Illustrations by John Burgoyne
Mr. Gerwig's Stuffing
My Dad makes this stuffing every single year and it is literally my favorite food on earth. I would sneak bites of it all day before the dinner and pray that we had enough leftovers that I could eat it throughout the week. Last year my Mom and Dad came to New York for Thanksgiving and he made the stuffing for my community of friends here. They all felt like I did and there was nothing left the next day. — Greta Gerwig
Recipe adapted from Julia Child
5 cups cornbread, crumbled
1 pound sausage meat
2 cups chopped onions
1/2 cups celery ribs, chopped
2 cups breadcrumbs, unseasoned, lightly pressed down
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons dried sage (more if you like)
4 ounces melted butter
Prepare cornbread according to mix directions. Break up sausage meat. Sauté in a pan or several minutes until gray. Scrape into a large mixing bowl, leaving fat in pan. In pan, sauté onions for 5-6 minutes. Add celery, sauté for 2 minutes. Add sautéed vegetables to the sausage, along with the cornbread and bread crumbs. Combine sage and eggs and pour into mixture. Fold in the melted butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Place mixture in baking pan, cover with foil and bake at 350ºF for 20-30 minutes, maybe even less. Do no overbake otherwise the stuffing will dry out.