Oh, Thanksgiving! You are the harbinger of terrible traffic and even worse attitudes within a twenty mile radius of every shopping destination known to woman. You are also a day of gorging oneself, watching Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon, football, or the inside of one’s eyelids.
It’s also a day of tradition and nostalgia for some. I’ve been cooking for my family of three and sometimes my in-law’s, and always my Mom and Dad. I make too much turkey, my Memaw’s Peanut Butter Pie, and her stuffing too. Not everyone eats Memaw’s stuffing recipe, but there are too many good memories associated with it for me to stop making it. Plus, I love the hell out of that stuffing.
Basically, you buy a bag of already seasoned stuffing cubes or whatnot. Dump them in a bowl. Add sliced hard-boiled eggs and chopped onion. Pour in chicken stock until the stuffing is squishy. Transfer to a baking pan and throw it in the oven until the top is a toasty brown and crunchy. The top will be crunchy and the inside will be softer with bits of onion crunch here and there.
So what’s your Thanksgiving tradition? What recipes remind you of the people that no longer get to spend the holidays with you?