Grandma’s Stuffing

Thanksgiving stuffing is special to most people because it is what they grew up on. It is what makes them think of Thanksgiving. Some people serve it on the side and call it dressing. Others stuff it in the cavity of the turkey and call it stuffing. We call it stuffing but serve it on the side of the turkey. Oh, and it doesn’t have any bread in it! So, we are all confused! 🤷🏻‍♀️

This stuffing is extra special. It is special because it is THAT good, but it is also special because my Grandma was a special lady. She started this tradition and made it every year. Then my mom and aunt did the same and now my sisters, cousins and I are also following in those footsteps. Honestly, it can be served without the turkey and we would all be happy. None of our Thanksgiving’s are complete without it.

If there is one recipe you follow of mine, let it be this one.

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving with full bellies and lots of leftovers.

I’m thankful for the women in my family that set the traditions that made the holidays feel so special. I hope I can do the same for my family.

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Grandma's Stuffing

Ingredients

  • 4-5 pounds of ground beef(not lean)
  • 2-3 cups of white rice, uncooked
  • 4 packages of baby bella mushrooms (8 oz. each)
  • 10 stalks of celery, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped into small pieces
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • a big bunch of Italian parsley, chopped
  • at least 12 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Directions


This should be made the day before Thanksgiving.  

  1. In a medium pot cook the rice according to the directions on the box. Use chicken broth in place of the water. 
  2. When the rice is finished cooking, set aside.
  3.  In a large skillet heat olive oil on medium heat. Add the celery and onion. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until tender. Set aside when done.
  4. In a medium pot, heat olive oil on medium heat. Add mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper. Cook down until all of their juices are gone and the mushrooms are browned. Set aside when done.    
  5. In a large skillet, add the beef. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until there is no longer any pink left. Drain the fat and set aside.
  6. In a large bowl, add the beef. Then add the rice and combine. 
  7. Add the rest of the veggies and the parsley. Season with more salt and pepper. Stir until combined. 
  8. Cover tightly and store in the fridge.
  9. I would recommend taking it out of the fridge about an hour before baking. That will cut down on the cooking time. 
  10. Preheat the oven to bake 425.
  11. Place the stuffing in 2 separate baking dishes so that there is a thin layer of stuffing. That will also cut down on the cooking time.   
  12. Pour about a cup of chicken broth in each baking dish. You want enough to moisten it, but not too much that it is soupy. 
  13. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake until heated.
  14. Every half hour or so, remove from the oven, stir and add chicken broth as needed. 
  15. Season with salt and pepper if needed and enjoy!


Other Thanksgiving dishes that you’ll want to add to your table…

Mashed Potatoes

“Crowd Pleasing” Rice Pudding

Butternut Squash Soup

Colonial Pumpkin Pie

Apple Cake🍎

 

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Mashed Potatoes

This is the first year ever I have pulled the sweet potatoes from our Thanksgiving menu and added mashed potatoes instead! And I am really excited. I was kind of feeling bored of the sweet potatoes. I want mashed potatoes smothered in gravy.  Right?!

Mashed potatoes are heaven. They are creamy and delicious. You can add just a few ingredients and keep them simple or fancy them up. My boys like them indented in the middle with a pool of gravy👌.

This a basic recipe for mashed potatoes. Feel free to add your favorite ingredient…

You can add truffle salt, roasted garlic or cheese!

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Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds of potatoes(gold)
  • 1 cup of half and half(you can use milk to keep it lighter or heavy cream to make it creamier)
  • 5 tablespoons of unsalted butter(you can add your own salt to your liking)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Scrub the potatoes good.
  2. Peel and quarter the potatoes.
  3. Cover them in a large pot with salted water.
  4. Bring to a boil and cook until tender when you touch them with a fork.
  5. Drain and put back in the pot.
  6. Meanwhile, heat the butter and the half and half in a small pot until melted.
  7. Pour the butter and half and half over the potatoes. Mash with a potato masher until smooth. Season with enough salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Enjoy.

If you are looking for other Thanksgiving Day recipes here you go:

Colonial Pumpkin Pie

“Crowd Pleasing” Rice Pudding

Butternut Squash Soup

Apple Cake🍎

“Crowd Pleasing” Rice Pudding

So, you either love rice pudding or you don’t! I am one of the people that loves rice pudding. But I didn’t start eating it until I was an adult. I was missing out!

My mother-in-law has a big family. She has 3 sisters and 4 brothers! When they get together they have to make large amounts. There are favorites that they all have been making throughout the years. This rice pudding recipe is one of them. It is a crowd pleaser and it is delicious! My mother-in-law got this recipe from a friend of a friend 25 years ago and has been making it ever since. I love recipes from years ago that use such simple ingredients. I love to follow the recipes and think about the women who were making it back then. So much has changed, but so little has changed.

This recipe can feed 10 people and it is easy, but you have to set aside an hour that you are not distracted. You can’t let it boil over, so you have to keep stirring. Before you begin, make sure the kids are asleep or busy  and you have the time. 

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Crowd Pleasing Rice Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1/2 gallon of whole milk plus 2 more cups
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of long grain rice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. In a large pot combine the 1/2 gallon of milk, sugar and rice.
  2. Cook on medium/high heat. Once it comes to a boil, you will have to constantly stir to prevent it from burning and sticking to the bottom. I had to adjust the temperature frequently if it was boiling too much or too little.
  3. Continue stirring and cooking for 45 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together 2 more cups of milk, eggs, and vanilla.
  5. You will need to temper the ingredients in the bowl by adding a small amount of the hot rice mixture to the cold egg mixture to warm it a little. (If you add the cold egg mixture to the hot rice mixture all at one, the eggs will scramble and you don’t want that.)
  6. Once you’ve tempered the egg mixture, add it all to the pot and bring it to a boil while stirring constantly. Once it is boiling, remove it from the heat and pour into a large bowl or serving dish.
  7. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon.
  8. Cover and refrigerate.

NOTE:  This is best when made the day before. 


If you like this recipe you will love some of Pat’s other family favorites:

Annie’s Crumb Cake

Irish Soda Bread

 

 

 

Butternut Squash Soup

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love the food, the traditions we pass on from year to year, and the weather in Florida is perfect.

I usually do my food shopping and cooking for several days before. Once the cooking begins, it feels like it never ends. I always say it’s one of the hardest holidays to have because of all the dishes to make, but it is so worth it!

This recipe for butternut squash soup is not a tradition. It hasn’t been passed on from generation to generation, but it should be passed on. It is the perfect appetizer for a small crowd on Thanksgiving Day. I have made it a couple of times on Thanksgiving and everyone enjoyed it. It is really simple to make, healthy and so good! I usually serve this with roasted asparagus and stuffed mushrooms(recipes coming soon) before Thanksgiving dinner.

Traditions can be started at anytime. I love looking back on the pictures below. This was the first time I started the tradition of butternut squash soup. I remember it like it was yesterday! My sister and her husband were visiting from New York and both of my grandmas were still with us. We laughed the whole day, especially since my Mom’s mom and my Dad’s mom bickered all day. And when I served the soup to my 100 year old Grandma she laughed and said, “What is this sh**?”

I am so thankful for those fun memories.

Adapted from Food Network Kitchen(I’ve changed very little since it is perfection!)

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Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons for extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 4 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 2 fresh sage leaves
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 can of peeled plum tomatoes
  • 2-3 pounds of butternut squash(you can buy it in the produce section of your supermarket already peeled and chopped)
  • 4 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
  • grated pecorino romano cheese

Directions

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, sage, 1 teaspoon of salt and season with pepper.
  3. Cook for about 10 minutes until tender.
  4. Add the garlic and cook for two more minutes.
  5. With a slotted spoon, take 3 tomatoes from the can and place in the pot.
  6. Break up with a wooden spoon and cook for about 7 more minutes.
  7. Add the squash and the rest of the salt.
  8. Cook until the squash is tender(about 15 minutes).
  9. Add the chicken broth and 2 tablespoons of the sauce that is in the can of tomatoes.
  10. Simmer and cook uncovered for about 20 minutes.
  11. Set aside to cool for about 10 minutes.
  12. Use the immersion blender and blend until smooth.
  13. Stir in the vinegar(which is the perfect addition to this soup!)
  14. Ladle into individual bowls and top with grated cheese.

BTW, this can be made a day before and heated when ready to serve!


If you like this recipe you will love:

Colonial Pumpkin Pie

Apple Cake🍎

Broccoli Rabe

Roasted Peppers with Garlic

Beef and Bean Burritos

I have been making these burritos for years. When I know I have a busy night ahead of me, I prep them in the morning and heat just before dinner. They are easy, filling, and delicious! The picture doesn’t do them any justice. I’m sorry for my photography skills! But your welcome for this family friendly recipe!

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Beef and Bean Burritos

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of an onion chopped
  • olive oil
  • 3 pounds of lean ground beef
  • 2 cans(15 oz. each) of re-fried beans
    • I use the re-fried black beans because I love them. You can use whichever type that you prefer.
  • 1 jar of your favorite salsa
    • I highly recommend using homemade salsa for this recipe. It is easy and takes the burritos to a whole other level.
  • A block of Queso Fresco (Mexican Crumbling Cheese) or any shredded Mexican cheese you prefer.
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8-10 flour tortillas
  • OPTIONAL:  sour cream and cilantro

Directions

  1. If making homemade salsa prepare that first.
  2. If using the block of crumbling cheese, crumble that now in a medium bowl so it is ready when needed.
  3. In a large skillet, saute the onion in olive oil until tender.
  4. Add the beef. Season with salt and pepper. Brown until done.
  5. Drain and return to the skillet.
  6. Add the beans and stir.
  7. Add 1/2 cup of the salsa to the meat mixture and stir.
  8. Add 1/2 cup of the cheese and stir.
  9. Cook on low for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  10. Set aside.
  11. Warm the tortillas 5 at a time in the microwave. Put on a plate and lay a slightly dampened paper towel on top. Microwave in 30-second bursts until they are warmed through.
  12. Lightly butter a baking dish.
  13. Place 2 large spoonfuls of the meat mixture in the middle of each tortilla.
  14.  Roll them up and place seam side down in the baking dish.
  15.  Top with the remaining salsa and cheese.
  16. Cover with foil.
  17. At this point you can either put it in the fridge for when you are closer to dinner time or bake right away. (Bake at 350 degrees until warm and bubbly.)
  18. Top with sour cream and chopped cilantro if you would like. Serve with your favorite chips and extra salsa!


If you liked this you will love:

Mita’s Slow Cooker Chicken

Chicken Tostadas

Holy Guacamole

Stuffed Bread

 

Mini Tortellini, Sausage and Spinach

I found these little bitty mini pesto filled tortellini at Trader Joe’s. They do not have to be refrigerated since they are not filled with cheese. So, they’ve been hanging out in my pantry waiting to be used. After writing up the spinach tortellini soup recipe, I have been on a tortellini kick! I think I have to stop eating tortellini…

Or not.

This is another super easy, delicious dinner.  Perfect for a weeknight when you are rushing around.

 

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Mini Tortellini, Sausage, and Spinach

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of Italian Sausage, out of the casing
  • 1/2 of an onion, chopped small
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2(28 oz) cans of crushed tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 big handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1 bag of Trader Joe’s pesto filled tortellini or any tortellini you prefer
    • Optional:  1/4 cup of half and half or heavy cream
  • Pecorino Romano cheese

Directions

  1. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Cook tortellini per directions on bag. Drain and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet brown the sausage.
  4. Then add the onion and cook with the sausage until the onion is tender.
  5. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  6. Add the crushed tomatoes.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Stir and bring to a simmer.
  9. Cook for about 10 minutes.
  10. Add the spinach and stir until wilted.
  11. If using half and half or cream stir that in now.
  12. Put all the cooked tortellini in the sauce and combine.
  13. Top with grated pecorino romano and ENJOY!


If you enjoyed this recipe, you have to try these…

Spinach Tortellini Soup

Baked Ziti with Sausage

Orecchiette with Sausage, Mushrooms, and Tomatoes

Colonial Pumpkin Pie

So, what makes a pumpkin pie a colonial pumpkin pie? I have no idea!

I do know that this is an old recipe. Maybe that is what makes it a colonial pumpkin pie… I got this recipe from my mom’s recipe book.

I did make some changes. This recipe called for fresh pumpkin; I used organic canned pumpkin. It also called for a homemade pumpkin pie shell; I used a frozen pre-made pie crust. I do plan on tackling that pie crust and sharing. So stay tuned for that…

I usually make a pumpkin pie per the directions on the back of a can. And I always loved it. So, I wondered how this could be any better…

Oh man. It was on a different level. This colonial pumpkin pie was rich and delicious. You must put this on your menu for Thanksgiving Day. I did happen to whip up some homemade cinnamon whipped cream and spread it all over the top of the pie. That is a must as well!

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Colonial Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups of canned pumpkin(I used Trader Joe’s Organic Pumpkin)
  • 1 cup of brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon of all spice
  • 2 tablespoons of molasses
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of evaporated milk

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl mix the pumpkin, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, all spice, and molasses together.
  3. Mix the eggs in with the other ingredients.
  4. Slowly pour in the evaporated milk. Whisk until all the ingredients are mixed well.
  5. Pour mixture slowly into your pie crust.  Place on a baking sheet in case any pie mix spills over.
  6. Cover the edges of the pie crust with a pie crust shield or aluminum(Remove after 30 minutes)
  7. Bake for 40-50 minute or until done.
  8. Cool completely and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  9. Spread a thick layer of cinnamon whipped cream over the top and dig in!


Below is a list of my PC recommendations that will help make this baking experience a great one:

Large Bowl

Whisk

Baking Sheet

Pie Crust Shield

Small Spreader

Whipped Cream Maker

If you love this recipe you must try these…

Strawberry Apple Pie🍓🍏🥧

Sweet Cherry 🍒 Pie 🥧