Saturday, November 23, 2013

Grandpa's Simple Stuffing for #SundaySupper



I have always loved Thanksgiving. 

When I was growing up, it was the one time a year that my entire family would get together. Everyone would travel to my Grandparents house. Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, all under one roof.

It was crowded, that was for sure. But as a child it was just a big adventure for me. My cousins and I would build forts in the living room with blankets and chairs. We would all pile into one bed and stay up till all hours telling stories and laughing.

My grandparents in the kitchen, creating amazing food. I can still see it like it was yesterday.


Then, 2 years ago, my father past away at Thanksgiving. 

Last year was very hard. Not only was he gone, but my kids had all moved out on their own, and Kevin and I had moved to a new home.

We hosted Thanksgiving in our new place. My son's girlfriend and her entire family were here. There were 17 people in my home, but I felt alone. It seemed foreign, and wrong. I lost myself. 

I was actually dreading the coming of Thanksgiving this year. Letting those feelings that I pushed down last year begin to creep back into my head.

Then I found out that this weeks Sunday Supper was "Being thankful". We were to share recipes that reminded us of things we are thankful for. I immediately thought of those amazing family memories from my childhood, and knew that I had to be a part of it.

I really sat down and made myself think, and feel the feelings that I had been refusing to face.

And you know what?

I realized that I have everything in this world to be thankful for. I have wonderful memories of a family that loved big and loud. That laughed and shared so much with each other.

I have two amazing children, and a man that loves me more than life itself. 

I am truly blessed.

This recipe is the one that my Grandfather made every year. It is funny because to me it isn't thanksgiving unless this dish is on the table.

I can remember one year, when I was a teenager, asking him why he made the same exact dish every year. Did he ever feel like he needed to change it up a bit. Make it fancier.

You know what he said?

We don't need fancy food. We just need to love each other, and appreciate the time we have with each other to make the holiday special. It is the memories we create that will be remembered in the years to come, and make us smile every time we think of them.

Amen Grandpa!!

But your stuffing still makes me smile too!



Grandpa's Simple Stuffing

6 tablespoons butter
1 10-ounce box cubed stuffing (I use Mrs Cubbison's herb seasoned)
4 stalks of celery with leafy tops, fine diced
1 large onion, chopped
2 8-ounce cans of sliced water chestnuts, rough chopped
2 tablespoons rubbed sage, or to taste
Salt and pepper tot taste
3 to 4 cups chicken stock

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt 5 tablespoons butter in large skillet over medium heat. Grease a casserole dish with the tablespoon of remaining butter. To the melted butter, add the celery, onions, and some salt and pepper. Cook to tender, 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the stuffing cubes and moisten with the stock until damp, but not wet. Fill the casserole dish.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and crispy
 
ENJOY!!

Now check out the other amazing dishes from our Sunday Supper family!


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FIRST COURSE / APPETIZERS
SAVORY BREADS + STUFFING
MAIN DISHES
SIDE DISHES
DESSERTS + SWEET BREADS
All American Wine Pairing Guide for Being Thankful #SundaySupper from Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
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53 comments:

  1. Stuffing has always been my fave side for Thanksgiving!

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  2. Losing a loved one is always hard but to lose them during a holiday seems so much harder. Because the problem with holidays is everyone else is in the mood to celebrate no matter what you are going through, so you find you have to put on a brave face and smile in order to not ruin their holiday. I can't imagine what you have gone through since you lost your father but I hope that you continue to find happiness in the wonderful blessings in your life.

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  3. It's so lovely to have recipes handed down through generations - it's one way of keeping memories of loved ones alive. Such a great dish as well, thank you for sharing it!

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  4. Stuffing is one of my favorite parts of thanksgiving, great recipe!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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  5. Delicious! I love that this event is reminding us of the things to be thankful for. Gives us a better perspective :)

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  6. It's great to have such good, fun memories with your family. They stay with us forever. Dishes like this that remind you of your loved ones are the best kind!

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  7. Holidays are the worst when you lose a loved one, but they would want you not to be sad. I am sure your Grandpa is looking down on you and being very proud that you are making His Stuffing recipe.

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  8. This stuffing looks so good.. I would eat it up! I agree it is hard when holidays come up and your loved ones are not there. I lost my granddad back in 2012. I thought he would live forever but forever ended 11/10/2012 and i will never forget it!

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  9. We always have to have stuffing every Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving without stuffing is not Thanksgiving at all. I may just have to try your Grandpa's simple stuffing. He is right now smiling that you shared his recipe. Thanks for the recipe.

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  10. I have always been a Stove Top kind of girl, but can't have it this year.. They need to make a gluten free option in a box! So, I'll be trying my hand at making some gluten free!

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  11. Thanksgiving is meant to be shared with family and memories stored away. This stuffing sounds like it tastes and quite easy to make!

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  12. You've wrapped up Thanksgiving in a nutshell. My grandparents always hosted too, it was just a given, and we loved going!!

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  13. I love that you made your grandfather's dish just the way he made it! He was so right about what's needed is love above anything else.

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  14. Your grandpa's stuffing looks just perfect, I love it!! So glad you have such fond memories. I am like you when I think back at my family that is now gone, I feel very blessed.

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  15. Chestnuts in stuffing is the best...Homemade with love and a treasureful of memories is even better...Your grandpa sounds like he was indeed a wise man...Thank you for this post, Bobbi =)

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  16. Your Grandpa's stuffing does look delicious! I make something similar but I add mushrooms, onions and garlic to mine.

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  17. Stuffing is my favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving!! I love this recipe and definitley want to try it at some point!

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  18. That is similar to my parents recipe, I love the traditional foods for the holidays.

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  19. Hugs to you, Bobbi. This recipe sounds simple enough for me to attempt someday. I loved your heartwarming story about Thanksgivings growing up. I hope you are able to enjoy the holiday with your loved ones this year.

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    1. Thank you Kristie. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  20. What a blessing that you were able to find the courage to sit down with yourself as the Holidays approach. Hopefully this year's celebrations will be filled with joy and peace for you. What wise words from your Grandfather.

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  21. Holidays are always hard after the loss of a loved one, but how wonderful that you were able to realize the joy in having the memories. :) Hope your holiday is wonderful this year!

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  22. So wonderful you are carrying your Grandfathers tradition by making his stuffing. It sounds incredible and I bet he is so very proud of you.

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  23. Yum! Your grandfather's dressing sounds great!

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  24. I love that your carrying his tradition on......loosing a loved one is hard enough as it is but close to the holidays is even harder. It took me so many years to truly enjoy holidays again after loosing my dad, I'm so glad you faced your feelings and plowed through!! I just started a new tradition myself and it's a stuffing dish!! Love it!

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    1. That is fantastic! Have a wonderful day :)

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  25. i'll be making this from true scratch this year as i can't find boxed stuffing in india :( but hey, it may just turn out. i found sage!

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    1. You can do it!! Just use cubed stale bread

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  26. Wow this meal looks really great I love the ingredients and it would be perfect to eat as dinner for those cold winter evenings!

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  27. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Thank you for sharing your memories it sounds just wonderful. I love your Grandpa's stuffing - what a great way to honor him ~ Bea

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  28. I love stuffing! It's my all time fav for any holiday, it could possibly be the one thing I will eat all night. haha

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    1. I will eat stuffing with some gravy for a meal!!

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  29. I have never had water chestnuts in my stuffing but I am sure I would love them!

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    1. They just seem to add a crunch that is different from anything else.

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  30. WOW look at all the amazing recipes in your post.. mhh makes is hard to choose one.. and your stuffing looks soo fancy, can't believe it was that easy... YUMMM.. I will add it to my dinner list... can't wait to hear what everyone else things...thanks for sharing

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  31. Your grandpa had good sense! I'm hoping you have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year...it's our first one without Bill's dad and I know it will be tough. We like our stuffing simple, too, and yours looks perfect.

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    1. Thanks Liz! Hugs and love coming your way for the holidays!

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  32. I'm so glad that you were able to turn your father's passing into something positive . . especially on thanksgiving day. . thank you for sharing and I love this recipe! The simple ones are the best!

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  33. My grandma makes the best stuff. Old fashioned, but good.

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  34. We don't celebrate thanksgiving here, but my grandpa passed down one of his greatest recipes to us too.

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  35. It's been so very long since my parents passed and I still have those moments when I dread the holidays. I do my best to share my memories with my boys and create new ones through recipes we create and make. Thank you so much for sharing on my page! I wish you and your family the best of holidays filled with treasured memories....those remembered and those being made. <3 and hugs sweet friend!

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    1. Thank you darlin'!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  36. Yes, amen Grandpa and being thankful for all the simple things. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and enjoying your Grandpa's stuffing.

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  37. I lost my Dad right before Thanksgiving, too. It makes Holidays tougher in some ways, yet more thankful in others.

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