To-Die-For Thanksgiving Stuffing
This is a basic recipe that continues to evolve each year (one that was itself extrapolated from an intriguing Bon Appetit recipe). Add[, subtract, go wild: the rich flavors of pumpernickel, bacon, and rye can stand up to just about anything! Warning: This is a HUGE recipe. Stuffs a 24 lb. turkey with leftovers to spare. Adjust as needed.]
- 1 dense store-bought loaf dark pumpernickel bread, torn or cut into 1-inch cubes, stale (or dried in a 200-degree warm oven)
- 1 dense store-bought loaf light rye bread, torn or cut into 1-inch cubes, stale
- 1 lb. thick-cut bacon, chopped and browned, fat reserved
- 8 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 large onions, chopped
- 8 cloves garlic (or more to taste), crushed
- 2 tbsp. rosemary
- 1 tbsp. thyme leaves
- 1 lb. toasted pecans
- 2 quarts rich chicken or turkey stock (more or less depending on your preference for dry or wet stuffing)
- 1 cup bourbon
Combine the bourbon and chicken stock; starting with 1 quart, add enough stock to produce the consistency YOU recognize as "stuffing."
HINT: There's no good way to mix this stuffing without using your hands, so just dive in and do it.
When combined, stuff bird or place in separate large baking dish(es).
Serves 12 or more as part of a Thanksgiving feast. The recipes for this contest, which were provided by contributors who may not be professional chefs, have not been tested in Food Network's kitchens. Therefore, Food Network cannot attest to the accuracy of any of the recipes.
Recipe courtesy Denise Bryson of Skokie, IL, for FoodTV.com's Stuffing Cook-Off