Giving Thanks is hosted by Kelli at There is No Place Like Home
Freezer Food Friday is hosted by MJ at What a Crock
Sandra always says share even if it’s not a slow cooking recipe, so I decided to use some of my scratch recipes for those weeks, I just don’t have slow cooking ones available. I’m still working pre-preparing meals for the gang over the Christmas Holidays, so this week I’m sharing a new scratch recipe for my Oatnut Sourdough Herb Dressing. My brother has been after me for years to always make it the same way I always have (tradition) and write it down, so this one is for him and to see if he really does read my blog! LOL! We use this recipe for both Thanksgiving and Christmas and I always make enough to freeze for weekday meals too. It’s a great way to use up stale bread. Sometimes I will collect the stale bread into a wrapper in the freezer until I have enough to make a large batch.
Oatnut Sourdough Herb Dressing
10 slices Brownberry or Oroweat OATNUT bread, cut intobite size chunks
1/2 loaf sourdough French bread, cut into bite size chunks
1 large sweet onion, chopped fine
1 small bunch celery (leaves and all), chopped fine
1/2 bag baby carrots, chopped fine
1 box mushrooms, chopped fine
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon white pepper
2 sticks unsalted butter
4 cups hot water
2 tablespoons Better than Bouillon Chicken base
2 tablespoons Buttery Herb & Garlic Mix (I believe McCormick makes it)
4 teaspoons minced garlic, Jar
- Cut bread into bite sized chunks and spread out in a thin layer over cookie sheets.
- Bake at 200 degrees for 3-4 hours until pieces are actually hard.
- Chop all the vegetables.
- In a large cast iron pan melt 1/4 cup of the butter.
- Add the onions and saute until translucent. The add the celery and carrots and continue sauteing until crisp tender. Add the garlic last as it will burn first.
- Whisk together the water, better than bouillon chicken base and all of the seasonings.
- Add the melted butter.
- In a large pan toss the bread slices together.
- Add the sauteed vegetables and toss again.
- Add the liquid mixture and toss again until well absorbed.
- Fold entire mixture into at least a 9×13 baking dish.
- Bake uncovered 1 hour.
- At this point I use a small portion for our dinner that night and freeze the rest.
- When it’s time to cook it again, I defrost it, put it back in the same baking dish and bake it again, but this time covered with foil until the last 15 minutes so it doesn’t dry out. We like it crisp on top so I remove the foil the last 15 minutes.