When planning our holiday menu, I always make family recipes like grandma’s classic sausage stuffing recipe but I also like to start our own new holiday traditions with a new recipe like the Cream of Pumpkin soup recipe.
This post is sponsored by McCormick® but the holiday traditions content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Celebrating the Holidays with Family Recipes and New Traditions
One of the holiday traditions I started when my kids were little was to make something different and add it to our holiday menus. If it was a hit, it stayed with us and we would make it yearly and become a new family tradition.
If it wasn’t, then at least we could say we tried something new. The Cream of Pumpkin soup recipe is one that was a hit.
Did you ever hear the old saying that your recipe will taste different depending on the water? Yup! it’s true. And the only way I know that is because we used to own a pizzeria up in NY state.
When we moved to Florida and I made the same pizza dough, guess what happened? It did not taste the same at all.
With that being said, the same goes for spices. Did you ever try a different spice because it was all that was available, it was cheap or because you thought there was no difference?
I’ll be the first to admit that I have. And once again….guess what happened? It changed the entire flavor of the recipe and not for the better. I should have taken lessons from my mom since McCormick® is all that she ever used.
That was when I decided that McCormick® Herbs & Spices and Extracts were the ONLY ones I was ever going to use again. The best part is that they can be easily found right at your local Walmart in the spice section in the baking aisle.
McCormick® has been around for over 100 years so I’m pretty sure they know what they are doing. They’ve been striving to create global flavor experiences that make every meal and moment better!
Now it doesn’t mean you have to make it every holiday every year. Switch it up if you want. It’s what your family likes.
Of course there are certain things that we do make every year with family recipes like Grandma’s Sausage Stuffing recipe. I make it every year for Thanksgiving and sometimes for Christmas depending on our menu.
However, the sausage stuffing is a recipe that I only make for those holidays. You won’t find me making it for Easter or any other time of the year.
It’s just always been that way. Not sure why but it’s kind of like Christmas Anise cookies which is another of one our old family recipes.
I only make them for Christmas even though I could make them into different shapes for different holidays.
Grandma’s Classic Sausage Stuffing Holiday Traditions
- 1 loaf of day old bread
- 1 Pork Sausage Roll ( 1 per loaf) Any flavor of your choice
- 2 eggs per loaf
- 1 tsp. McCormick® Rubbed Sage *Tip – Buy this at Walmart NOW. Do not wait until the week of Thanksgiving or Christmas as it is usually sold out and you will not find it. Trust me on this one.
- McCormick® Salt and Pepper
- 1 cup each; diced onion, diced green peppers, chopped celery
- 1 – 2 cups of chicken broth
- McCormick® Turkey Gravy
HOW TO MAKE OLD HOLIDAY TRADITIONS CLASSIC SAUSAGE STUFFING
Fry Sausage till fully cooked. Let cool.
Break bread into chunks. I usually do this the night before.
Sprinkle McCormick® Rubbed Sage and McCormick® salt and pepper over bread chunks.
Chop onions, celery and green peppers. I also usually do this the night before so I can throw it all together quickly in the morning.
Break eggs and beat. Add eggs, cooked pork sausage to bread mixture.
Pour chicken broth over mixture and mix together. I use my hands as that works the best. Do not pour it all in at once. Mix a little at a time so that the sausage stuffing isn’t overly wet. You want it moist but not soaked.
Place in slow cooker and set for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
Make McCormick® Turkey Gravy according to directions. Because you can’t have stuffing without gravy 😉
What are Your Holiday Traditions?
- 1 loaf of day old bread
- 1 Pork Sausage Roll 1 per loaf Any flavor of your choice
- 2 eggs per loaf
- 1 tsp. McCormick Rubbed Sage
- McCormick salt and pepper
- 1 cup each - diced onion, diced green peppers, chopped celery
- 1 - 2 cups of chicken broth
- McCormick Turkey Gravy
- Fry Sausage till fully cooked. Let cool.
- Break bread into chunks. I usually do this the night before.
- Chop onions, celery and green peppers. I also usually do this the night before so I can throw it all together quickly in the morning.
- Break eggs and beat.
- Sprinkle McCormick Rubbed Sage, and McCormick salt and pepper over bread chunks.
- Add cooked pork sausage, onion, celery, green peppers to bread mixture.
- Pour chicken broth over mixture and mix together. I use my hands as that works the best. Do not pour it all in at once. Mix a little at a time so that the sausage stuffing isn't overly wet. You want it moist but not soaked.
- Place in slow cooker and set for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
- Make McCormick Turkey Gravy according to directions. Because you can't have stuffing without gravy 😉
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 540Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 1340mgCarbohydrates: 78gFiber: 5gSugar: 18gProtein: 21g
Nutrition may vary depending on the products used.