We're happy to have our friend Skyler Bouchard of Dining With Skyler guest posting on our Cheeky Chatter blog today! Skyler knows what foods are instant crowd pleasers, so it's no surprise she whipped up this tasty recipe that is perfect for your Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving celebrations. Read on to hear her thoughts on Friendsgiving and for her yummy recipe for Cornbread Cranberry Stuffins!
Friendsgiving is probably one of the most fun ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. You’ve got tons of food, tons of drinks, and (hopefully) tons of friends. Thanksgiving is an amazing holiday in general because everyone is so nice and generous with their food, but Friendsgiving is even better because you don’t have to filter yourself for your little cousins, parents and your great Aunt Sally. It’s truly an #unfiltered occasion and I think it’s the best day of the year.
Of course, if you participate in a Friendsgiving, it’s important to bring food and drinks for the friend community. This is tough because no one wants to bring their huge casserole dishes to the party and then have to lug them home while on the brink of a food coma. Trust me, I’ve learned from experience. For Friendsgiving, communal 1-serving dishes are the best because you can prepare them at home, bring them on your adorable Cheeky plates, and there’s no waiting for the giant spoon to be passed around to scoop yourself a serving.
These cornbread cranberry stuffing muffins, or “stuffins,” are the perfect starter for a Friendsgiving meal – everyone can walk in the door, pour themselves a glass of wine, and grab a stuffin. I made these with pre-packaged cornbread croutons (you can find a cornbread stuffing mix at Trader Joe’s to make this recipe super easy) and added some sautéed onions, celery, ground turkey, and craisins. I personally think these muffins taste insanely good with a cranberry sauce filling, but that part is optional. However, I highly recommend it.
Happy Thanksgiving! Be safe, be thankful.
CORNBREAD CRANBERRY STUFFINS
Total Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
12 oz. cornbread croutons (you can buy cornbread stuffing mix)
¾ cup sweet onion, diced
¾ cup celery, diced
1 tablespoon sage
1 tablespoon thyme
¼ teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
5 oz. ground turkey, broken up into small bits
¾ cup dried cranberries
2 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth or seasoning with water if you use Trader Joe’s cornbread mix)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce (optional)
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
2. In a skillet, heat olive oil. Add onion, celery and ground turkey pieces. Sauté over medium heat for one minute. Add sage, thyme, salt, and pepper and continue to cook on medium heat until the turkey is cooked and the onions are soft. This will take approximately 5 minutes. Place this mixture in a bowl and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, empty the cornbread croutons. Add the turkey, onion, and celery mixture to the croutons and mix until thoroughly combined. I used my hands because it’s easiest to really get the distribution right. Add the dried cranberries and continue to mix thoroughly.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, olive oil, and vegetable broth. If you are using a pre-packaged stuffing mix, you will most likely have a packet of seasoning. If you want to use the seasoning, add the seasoning to 2 cups of water and then add to the eggs and olive oil. Whisk together all the ingredients until they are thoroughly combined.
5. Pour the egg mixture over the bread crumb mixture and mix until the bread crumbs are evenly coated. I used my hands to really make sure the bread crumbs soak up the egg mixture.
6. Butter a muffin pan and scoop stuffing mix into each one of the muffin cups.
7. Bake for 35-45 minutes until the top and sides are golden brown.
8. Let the muffins sit for 20-30 minutes and then scoop them out of the pan.
9. If you want to add a cranberry sauce filling, scoop out the center of each muffin, and add a spoonful of cranberry sauce. Top with the scooped out crumbs.
10. Serve to all your friends!
Skyler Bouchard is a food media entrepreneur and personality with a mission to discover a new taste in her kitchen, New York City, and beyond. She works to develop fun recipes for every occasion and loves to make bite-sized party snacks while singing and filming herself in her kitchen for her new show #BallsyBites. You can find her at the 24-hour NYC pizza parlor.