The flavors of fall get baked into this Butternut Squash, Olive and Cranberry Stuffing that’s perfect to star next to your turkey on Thanksgiving day or any time of year!
It’s our last day of Friendsgiving week and if you’ve asked me, I’ve saved the best for last. Don’t get me wrong, I loved all the recipes equally but there’s something about stuffing that calls to me. Perhaps it’s the big bowl of baked bread with a buttery crunchy topping loaded with goodies or maybe it’s because everyone knows it’s the real star of Thanksgiving dinner.
We loved stuffing so much growing up that my mom would always make two types. Yes two! One in the bird and one out of the bird and that tradition holds to this day. Although truth be told, I think most of the family prefers the out of the bird crunchy stuffing and we just make two different varieties of that.
At the beginning of the week, I briefly touched on all that goes into hosting a Friendsgiving party. One friend will host and that’s usually the one that either a) as the biggest space or b) doesn’t mind making the turkey. From there you fan out the rest of the duties, from the appetizers, salads, sides, desserts and drinks. After all the host still has to clean before and after! It’s such a fun afternoon of eating and laughter without the stress of hosting actual Thanksgiving.
No one person is responsible for the entire meal and you get to have fun! This is your chance to come up with some really creative dishes!
Of course I am still a bit of a purist at heart which is why I have this stuffing recipe but just with a tiny little twist. I see it has Fall harvest meets with the Mediterranean. Filled with sweet roasted butternut squash, sauteed leeks, celery, dried cranberries and of course California Ripe Olives. A sprinkle of bacon on top is the final touch to make this dish outshine any other on the table.
So what do you say? Will you be throwing a Friendsgiving party this year?
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