Thursday, June 20, 2013

French Bread Stuffing With Mushrooms and Thyme

Turkey. mashed sweet potatoes, cranberries and French Bread Stuffing With Mushrooms and Thyme
I was hoping to experiment with some new stuffings during this holiday season, and look what I found! This is even more special than usual. Most stuffings have sage, but this one has both sage and thyme. I changed it a bit to suit my family's taste, adding chopped turkey liver. This is a test, only a test; its three weeks before the real US Thanksgiving.

French Bread Stuffing With Mushrooms and Thyme  

Wish I could say I baked this!
 1 pound loaf of french bread
8 tbs butter
3 tbs olive oil
10 oz mushroom, sliced
Fresh thyme from the garden
Ready to stuff the turkey.
1 tbs garlic salt
1/2 tsp celery salt
1 small onion, chopped
About 10 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped from the stems
10 to 12 fresh sage leaves, chopped
3 tbs fresh Italian parsley leaves,chopped
                                                         chopped turkey liver.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Pour melted butter and garlic salt over the french bread that has been cut in half longwise. Toast the french bread in the oven for 9 minutes. Cut the toasted french bread into cubes, I cut one fourth of it because I am stuffing a small turkey, and will save the remaining garlic french bread for sandwiches tomorrow. Add the olive oil to a skillet, and sautee the mushrooms, onion, thyme and sage. Mix the bread cubes and the contents of the sauce pan into a large bowl. When its mixed, sprinkle in the parsley leaves. I also included the turkey liver, chopped. Stuff the turkey. I use a baking bag; allowing 20 minutes per pound at 375 degrees.

This is a typical turkey meal, cranberries, veggies, stuffing, but the mashed potatoes are sweet potatoes. It was nice as a precursor to the ginormous, fancy meals. The stuffing was remarkably good. I'd hoped to see if it froze well, but it got eaten up all gone.

Gardening Hint

Here is another flower that looks so delicate, but is surprisingly hardy during the winter. Check in your zone to see what to expect for violas. (Not the musical instrument, silly.) This hanging basket of very friendly little flower faces peers  at you go by. Since my daughter played Viola in Twelfth Night as a high school student, this is a little salute to her.

Nosey violas just have to stretch their necks to see everything!

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