Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Dressing

Dressed to impress! Fresh, local ingredients and a few simple tricks are all you need to make the perfect Thanksgiving stuffing.

Photo by Vivian WheelerBread-heads, rejoice. Fresh, local bread, sausage, herbs and more form the base of this Thanksgiving side dish.

If you’re anything like us, when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, stuffing—not turkey—is the true highlight of the meal. What’s not to love about a big pan of simple carbs gussied up with vegetables and herbs and soaked in poultry broth?

10 cups of Artisan’s Oven French baguette, cubed
1½ cups onion, finely chopped
1 cup celery, finely chopped
½ cup butter
2½ tablespoons fresh sage, diced
2½ tablespoons fresh marjoram, diced
2½ tablespoons fresh thyme, diced
½ teaspoon celery seed
1 can beer of your choice
¾ pound Circle B Ranch German sausage 
3 cups chicken broth 
Salt and pepper to taste

To prepare
Preheat oven to 200ºF. 

Spread bread cubes evenly over baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes. 

Check to see that bread is sufficiently dried. If not dry, toss cubes and put back in the oven for five minutes. 

While bread is drying, cook sausage in a large skillet with half a can of beer until cooked. 

Pull sausage from pan, slice into rounds and then quarter the rounds. Set aside in a large bowl. Drain any remaining beer. 

Melt butter in a large skillet. Saute onions and celery until tender. 

Add spices and saute for another minute then add mixture to bowl. 

Mix all ingredients together and add broth slowly until moistened but not too wet. 

Bake at 325ºF for 40 minutes