Waffle, Maple & Sausage Stuffing

with cranberries

I can’t believe it’s only a week until Thanksgiving, which is my absolute favorite holiday of the year. I’m sure that a lot of you feel the same way. There’s no presents exchanged and no religion to bicker about. It’s just about eating as much food as humanly possible and maybe playing a few games. I even love the lead up to Thanksgiving. I get overly excited thinking about what I’m going to make – I scroll through recipes, do some testing in my own kitchen, pour over the options at the grocery store and run everything by Kramer no fewer than one hundred times (he’s a trooper) because I like to think out loud when I’m planning a party. It looks like we will be hosting 15 people yet again this year, and my 650 square foot apartment can’t wait to seat them all on the corners of my couch or on folding chairs. I don’t think anybody minds, though. You can eat, get up, get more food, mingle, and not worry about being stuck next Old Aunt Bertha at a long dining room table for three hours. We do an ‘orphan’ Thanksgiving, which is a pretty common thing in New York where it seems most people don’t live close to their families. It takes a lot of the stress away and leaves a lot of options open. For example, I’m not doing turkey this year. I thought fried chicken might be more fun. And nobody can tell me otherwise! I could use some board or card game suggestions, though. We had a rousing game of Cards Against Humanity last year, but I feel like that game is a little played out and we could use something new. Remember, any games need to be appropriate for at least 10-15 people. I guess we could be on teams, but I prefer to reserve any and all victories for me, myself and I.

Waffle, Maple & Sausage StuffingAwesome photo by Othello Silla.

This weekend, our friend Othello was in town from Los Angeles. He is an amazingly talented photographer and it’s always fun to talk about cameras and lenses and everything with him. The fact that he always takes some awesome photos of me doesn’t hurt, either. I’m at least that vain. Anyway, he was only in town Friday night through Monday morning, so we packed as much in as we could in between his running around the city seeing other friends and whatnot (all while the train closest to my apartment was down all weekend). We ate and drank at Roberta’s and The Rookery, grabbed breakfast at Le Barricou, and headed up to Long Island City to watch a UFC fight with our newly married friends Tom and Valerie. On Sunday, Othello and I went on a bit of an eating spree. We grabbed a slice from Best Pizza, which really is the best, followed by a hot dog at Crif Dogs, a doughnut from Dough, and ice cream from Oddfellows. We then attempted to walk it off a bit, wandering around trying to find cool photo locations, before Othello went to meet up with some friends and I took a much needed fat nap (which is like a cat nap, but for after you’ve consumed a crazy amount of food). Later that evening, we met up with Kramer (who had been busy with school and work all weekend – poor guy) and our friends Joel and Lily for steaks at St. Anselm (AKA the best steak in Brooklyn – it’s $16 and don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise). We finished up the night with a few drinks, and, I will admit, another pizza, this time from Williamsburg Pizza, because I felt very strongly about Othello taking some pizza back to California with him. Needless to say, I am exhausted and in need of a vegetable-heavy diet for the rest of the week. Whatever. Worth it!

Waffle, Maple & Sausage Stuffing

This month, I was asked by the Urban Outfitters blog to come up with a Thanksgiving-themed recipe for them. I already knew that I wanted to do a waffle stuffing for my own holiday dinner this year, so I decided to do a little recipe testing and do a first run of the stuffing for UO. I loved the result, and I can’t wait to serve it up on the big day next week. I made my own Belgian waffles from this recipe, then chopped them up, toasted them, and combined them with what I consider to be the stuffing essentials: lots of sausage, onions, celery, walnuts and dried cranberries. Toss that with lots of maple syrup and some chicken stock and you’ve got yourself quite the Thanksgiving side dish. Kramer and I both stood at the kitchen counter, forks in hand, taking bite after bite, saying that this was our last bite but going back for just one more. I was thinking that maybe on Thanksgiving I might replace half of the chicken stock with apple cider, but that’s up to you. All I know is that waffles + sausage + maple syrup = absolute heaven. You will definitely want to serve the leftovers, if there are any, with a poached egg or two the next morning. Trust me on this.


Waffle, Maple & Sausage StuffingWent to the Violent Femmes concert at the Roseland last week, had Best Pizza with Othello then introduced him to Dough doughnuts, had some Thai iced tea ice cream at Oddfellows, followed by drinks with Joel and Lily.

Waffle, Maple & Sausage StuffingWaffles! I used this recipe.

Waffle, Maple & Sausage StuffingChop ’em up and toast ’em.

Waffle, Maple & Sausage StuffingCook your onions, celery and sausage.

Waffle, Maple & Sausage StuffingToss together your toasted waffle cubes, sausage, onions, celery, walnuts, and cranberries.

Waffle, Maple & Sausage StuffingAdd in the syrup and stock.

Waffle, Maple & Sausage StuffingPlace the stuffing in your pan, drizzle with a little extra maple syrup and top with some cubed butter. Bake until golden and toasty, about 15-20 minutes.

Waffle, Maple & Sausage StuffingServe warm.

Waffle, Maple & Sausage Stuffing

Waffle, Maple & Sausage Stuffing
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Serves: 10-12 as a side
 
Belgian waffles, sausage and maple syrup made into the best breakfast themed stuffing ever.
Ingredients
  • 10-15 waffles (I used 10 large Belgian waffles, which is about 8 cups), cubed into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 pounds breakfast sausage (think Jimmy Dean’s – this is America!)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 5 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 4-5 cups chicken stock (or go nuts and do half chicken stock, half apple cider)
  • 1 cup maple syrup, plus more for drizzling
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, finely cubed
  • Sea salt, for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Use your favorite waffle recipe to make your waffles, or buy frozen Belgian waffles. Cook them according to the package directions. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F, cube the waffles into bite-size pieces, then place on two baking sheets and toast in the oven for 10-15 minutes until crisp and toasty. Allow to cool completely.
  2. In a heavy bottomed pan, crumble in your sausage and turn the heat to medium-high. Cook the sausage, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove sausage from the pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Add in 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter over medium heat, then add in the chopped onions and celery. Cook until softened, about 5-6 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for another minute or so, until fragrant. Remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together the toasted waffle cubes, sausage, onion mixture, walnuts, cranberries, salt, thyme, sage, and 4 cups of chicken stock. Toss together, and add another cup of chicken stock if necessary. Pour in the maple syrup and toss to combine.
  4. Press the stuffing into a well buttered 9 x13-inch pan (if you have extra, divide the stuffing between the 9x13-inch pan and an 8x8-inch pan) and drizzle with additional maple syrup and a sprinkle of sea salt. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, until golden and crispy. You may need an additional 5 minutes or so, depending on your oven.

 

25 Responses

  1. You waffled a stuffing. *slow clap*

  2. hale says:

    For games I highly recommend “The Resistance” and any extensions that go along with it. My family is super into games and we always end up laughing our asses off and wanting to keep playing for hours it is so much fun. It accommodates up to 10 players so you’ll have to take turns I suppose. I also recommend playing some test rounds of the game before your party so you’re familiar with all the roles and aspects of the game as it could possibly be a bit confusing (especially if holiday boozing is involved). Stuffing looks delicious!!!

  3. Waffles in stuffing?! Genius!!

  4. Julia says:

    Play Schmovie or Snake Oil! Schmovie is a game where you roll a genre die and then draw “Who” and “What” cards and have to come up with the punniest movie title. Snake Oil is played like Apples to Apples but with more arguing and invention.

  5. Anthony says:

    Revealing myself as a total geek…. 10-15 would be perfect for a large-scale dungeon-bashing D&D game. You may all now laugh and point. :)

  6. Tieghan says:

    So awesome!! I love this idea!

  7. Brilliant night out pictures :) This is such a cool idea. Can you please do a sweet version next ? 😛 Like a chocolate waffle pudding?

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  9. Aly says:

    The Real Game of Life is quite fun. It is an mature teen to adult aged game.

  10. Aly says:

    oops! The name of the game is, The Game of Real Life.
    http://www.gameofreallife.com

  11. lily says:

    I made this on Thanksgiving and it came out superb! I over mixed it so it didn’t look like your picture with actual recognizable waffle pieces. But it still tasted great. I used half stock and half apple cider. It was probably a tad over sweet so I’ll adjust accordingly next time I make it.

    Thanks for a great idea!

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  13. lojra says:

    loved the taste of it..pretty good

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  17. Devan says:

    I’m a first-time commenter but long-time reader. I’ve been waiting for a good excuse to make a giant pan of this stuffing, and a Friendsgiving gathering this weekend provided the perfect opportunity. It recieved rave reviews and lots of seconds! Thanks for the creative idea and delicious recipe.

  18. Lias says:

    I just want to say that last year I used this recipe and it was a total HIT! I’m using it again this year, and I can honestly say that it’ll probably be my go to staple for my thanksgiving stuffing recipe for the years to come. Pure unadulterated genius!

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  20. Abe says:

    Love this dish. So did everyone at my friendsgiving the other day it was gone in a flash. Thank you for sharing

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