Lansdowne Resort Presents Thanksgiving Cooking Tip #2: Stuffing
In a continuing series of Thanksgiving cooking tips, Lansdowne Resort Executive Chef Robert Bradley provides his secret on how to make a good holiday stuffing. Chef Robert's Bread Stuffing with Turkey Sausage recipe is one of his favorites and uses a special product from one of the resort's many vendors located in the Virginia countryside.
Chef starts with generous amount of butter. For home use, a stick to a stick and a half of your favorite butter would likely be enough. Then, add chicken stock - a cup is likely plenty based on the volume of stuffing you wish to produce. From there, add aromatic vegetables to the mixture - this would include diced carrots, celery and onions. Be sure to add the carrots first as they take a bit longer to cook. This is a classic mixture in cooking known as "mirepoix." Equal parts celery, onions and carrots.
Chef's secret ingredient for flavor is adding turkey sausage. But this is not just any turkey sausage - the resort gets theirs from Lothar's Gourmet Sausage in Purcellville, VA, one of our local Virginia vendor partnerships. It adds great flavor and texture to the stuffing. Chef says the more the better, but find a turkey sausage in your local area, or at your favorite supermarket and use as much as you wish.
Then add a mixture of equal parts spices including rosemary, thyme and sage. Use a large spoon and stir to mix all of the ingredients.
Now, add the breading. You can use some you have saved, or use store purchased breading. The breading will soak up the butter and almost seem dry. At that point, add chicken, or turkey stock. Lansdowne Resort makes their own stock, but you can easily purchase at your local grocery store. Gauge the consistency to make sure your stuffing is not to dry, or not too moist. From there, keep adding bread and stock until you have enough to serve. Heat and eat. Or, use inside the turkey to bake for your Thanksgiving meal.
Give this a try at home and have fun! Happy Thanksgiving from Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, VA.