It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is nearly here! Only a few days left and we’ll be plunging straight into the holiday season with friends and family and get togethers. I love this time of year! And we have so much to be thankful for, a warm home, soft pillow to lay our heads on and such yummy things to eat. I say we savor the moment for as long as we possibly can, because before we know it, the holidays will be over and we’ll be starting a whole new year full of new adventures and expectations.
Several years ago, I came up with this dressing after visiting with my boss as the time, who just happened to be born and raised in Germany and who also just happened to be the one who prepared Thanksgiving dinner for his family each year. He told me about how he fixed the dressing for their dinner, and I liked the part about adding Italian sausage and wine to it. So I went home and pondered on it for a week or so and came up with this. It also just happened that I was cooking Thanksgiving dinner that year for some of my in-laws, and I was fairly new to the family……nervous! The dinner turned out really good and since then, this is a request each year. I wouldn’t dare fix Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner without preparing this to go with it now.
I started by preparing the rice according to the instructions on the box, then chopping the celery and the onion.
Then I crumbled the Italian sausage up and browned the veggies and the sausage together. The house smells super good now……just sayin!
I love the smells that come from the holiday cooking.
So while the rice goes bubbly, bubbly – I dumped the Stove Top directly into a casserole dish that I’ve sprayed with cooking spray. Then in goes the veggies and Italian sausage along with the wine.
Then a good portion of butter, for one cannot live without butter.
Once the rice finished cooking I added that too and then the chicken broth. Then I held my mouth just right and gave it a good stir, just to combine everything good. Pop it into the oven for about 30 minutes and presto…..it’s awesome!!!!
Italian Sausage and Wild Rice Dressing
1 box Stove Top stuffing
1 box Uncle Ben’s rice mix (prepared according to package instructions)
1 C celery, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 package mild or sweet Italian sausage
1/2 C dry white wine
1 1/2 C chicken broth
1/3 C butter
Prepare rice according to package instructions. Brown sausage, celery and onion together until sausage is no longer pink. Pour contents of Stove Top stuffing mix into a 5 quart casserole dish that has been sprayed. Add sausage mix to stuffing mix, once the rice is finished, add to the sausage and Stove Top, add wine, chicken broth and butter and stir until completely combined. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes. Serve warm. Serves 10 – 12.