the heat of the pan just released into the air.
It smells like Thanksgiving, even though there’s nothing else cooking at the time, which was the case in my kitchen last week when I made this Sausage, Fig & Cranberry Stuffing.
Well, I was also making another classic side to share with you this week, so there were two things cooking that made my kitchen smell amazing.
Yep, two weeks before Thanksgiving and we’ve already eaten two of the things that I would normally be making for our own dinner. And now, the novelty is gone.
Everyone is over the stuffing and very well might be over the other side dish I made. Except for my son, who wanted to know where the turkey and gravy were…and why were we eating only side dishes for dinner? You’ve got to love that kid.
My daughter has already requested that I limit our Thanksgiving food quantity to keep leftovers at a minimum and now we’ve already had leftovers. You’ve got to love her too.
My ying and yang children. Yes, these are the issues of a new food blogger who is going through her first blogger Thanksgiving.
Clearly, I need to plan to make holiday food for the blog months in advance (July?), not just a couple of weeks. I suppose I’ll just make some other favorites that day.
Thankfully, I only made two dishes last week. Otherwise, I’d be planning a completely new menu. That’s okay. It’s always good to mix it up a little. Now let’s get back to you…and this stuffing….
You didn’t eat partial Thanksgiving last week, so you are good to go. If you’d like to try something new, this is one of my favorite stuffing recipes; I’ve made it for the past few years.
I actually love all kinds of stuffing, with meat, without, traditional, trendy, with nuts, without, in the bird, on the side. It’s all good…unless it’s dry. Then I hate it.
My theory on good stuffing is that it should not need gravy to make it taste good, just like a good cake should not absolutely need the frosting. Good things should be able to stand alone and then be complemented or enhanced by other food “accessories.”
This is not dry stuffing. It is quite moist, but baking makes for some lovely toasty bits on top. And, it’s ridiculously full of flavor. The sausage gives it a savory heartiness.
This recipe is definitely weighted to the savory side, only giving way to sweetness when you happen upon a tender fig or juicy cranberry.
So breathe in and pretend to smell the wonderfulness that is this Sausage, Fig & Cranberry Stuffing. Or better yet, plan to make it, because that’s the only way that amazing aroma is going to show up in your kitchen.
What kind of stuffing (or dressing) will you be making this year?