The recipe calls for dried cranberries, but I don't add them because not everyone in my family likes cranberries. To satisfy cranberry lovers, I serve homemade orange cranberry relish. You'll never buy a can of cranberry relish again once you taste the difference between homemade and canned.
Adding about 6 - 7 fresh sage leaves to replace the cranberries adds a delicious layer of flavor.
How to remove casings for the sausage:
If you buy sausage links, you will need to remove the casings. To remove the casings, I squeeze the sausage in the middle and pinch until the sausage is divided into two parts. Then I pull the sausage out on one side. Once the sausage has been removed on one side, hold the casing, and pull the rest out on the other side. The casing can be slippery, so I use a paper towel to maintain a grip while I pull the sausage out of the casing.
Alternatively, you can use a knife to slice down the side of the sausage to open the casing and then remove the sausage.
Both methods work well. However, I find the first method quicker.
You might be able to find Italian ground sausage in bulk without the casings at your butcher counter. Ina suggests sweet or spicy Italian sausage. I use sweet Italian sausage. In my opinion, the flavor of the sweet sausage doesn't complete as much with the other ingredients.
For the bread, I buy loaves of sourdough Italian or French Country.
Leftover turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie make a great school lunch. Warm the leftover turkey and stuffing and pack it in a thermos for school lunches.
A Thanksgiving meal requires a lot of chopping of onions, celery, and other vegetables. Chopping is time-consuming, so get your kids involved to create a memorable family activity and save you time. This child-safety knife is a must-have addition to your kitchen for your little cooks.