The holiday season is fast approaching and we will all soon be preparing for Thanksgiving! Just like purchasing a new car, planning a Thanksgiving Day menu can be overwhelming and in both cases, All Star Ford Lincoln in Prairieville is here to help! Thanksgiving is about coming together with family and friends to give thanks for all of the things that make life great. We wanted to share one of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes with you to make planning your menu a little easier and help save you a little time that can be spent with your loved ones. And if you plan on being a guest for Thanksgiving dinner, bring along this dish and you won’t disappoint. This twist on an old classic holiday recipe will have your family and friends begging for more!
Slow Cooker Stuffing
– 1 pound good-quality white sandwich bread, cut into bite-sized cubes
– 8 ounces breakfast sausage, removed from casing
– 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
– 1 medium onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
– ¾ cup celery ribs, split down the middle and chopped
– 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
– 1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried sage)
– 1 ½ cup chicken broth
– 1 large egg
– ½ teaspoon salt
– ¾ teaspoon black pepper
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place cut bread on a baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes until bread is stale and dried out. Toss bread midway through baking to ensure even cooking. Alternatively, cut bread ahead of time and leave out on counter for a day or two to dry out. Place bread in a large bowl. Set aside. Grab a long piece of foil. Fold it a couple of time over itself to create a band. Line the sides of the slow cooker pot with the foil. Lightly coat with nonstick spray. In a large skillet, heat about 1 Tbsp. of oil. Add breakfast sausage (removed from casing). Cook until sausage is brown and cooked throughout. As sausage is cooking, break into small chunks using a wooden spoon. Drain cooked sausage and add to bread. Keep all the browned bits in the pan. Using the same pan you cooked sausage in, add butter and set over medium heat. Once butter has melted add onions and celery. Cook until onions have softened. Add chopped thyme and sage. Toss to combine and cook until herbs are aromatic. Add about 1/3 cup of chicken broth. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any of the browned bits of sausage on the bottom of the pan. Cook until broth comes to a boil. Remove from heat and pour mixture on top of bread-sausage mixture. In another bowl, whisk together remaining chicken broth, egg, and salt and pepper. Pour over bread mixture and gently toss to combine. Make sure all the bread pieces are coated. Transfer mixture to prepared slow cooker pot. Cover and cook for 4-5 hours on low setting. Make sure mixture has reached temperature of at least 165 degrees F to ensure egg is cooked. Turn off slow cooker and remove foil. Transfer stuffing to serving dish. Garnish with additional herbs.
Note: The foil ring is supposed to prevent the sides of slow cooker from burning the stuffing. Depending on how hot your slow cooker gets, you may want to also line the bottom of the slow cooker pot with foil to prevent burning.
Our entire team here at All Star Ford Lincoln want to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!
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