Last night was the inaugural supper club dinner. It was a friendsgiving feast. I just got off the phone with one friend who said she liked the stuffing best, so I wanted to share that dish first. All week, I couldn't stop thinking about the imminence of Saturday and how I would have enough time and clean pans to pull it off. Trader Joe's has a cornbread mix that's good on its own but amazing when complemented with sausage and shallots. What makes this mix worth writing about, though, is that it can be prepared 2 days and 1 dishwasher load in advance. Also, it's super quick to make.
The mix from Trader Joe's is essentially croutons and stock mix. I'm probably paying for the fact that they've assembled the ingredients, but at less than $5, it's so worth it. Also to get this done most quickly, you'll need to manage 2 hot pans at once. You can do it.
- 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter (I like salty things, but trust me; this will be plenty salty with unsalted butter)
- 4 cups of water
- 1 package of Trader Joe's Cornbread Stuffing Mix
- 4 sausages
- 1 shallot
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- Mince one shallot. Set aside.
- Take the sausages out of their casing by slicing through it and pulling out the meat. Set aside.
- In a stock pot, mix the butter, water, and contents of the stuffing packet. Set on a high flame until the mixture comes to a boil for 2-3 minutes.
- After the mixture has been boiling for a few minutes, remove the pot from the flame and add in the contents of the crouton bag. Mix and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a sauce pan, combine olive oil and shallots over a medium flame. Breaking the sausages into bite-sized pieces, add in the sausage meat into the pan as well. Stir with a wooden spoon.
- When the sausage is cooked (gray on the inside, as well as the outside), pour the contents of the sauce pan into the stock pot. Mix, and voilà! The best stuffing ever prepared in the blink of an eye.
Note: If you are doing this in advance, you can put it in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. You can reheat it at 350 for 40 minutes before you serve.
25 minutes total time. Serves 8.