“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” John F Kennedy
Although I can roast a gorgeous herb turkey, for me Thanksgiving is all about the sides. Stuffing and cranberry sauce are personal favorites. Our family likes stuffing baked inside the bird. When it comes out, it doesn’t look so pretty. I saw a picture of stuffing baked inside a Bundt pan and thought I’d try it. To make it, make your favorite stuffing as usual ( ours was a cornbread, sausage and apple stuffing) and save about 10 cups. Whisk 4 large eggs in a cup of chicken or turkey broth and mix into your stuffing. This will be the binder of the ingredients. If it seems dry, add a little more broth. Transfer to a generously buttered or oiled Bundt pan and press down with your hands to get a uniform density. Bake at 350F, middle rack, uncovered, for 25 minutes. Invert on a platter and serve cut into slices. Presentation dilemma solved! This stuffing will command the attention at your Thanksgiving table, as it should! This stuffing pleases both sides of the stuffing debate: it is moist enough to please those who like the stuffing cooked inside the bird yet will appeal to those who swear by stuffing cooked outside the bird. Great as a leftovers too.
One section of my stuffing broke off and had to be pieced back in, showcasing the importance of really greasing up the Bundt pan before baking the stuffing. Sorry for the blurry picture!
I made the stuffing in a Bundt a second time with a leek-pecan-sausage-apple white bread stuffing using Uncle Ben’s stuffing mix. I made it a little drier this time. It did not stick to the pan and was so beautiful on the Thanksgiving buffet table.
There is a church I drive by every day which posts weekly messages that give me pause. This one especially resonated with me. Thanksgiving for most of us gives us an opportunity to express gratitude. Many families go around the table and ask everyone what they are grateful for. Our tradition is to have a paper and pad available for people to jot down what they are grateful for, no limits, and place these sentiments in a gourd shaped soup tureen. During dessert we pass the tureen around and read out loud the messages and try to guess who wrote them. The act of writing gives one time to pause and reflect without putting someone on the spot. Over the years, there have been memorable and moving reflections shared. Going back to the roadside church board, how powerful would it be if we chose to pause daily to reflect on things to give thanks for? Awakening to gratefulness in our daily lives brings the focus on what is important, celebrates life and reduces negativity. Thanks-giving everyday, minus the turkey.
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