Nellie always had Thanksgiving dinner for the family until she physically couldn't do it anymore. When I was little, I remember she always stuffed the turkey with the dressing. But, in later years, we learned you could get botulism from doing this, so we started to bake the stuffing separate from the turkey. When I started to host Thanksgiving dinner in 1969, I made Nellie's dressing and have every year since.
8 oz of sausage patties
3 large loaves of stale white bread, Brownberry Bread.
4 medium or 2 large chopped onions
1 small stalk of celery, chopped
1 stick butter
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 qt whole milk
Crumble and fry sausage, drain grease.
Melt butter in sauce pan, add onions, celery, butter, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cook until onions and celery are tender, about 20 minutes. Add sausage crumble.
Soak stale bread in egg and milk mixture. Squeeze out excess moisture. Repeat until all the bread has been soaked. Place bread in large bowl, pour onion and celery mixture over and mix thoroughly.
Place bread mixture in two large greased casserole dishes.
Bake covered at 350 degrees for 1 hour. If refrigerated, bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Nell Madigan Sullivan's Sausage Stuffing