Freshen up your favorite dressing recipe

From Mindy Merrell

Variety of Thanksgiving sides on the dinner table, carrots, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole and stuffingDressing is one of those dishes that opens itself up to versatility. “It’s a blank canvas, so change it up to match the theme of your menu,” Mindy Merrell says.

  • Italian — Add a pound of cooked and crumbled Italian sausage. Add some rosemary, red bell pepper and pine nuts.
  • Sausage, apple and pecan — Add 1 pound of cooked and crumbled sausage, a finely chopped apple and 1 cup of toasted pecans to the mix.
  • Leeks and country ham — Use leeks instead of onions and add bits of country ham.
  • Clams or oysters — Add fresh chopped clams or oysters to the mix and a sauteed green bell pepper.


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