Turkey isn’t just for Thanksgiving, you know. Turkey is awesome as the main part of your Christmas dinner, as well.
However, even though you might bake/roast your turkey in much the same way for either holiday meal, the dressing can turn a turkey into a distinctively Christmas entree.
1 pound bulk sausage, cooked
1/2 cup finely chopped onions, sauteed
1 cup Texas Pepper Jelly (use your family’s favorite flavor!)
1 cup diced celery, sauteed
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup melted butter
9 cups bread cubes (I mix white and wheat)
3 tsp. poultry seasoning or sage
1/4 cup chicken broth (you can find it with or without the MSG!)
dash salt and pepper
What to do:
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Stuff your turkey if you wish, but I do not recommend it. (It’s really greasy and often not thoroughly “done”) I prefer to put the stuffing mixture in a pretty baking dish (buttered) and bake it separately from the turkey.
The stuffing should be baked in a 350 oven for about an hour.
P.S. This is a really versatile recipe. You can leave out the sausage, or add pretty much whatever your family likes: apples, cherries, oysters. . . whatever. This stuffing recipe is a definite success and a genuine keeper.
It can also be great to add chopped fruit to match whatever Texas Pepper Jelly flavor you chose to use.