This recipe was originally published in 2009, but I’ve updated it with new photos and substitution recommendations for accommodating additional allergens.
This recipe for Sage dressing hails from my Grandma in Austin, Minnesota (hi Gram!). It is without a doubt one of my favorite Schmidt family recipes and I have such fond memories of making this dressing as a kid every Thanksgiving with my dad. Traditionally, we always stuffed the bird (which apparently, is not a very safe method of cooking it)…but it always came out delightfully moist and we never got sick. For the extra dressing that wouldn’t fit inside the turkey cavity, we would bake that up in a casserole dish in the oven. Equally as good, just a tad drier than the dressing cooked up the turkey’s behind….easily fixed with an extra ladle of gravy.
For the past few years I have been hosting my own Thanksgiving and inviting all my friends who like to taste test for me. The more people I invited however, the smaller my lone oven became. Inspired by my friend Stephanie O’Dea and her Year of Slow Cooking Blog, I thought…why not? So last year, I made EVERYTHING except the turkey in separate slowcookers and it worked like a charm! I prepped all the sides the day before; and put each one in a separate slowcooker. The nighttime temperature here was cold enough that I could leave the crocks on the patio overnight to help save on fridge space (a cooler works great too). For the first time in a very long while, I was able to sit down, watch football and hang out with my friends instead of slaving away in the kitchen.
Oh yeah, I even won a contest for this dressing recipe over at The Savvy Celiac!
What do you serve at your Thanksgiving table, dressing or stuffing?
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