Ciabatta & Bacon Stuffing

Ciabatta & Bacon Stuffing

Rustic By Nature

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
  • 12 ounces Bacon cut into 1/4-inch dice (can use low-sodium option)
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary (may use dried)
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 loaf Ciabatta bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can low-salt chicken broth
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

Butter a 9 by 13 glass baking dish. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and sauté until crisp. Transfer the bacon to a large bowl; do not drain drippings from pan. Melt the remaining butter in the same skillet, with bacon drippings, over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, rosemary, and garlic. Sauté until the onions are tender. Gently stir in the parsley and remove from heat.

Transfer the onion mixture to the large bowl with the bacon. Add the bread and parmesan and toss to coat. Add broth to the stuffing mixture. Season the stuffing, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Transfer the stuffing to the prepared dish. Cover with foil and bake until the stuffing is heated through, about 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until the top is crisp and golden, about 15 minutes longer.

 


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    Mom’s Pumpkin Cheesecake

    Ingredients

    Crust:

    • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
    • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar (Homemade Brown Sugar Recipes)
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 stick melted salted butter

    Filling:

    • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 1 (15-ounce) can pureed pumpkin
    • 3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
    • 1/4 cup sour cream
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Directions

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    For crust:

    In medium bowl, combine crumbs, sugar and cinnamon. Add melted butter. Press down flat into a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.

    For filling:

    Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pumpkin puree, eggs, egg yolk, sour cream, sugar and the spices. Add flour and vanilla. Beat together until well combined.

    Pour into crust. Spread out evenly and place oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let sit for 15 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours. 


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      Holiday Traditions- Thanksgiving

      Thanksgiving is very big in a lot of households in this country.   However, I’ve noticed more this year that our family doesn’t put as much into it as I think we should.  I mean, we have a few things we do. For one, I like to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade while reading the ads for the Black Friday sales in my pajamas.  Of course, my Mother-in-Law and I go out to do a little shopping and then have lunch together the day after Thanksgiving.  It’s a girl thing.

      I especially like making dinner in the Dutch Ovens outside.  We have had the juiciest turkey since doing it this way. This was our second time.  I couldn’t go back to the oven or roaster method.  This year we decided to cook our stuffing in a Dutch Oven as well. It was awesome!  Next year I look forward to adding more culinary creations to our rustic way of cooking.

      We really don’t miss the stress of having a large gathering anymore. I used to want that when I was in my twenties and starting my own family traditions. I grew up spending the holidays with Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Grandparents.  However, my family hasn’t all been together for Thanksgiving since 1998 when my second son was a few months old.   I see very few of them throughout the year and everyone seems to like it that way.  Or at least no ones complaining.

      Now, I rather make it extra special for those who matter most. Those in the family who genuinely get together with you all through the year and not just because it’s a holiday.

      Do you have any suggestions of some fun family taditions we could try for next year?


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