Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Stuffing Cupcakes With Cranberry Frosting - Video

Hey, if you can put bacon on cupcakes, why not Stuffing Cupcakes with sausage and cranberry frosting? This is the good stuff(ing) -- just ask my skeptical wife; and she has patiently been the recipient of some of my more outlandish culinary creations, like Pita Pizzas topped with Clams and Artichoke Hearts.

This is a fun party appetizer. Too much stuffing for the big bird? Make a few cupcakes with the extra and bring a bowlful to the Thanksgiving or Christmas table.

Doesn't that look delicious? Stuffing Cupcakes need just a little binder - one egg and 1/4 cup of flour to hold it all together. The frosting is regular canned cranberry sauce heated until soft like jelly.

Make your favorite chicken or turkey gravy for a dipping sauce (I found a jar of turkey gravy at The 99c Only Store), or, more formally, serve each cupcake in a pool of gravy.

You can use your favorite holiday stuffing recipe; I used 99 cent packaged cornbread stuffing mix. And you can add anything to stuffing: from sausage to chestnuts and dried fruit, or saute aromatics like onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic, and any fresh herbs you have in your garden.

My recipe is adaptable for my vegetarian friends.

What's nice about stuffing as a cupcake is you get more crunchy crust than with typical stuffing from a turkey, and you still get a moist, soft center.

Why have cranberry sauce on the side, when you can slather it on the cupcake like jam? As for the gravy, it makes a great dipping sauce.

All my ingredients come cheap this time of year. Bags of stuffing, cranberry sauce, and breakfast sausage are on sale. Your kids may balk at a Stuffing Cupcake, but the adults will like it. Hey, pile on enough cranberry frosting and the kids may come around. Pull this recipe out for Christmas, too!

This Bonus Video is by Seattle Public TV's KCTS. Producer Jenny Cunningham put my recipe on video for you, and here it is! (Although, the addition of cooked sausage links are left out?!!)

Go here to embed or view on YouTube.

Ingredients (about 6 cupcakes)
  • 3 cups of stuffing from the package (about 6 oz.) - cornbread or your favorite.
  • 1/4 cup of flour - white or wheat
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 4 breakfast sausage links - about 1/4 pound ground sausage - optional
  • 1/4 bell pepper chopped
  • 1/4 onion chopped
  • 1/4 celery stalk chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried or fresh chopped herbs - parsley, sage oregano; your favorites
  • 8 oz. of cranberry sauce, from the can, for frosting. Whole cranberry sauce works well.

Directions for Frosting
Heat cranberry sauce in a pot for 5-10 minutes. Break it apart as it heats - it will become like soft jelly. Remove from heat, allow to cool, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Directions for Stuffing Cupcakes
Prepare 3 cups of stuffing according to package directions. Usually, add one cup of hot water to stuffing in a large bowl. Mix until stuffing is spongy and soft. Saute 4 sausage links and break them into small slices or chunks. Add onion and bell pepper and cook until veggies are soft, about 5 minutes. Add meat, veggies, and a 1/4 cup of flour to stuffing. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup of milk and one egg. Add it to stuffing and mix well.

Grease your cupcake pan with butter or oil spray. Scoop in enough dressing to fill each one. Bake in a 350 degrees preheated oven for about 45 minutes. When cupcakes are done, you may need a knife to cut around the top edge of each cupcake, to keep them from tearing when removing.

While cupcakes cook, make your favorite chicken or turkey gravy (it's okay to use packaged or from jar). I have a few gravy recipes, including a delicious mushroom gravy recipe, just click here.

Top  cupcakes with cranberry frosting, and warm gravy underneath (or, gravy on the side as a dipping sauce.)

How about a behind-the-scenes video? It's actually a lot of fun so just hit the play button and enjoy!


christian said...

Right on. Another solid creation.

Unknown said...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Those cupcakes look so delicious! Your creation really is an inspiration!
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Shell said...

That looks really yummy.

Alovelygemini said...

So, I just took them out of the oven and they smell like holiday, the stuffing cupcakes remind me of Thanksgiving, and tast great I will be making these this year for the holiday :)

TLSF said...

Tried this recipe last week. Nomnomnomnomnom!!! Very tasty! I plan on trying this in the small muffin tin for hours d'ouvres! I think they will make the perfect little bite!

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