When You Don’t Totally Screw Up Your First Holiday as Host(ess)
Well, friends, another Thanksgiving is in the books. How many weeks til our waistlines recover? 😀
This year was the first I hosted my family and friends, and I don’t mind saying—despite the days-long preparation and exhaustion—I think we nailed it. I’m not saying it was a five-star meal, but we got good reviews on the (acutally juicy!) turkey, the stuffing, the casserole and the décor.
How I can be 35 and still not have a proper turkey baking platter as well as, oh, just about every other element of decorative finery (thanks, Mom, for letting me use your chargers!), I will leave to explain another day. The point is, with the help of family, we pulled it off, and so far, no one has gotten food poisoning! #winning
In the spirit of the carb-tastic days ahead of us, I’m sharing my mom’s recipe for stuffing in hopes that you’ll be able to try it. It’s pretty basic, but I promise, it’s good!
WHAT YOU NEED:
2 bags dried bread cubes
2 sticks butter
1 sweet onion
1 head of celery
2 boxes of fresh mushrooms
2 family-sized cans of cream of mushroom soup
WHAT YOU DO:
- Begin by sauteeing diced onion and half a head (5-6 stalks) of celery in pan; use 1 whole stick of butter. Sautee until onions are translucent.
- Separately sautee the two boxes of mushrooms in another pan, with the other whole stick of butter.
- Have doctor on standby in case your arteries start to clog. (I kid.)
- In a giant mixing bowl, pour in entire contents of 2 bread cubes.
- When onion, celery and mushrooms are done sauteeing, pour both mixtures over the dried bread cubes. Stir gently with wooden spoon to distribute butter/veggie mix throughout.
- Add 1/ ½ cans of cream of mushroom soup. Stir in.
- Crack 2 eggs into bowl and mix in.
- Put mixture into greased casserole dish. Pat gently.
- With a spatula, lightly cover top of mixture with a little more cream of mushroom soup.
- Cover with foil and put into oven at 350 for half hour.
- Remove foil; bake for another 30 minutes uncovered at 350.
- Can also be stuffed inside turkey for an extra-juicy boost! (I bake some separately and stuff the rest in the bird.)
Anyone have any other family holiday recipes you want to share? I’d love to see them!