Monday, November 24, 2014

CORNBREAD STUFFING WITH SAUSAGE AND APPLES

Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and Apples | My very favorite stuffing recipe!
Generally, in life, I am a carbs upon carbs upon carbs kind of gal. Which is why Thanksgiving is pretty much my dream day. Not only do I get to spend it with loved ones, but I get to eat all of my very favorite things. Top on the list of Carb Paradise is this gorgeous Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and Apples.

As with The Great Brownie Debate (I'm in the dark fudgey camp) and The Great Cornbread Debate, (savory and cheesy, please!) stuffing is a hotly contested subject. Do you go small dice white bread with a pudding consistency? Boxed Stouffer's (so delicious)? Is yours more of a dressing because you are Southern and amazing? Is yours speckled with oysters or sausage? 

These are Deep Thoughts, people!
Fresh Batch of Cornbread for Cornbread Stuffing
My perfect stuffing is called, naturally, "stuffing" and begins with a double batch of my favorite (and freaky easy) Cheesy Skillet Cornbread. Only I leave out the cheese when I make stuffing and bake it in a buttered 9 x 13 pan. 

Dice that golden beauty into hefty one-inch chunks, toast them in the oven and you're on the right path to carb stardom, my friend. Toss those golden toasted chunks of awesome with Italian sausage, sweet apples, and a generous handful of chopped sage and we're in business. 

I could face plant into this Pre-Stuffing Situation as is, freshly mixed in a  pot, without being baked with the eggy custard base. But, somehow, I usually manage to resist. 
Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and Apples | My very favorite stuffing recipe!
 But only because I know this awaits me on the other side:
Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and Apples | My very favorite stuffing recipe!
Dreams do come true, friends. They really do. 
Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and Apples | My very favorite stuffing recipe!
I make this for my work Thanksgiving potluck every year and it is gobbled up in nanoseconds. People might think that they are die hard white bread stuffing eaters but just wait until they get a plate of this hot mess in front of them and BAM! 

Instant Cornbread Stuffing Converts. 

And thus ends my November Cornbread Crusade, which began with my absolutely favorite Cheesy Skillet Cornbread, which swiftly became Butternut Squash Soup Topped with Cornbread Croutons (truly a beautiful thing, cornbread croutons).

Life is good, friends. Really good. 
Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and Apples

Cornbread Stuffing with Italian Sausage and Apples


double batch Skillet Cornbread baked without the cheese in a buttered 9 x 13 pan
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
2 stalks celery, finely diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
5 sweet Italian turkey sausage links, removed from casings (I use one package Jennie-O)
2 gala apples, diced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon dried thyme
3 tablespoons fresh sage, minced (or 1 tablespoon dried sage)
3 eggs, whisked
2 cups chicken broth
fresh parsley, for garnish

Dice cooked cornbread into one-inch cubes and lay out on two rimmed baking pans. Toast at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, flipping once halfway through. Set aside toasted cornbread to cool.

Meanwhile, put olive oil in a large pot (I used my big dutch oven) and heat on medium. Add onions and celery and cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic cloves and cook for another minute. Add turkey sausage and use a wooden spoon to break into smaller chunks. Cook for 5-8 minutes, until sausage is cooked through. Add apples, salt, thyme, and sage. Cook for 5 more minutes and turn off heat. 

Remove pot from stove and carefully stir in toasted cornbread (you may need to transfer everything to a larger bowl). Drizzle whisked eggs over the cornbread and sausage mixture and stir to combine. Slowly pour chicken stock, about 1/2 cup at a time, stirring so it absorbs into the cornbread. 

Put stuffing in a large buttered casserole dish (I used two pans to accommodate all of the stuffing) and cover with foil. Bake at 350 for thirty minutes. Remove foil and bake for 15 minutes more. Garnish with parsley. 

Serves 10-12 and recipe can easily be halved or doubled to suit your Thanksgiving crowd. 

Looking for last minute Thanksgiving ideas? Check out my Sweater Weather Pinterest board!


Cornbread Crusade Recipes:

Cheesy Skillet Cornbread

Cheesy Skillet Cornbread


Butternut Squash Soup with Cornbread Croutons

Butternut Squash Soup with Cornbread Croutons


Thanksgiving Recipes


Waffled Apple Pie

Waffled Apple Pie


Chicken (or Leftover Turkey) Pot Pie for A Crowd

Chicken (or Leftover Turkey) Pot Pie for A Crowd






Thursday, November 20, 2014

EASY CHICKEN POT PIE WITH PUFF PASTRY

Easy Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry | Club Narwhal

Friends, while there is not a darn thing wrong with a good ol' fashioned sweet pie (Strawberry Rhubarb Slab Pie being my ultimate favorite), when the temperature plummets all I want to do is cozy up with a ginormous slice of chicken pot pie!

For some reason pies in general intimidate me (unless the pie is of the no-bake variety)--which is why I am more than okay with Warren doing the lion's share of all pie prep in our house. Sadly, this crippling fear also prevented me from trying to make chicken pot pie at home.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry | Club Narwhal

And honestly, I didn't think any version of chicken pot pie I made at home could surpass the perfection that is the Marie Callender Frozen Mini Chicken Pot Pie. Nothing beats that.

Except. Maybe this pie.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry | Club Narwhal

Friends, this pie takes every good thing about creamy chicken soup and then adds another layer of awesome--buttery, flaky, perfect puff pastry! To cut down on pretty much all prep time, I used frozen mixed veggies, rotisserie chicken, and store bought puff pastry. Nothing like the holiday scramble to make me take any and all shortcuts (but you can't tell at all when digging into this pie). 

I tell you, this baby practically makes itself. 

Plus, since no pastry dough making was involved, I didn't even have to ask Warren for help (except to cut the onions. Because why else should one get married, but to foist all onion cutting duties upon your chosen spouse for the rest of time?)!

Easy Chicken Pot Pie Filling

Also, you know I can't resist putting words on pie--it just adds such a fun vibe to the whole thing. While I played around with sweeter, more Thanksgiving-y sayings (such as "Give Thanks"), I opted for the only appropriate phrase for this chicken pot pie:

Use cookie cutters to add a fun message to you pies

This is what the gorgeous thing looks like all dressed up before heading to the oven. 

Use cookie cutters to add a fun message to you pies!

And this is what it looks like when it comes out of the oven, piping hot and golden brown. 

Easy Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry | Club Narwhal

I am so glad we get a whole month to celebrate all the good things in our lives! We are heading to Arizona for my best friend's wedding (remember when we took Trish and Rich to gorgeous Sleeping Bear Dunes?) and I couldn't be more grateful that I have such a kindred spirit in my life. Also, I couldn't be more grateful to be escaping Michigan for a warmer climate, if only for the weekend!

Check out this Easy Chicken Pot Pie recipe on the Collaboreat!

Easy Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry | Club Narwhal

Give Thanks

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

THE MAKERS NO. 44



You guys, it has begun. By which I mean: Winter. Yes, here in Michigan we have snow on the ground and ice everywhere else. We are still recovering from the trauma that was last year's Snowpocalypse so it does seem a little rude to have this much snow before Thanksgiving. 

So I'm thanking my lucky stars that I'll be in Arizona in two short days to celebrate my best friend's wedding! If desert sand doesn't cure my early onset winter blues, I don't know what will. Hope you're faring better than us Michiganders!

I'm so excited for the features today and with all this snow hanging around, I am even more convinced I need to make that super luxe faux fur scarf from Riva La Diva. I would love to see your projects so jump on in!

Follow Your Hosts

Corey @ TinySidekick
Alexis @ Persia Lou
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures
Ursula @ Homemade by Carmona
Amy @ Club Narwhal
Anu @ Nalle's House

My jaw absolutely hit the floor when I saw this gorgeous Modern Pantry Reveal from Melissa at A Prudent Life! Every single detail of this pantry is perfection. P.S. Her husband made that amazing bistro-style chalkboard art--talent runs deep in this family!

Modern Pantry Reveal | Featured at #themakerslinkparty


Absolutely marvelous, right? Melissa's blog is packed with amazing home inspiration and tutorials. Here are a few of our favorites:

A Prudent Life | Featured at #themakerslinkparty


Featured at #themakerslinkparty!

Slow Cooker Double Pumpkin Chili | Featured on #themakerslinkparty
The lovely Jill from Foodtastic Mom has us craving a bowl of Slow Cooker Double Pumpkin Chili!

DIY Metal Table Top | Featured on #themakerslinkparty
We are itching to try this gorgeous DIY Metal Table Top by Emily at Table and Hearth!

Faux Fur Scarf Tutorial | Featured at #themakerslinkparty
This luxe Faux Fur Scarf by Riva La Diva looks perfect for this coming winter!
This amazing statement wall from View from the Fridge's Shared Boys' Room Reveal is going on our to-do list!

Funky Pilgrims Thanksgiving Vases | Featured on #themakerslinkparty
These Funky Pilgrims Thanksgiving Vases from Average But Inspired are delightfully whimsical!


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