Gluten-free, egg-free, nut-free
Thanksgiving is almost here and no holiday is complete without this stuffing that has been in my family for generations. My more cherished memories of the holidays are helping my mom in the kitchen while we chat, giggle (usually a result of being overtired due to getting ready for the holiday), and sneak forkfuls of this stuffing before dinner. This recipe has been passed down from my great great grandmother, and I like to imagine each generation of mothers and daughters having that same special time.
I love recreating the family favourite recipes that I grew up with to make them healthier without comprising on the taste. Luckily this was an easy one to transform, I simply swapped "normal" bread for gluten-free. The only thing you want to keep in mind when using gluten-free bread in a recipe like this is to avoid the really seedy/dense breads. A sandwich bread works best. I always use the bread from Strawberry Blonde in Ottawa. It's vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free! Hello allergen-friendly!
The stuffing can also be made a day in advance to free up time as well as space in the oven. This recipe can be made by either stuffing the turkey with it or not. I prefer it not stuffed in the turkey but make it however you like your stuffing best! Or divide the recipe in half and do both! Whatever suits your fancy, and the fancy of your guests!
Now, like any good recipe that is passed down from generation to generation, there is no real precise recipe. It's been taught to one another by talking, story telling, and years of making it together. Don't get intimidated, it's a very simple recipe but when I asked my mom for the "official" recipe she basically emailed me the story of how she makes it and speaking form experience we usually use the taste test method to make sure it's just right every single time. That said I wanted to give you guys a recipe with real measurements so you could recreate this family favourite for your own loved ones. I have to admit that putting exact measurements on a family recipe did give me a slight bit of anxiety, I wanted it to be perfect! I have the legacies of my Mom, Nannie, Grammie Alward, and Grammie Burges all riding on this recipe! I can't let those women down! So, when you make this recipe in your kitchen I encourage you to taste test as you go, adding more summer savoury, more salt, more butter, whatever the case may be to suit your taste. Most of all though, I encourage you to make this recipe with your loved ones and make wonderful memories surrounding it that will live on forever.
- Preheat oven to 350°
- In a large saucepan boil potatoes with about 1 tsp. teaspoon of salt until tender
- Drain potatoes and place back in saucepan (off the stove) with 1/4 of butter. Place lid on saucepan to allow the heat of the potatoes to melt the butter
- In a medium frying pan sautée onions in remaining 1/4 cup of butter until soft and translucent. Set aside.
- Mash potatoes
- Add onions, bread, summer savoury, remaining salt and pepper. Use a large spoon or spatula to combine all the ingredients until well mixed.
- Spread into a 9x13" greased pan and make a few little wells with a fork (or stuff in the cavity of your turkey and cook accordingly
- Pour turkey dripping over stuffing, allowing to drip down into wells
- Bake for 30 minutes
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