Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Stuffing!


Okay, I don't have a picture of the finished product because I'm leaving for CA in about 1 hour and I'm going to be making the stuffing there . . . but I made the bread cubes at home, so that's what you get a picture of! I'll try to edit with a finished photo later.

To make fabulous stuffing for Thanksgiving (or any other time), first make a single batch of my bread recipe. Spread the bread batter in a well-greased 13x18 pan, let it rise for 20 minutes, then bake it at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool. Once it's cooled, use a pizza cutter to cut it into 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch cubes. Break the cubes apart, then return them to the oven for 15 or 20 minutes to toast/dry the cubes. (Or you can just let them sit out overnight.) Then just use the cubes in your favorite stuffing recipe, or use this one:

Stuffing

½ c. finely chopped celery
¼ c. chopped red onion
¼ c. shredded carrots
¼ c. margarine or butter
½ tsp. poultry seasoning
1/8 tsp. pepper
3-4 dashes of salt
4-6 c. dried bread cubes*
½ to ¾ c. chicken broth or water

Sautee celery, onion, and carrot in butter until soft (but not browned). Remove from heat and add poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper. Place bread cubes in a bowl. Add onion mixture. Pour on enough broth to moisten the bread. Bake in a covered casserole dish at 375° for 20 – 30 minutes. (Or use to stuff an 8-10 lb. Turkey).

White Sandwich Bread . . . really!


Bread is one of the foods that people with Celiac Disease miss the most. Rolls, stuffing, sandwiches made from leftover turkey . . . all of these things require a bread recipe. If you want a GF bread that works well for all of these, try the following. People always say: "Wow! This tastes like bread!" Success!

Betsy's Favorite White Sandwich Bread Recipe

2 c. GF mix
1 c. Featherlight mix
1/4 c. sugar
2 ½ tsp. Xanthan gum
1 ½ tsp. Salt
3 ½ tsp. yeast
1/4 c. oil
1 3/4 c. warm water
1 tsp. Rice vinegar
3 eggs

Mix dry ingredients in large mixing bowl. Place yeast on top. (Don't mix it in yet!) Combine water, oil, and vinegar. Pour the water mixture on top of the yeast and let it sit for about 3-5 mintues. Mix well, then add eggs. Beat on high for 5 minutes.

Turn oven to 375. Grease 2 loaf pans or 12 english muffin rings on a 13x18 pan. Spoon into pans (or English Muffin rings), and let rise for 20 minutes. Bake loaf pans for about 35 minutes. Bake muffin rings for 20 minutes.

Thanksgiving! Aaaaggghhh!

So, I started this blog with the intention of posting a new recipe every week or so. And I did really well at first . . . but then life hit. There have been broken feet and thumbs, snapped achilles tendons, 5 different cases of strep throat, and a chronic sinus infection at my house. Not to mention the Halloween costumes I made for my kids (Belle, Indiana Jones, an Army guy, and a Poison Dart Frog). Well, let's just say I got a little busy.

But it's Thanksgiving in just 2 days! And I really NEED to post some holiday recipes! So my husband is packing the car for the 12 hour drive, and I'm typing away!