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Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing with Smoked Oysters and Sausage

Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing with Smoked Oysters and Sausage

Movember is here people – and I for one couldn’t be more over joyed. Well, scratch that. There are some men that just should not grow a beard. Or a ‘stache. Or some patchy half-assed excuse for facial hair. Love the sentiment dudes, but let’s be real, it’s like the yoga pants of facial hair. It may be super comfy, but it doesn’t mean everyone should do it. Patchy hair just looks scheevy and should be avoided at all costs. And a stache on any man under the age of 50 who isn’t at least salt and pepper gray just look like you should own a van and live down by the river. It’s terrifying. Which is why I am so relieved I married a man that can grow a full on manly-man beard this time of year.  It makes me want to give him an axe and tell him to go chop me down a tree and build me a cabin.  Or fix a lightbulb for me. It’s those little manly things that make a girl swoon.

On second thought…he better leave the tree chopping to me. Hanging out with lumberjacks all through college (Yes- I was a lumberjack)  I could distinguish between a good beard and a bad beard. And thankfully most of those guys had amazing pieces of facial pelt, which led me to believe that once a man puts an axe in his hand the beards begins to sprout. Like a Chia pet. It just happens over night.

Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing with Smoked Oysters and Sausage

Since Ben is in nursing school, he has to stay professional and clean cut so the pelt on his face isn’t going to get out of control and he can’t do anything funky with it like Todd Hoffman and his chin banner. Do any of you watch Gold Diggers, too? Or am I a one woman Alaskan Reality TV Freakshow? For those of you that know who Todd Hoffman is let me ask – What is that thing? Seriously, cut it off! Gold miners grown beards, not face banners. ew.

But I digress – It’s deep into the depths of fall and Ben has started to grown the face sweater – I’m beyond thrilled and it looks remarkably good on him. Other girls seem to think so too, since I’ve noticed he’s been getting a lot of stares lately from less-than-his-aged girls who apparentl also know a good beard when they see it. Ohhhh you should see the side eyes being thrown back at them. Go back and listen to your Justice Beaver girls and leave the beard admiring to me. I’ve got it firmly covered.

And what else do I have covered? Your new Thanksgiving Cornbread Stuffing recipe! This is full of fall like things – fresh crumbled corn bread, spicy pork sausage, cranberries and even a few smoked oysters for some added moisture, and smokey flavor. If you’ve never added oysters to your stuffing, this is the year to do it! You won’t even be able to tell they are in there – they just give it a really flavorful boost! Promise!

Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing with Smoked Oysters and Sausage

Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing with Smoked Oysters and Sausage

Yield: 1 quart

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Total Time: 50 MInutes

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1 pound Pork Sausage (like Johnsonville Sausage)
1 medium Onion, finely chopped
1 stalk Celery, finely chopped
3 cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 tsp Dried Sage
2 cups Cornbread, cubed
1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
1 can Smoked Oysters, drained and finely chopped
½ cup Chicken Stock
2 Tbsp White Wine
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Tbsp Butter


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and cook pork sausage until it begins to brown. Add in onion, celery, garlic, and sauge and continue to cook. Stir occasionally until the vegetables have softened and browned. Add in cubed cornbread, cranberries and smoked oysters - fold in. Gently fold in chicken stock and white wine. Stir gently to combine completely. Add in salt and pepper to taste if desired.
Use the butter to grease a casserole dish. Spread stuffing into an even layer into the dish. Bake until its heated through and brown on top - about 20 minutes.
Serve immediately or if using to stuff into a bird - place into the freezer for one hour so it cools down.


18 Responses to “Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing with Smoked Oysters and Sausage”

  1. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — November 13, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    Hooo boy, Movember is decidedly NOT a thing in our house. I love my husband, but beard growing is not one of his greatest talents. He falls into the categories of patchy, scratchy and scheevy for sure. You keep giving those other girls dirty looks though–that beard is taken! 🙂 I’m so intrigued by the oysters in this…may have to give that a whirl!

    • Megan replied: — November 13th, 2013 @ 11:26 am

      Haha, I’ve seen far too many bad-beards so I would schoost it off Ben’s face if he grew a bad one!!

      The oysters are different from regular stuffing but the smokey flair they add is so perfect!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — November 13, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    I dont think my boyfriend could grow a full beard let alone one for Movember. In any case, I feel as if this stuffing needs to happen this year.

    • Megan replied: — November 13th, 2013 @ 11:26 am

      hahah Silly Men – they need to know when to say No to Movember!

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — November 13, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    My husband sadly couldn’t grow a full beard if he wanted to. The beard gets to a certain length (not very much) and just stops! I agree, those scruffy patchy beards are just awful. With regards to your stuffing, I have never tried it with oysters but have always been curious. Love the cranberries in the stuffing too!

    • Megan replied: — November 13th, 2013 @ 11:27 am

      Thanks Haley!! I thought every Montana man was born with the ability to grow a beard! Poor Dusty! I think he’d look quite dashing with one!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — November 13, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    HA! It’s like the yoga pants of facial hair! LOL! And I will gladly take a plate or two of this stuffing!!!

    • Megan replied: — November 13th, 2013 @ 11:29 am

      And a plate or two of this stuffing you shall have!! Is Mr. B doing Movember?

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    Carol S — November 13, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    I laughed out loud as I read this post. I agree Todd Hoffman is a mess, in more ways than one. Also, I too am very grateful for my man’s beard growing talent. Tis the season and I am very happy about it. The stuffing looks great!

    • Megan replied: — November 13th, 2013 @ 11:32 am

      Whew, I’m glad I’m not the only one who has a man with a wicked awesome beard! And I’m also relieved I’m not the only one who watches that train wreck that is Gold Diggers. I am cheering pretty hard for Parker though, just got to love a little angsty underdog.

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    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — November 13, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

    I have a couple of Mo’s around here at this time of year too. The stuffing looks fabulously comforting. I’ve only done traditional bread stuffing but would love to try cornbread.

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    Pam Gurganus — November 13, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

    I just wanted to tell you that this year I will be cooking Thanksgiving dinner for just my husband (who has a full beard!) and me. I asked my husband what he wanted and he gave me a list and of course at the top of it was stuffing! Well, when I read this post, I knew I’d hit the jackpot! While I’m not a fan of oysters, my hubby LOVES every single ingredient in this recipe! So this is the stuffing I’m making him! I’m so glad you posted this recipe and thank you for sharing! 🙂

  8. #
    Tieghan — November 13, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

    This stuffing!! Yes! And cornbread rules!

  9. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — November 13, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

    Everything about this stuffing pretty much rocks my world.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 14, 2013 @ 1:12 am

    You know I love adding cornbread to my stuffing – can’t use anything else! And those oysters – so fun and unique! Definitely need to try this.

  11. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — November 14, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    This sounds amazing!! Love smoked oysters!

  12. #
    Jackie {The Beeroness} — November 14, 2013 @ 9:51 am

    You’re hilarious.
    And I love this stuffin’
    And that is all

  13. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — November 16, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    This stuffing is gorgeous! Incredible flavors in there 🙂 I love it!

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