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Holiday Stuffing with Mischief

It’s time to prepare ourselves for the most highly anticipated holiday of the fall season: Thanksgiving! The best parts of Thanksgiving are football games, getting together with the family and, most important, the food! For the host, the pressure to spruce up those dusty family recipes so guests aren’t bored makes preparing the perfect meal a challenge. Yes, we know that buying a precooked turkey and store-bought stuffing is out of the question!

Luckily we have a ton of solutions for last minute twists on all of your Thanksgiving favorites from John DeMers’ Texas cookbook, Delicious Mischief: 100 Favorite Recipes from 25 Years of Eating and Drinking on the Radio. This year we’ve decided to give the traditional Thanksgiving stuffing a classic Louisiana Cajun kick that will keep your guests coming back for second—and even thirds!

Holiday Stuffing:
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Extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
4 full cooked breakfast sausage patties, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 day-old baguettes, cut or torn into cubes
6 slices whole-wheat bread, one or more types, cut into cubes
1-2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons rubbed sage
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
Creole seasoning to taste

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Sauté the onion, bell pepper, carrot and celery in olive oil over medium-high heat until soft and caramelized, about 10 minutes. Add the cooked sausage and the garlic, stirring to blend with the vegetables. In a large bowl, combine this mixture with all the bread, adding broth and turning with a fork or spoon until completely moistened. Season with sage, garlic and onion powder, lemon pepper and Creole seasoning to taste—you can taste and adjust the mixture, as everything is fully cooked. Transfer to a large baking dish and gently press down to remove excess air space among the bread cubes—not too much though—so the stuffing will remain fairly light and fluffy. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake until top is golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Find other Texas and Cajun twists on traditional recipes served up with a side of humor in Delicious Mischief!

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