Friday, November 9, 2012

Sweet Italian Sausage & Roasted Chestnut Stuffed Mushrooms PLUS a Giveaway from Mrs. Cubbison’s **Giveaway CLOSED**

I recently received a sample package from Mrs. Cubbison’s and you have the opportunity to receive an even better gift package!  Check out what I made with their Mrs. Cubbison’s Classic Dressing and then there’s info on the giveaway at the bottom of the post.

IMG_6085eI was asked recently to try a Mrs. Cubbison’s product and use it in an original recipe.  They sent a sample package which included a box of Mrs. Cubbison’s Classic Dressing.  Well with Thanksgiving coming up I figured that everyone would have a one track mind thinking and stressing about whether to make stuffing inside their turkey or dressing in a side casserole.  Honestly I don’t need the stress and just wanted something a bit different, so what better than a nice little appetizer which includes that holiday favorite, stuffing. 

hero_turkeyWhat’s nice about this recipe is that it’s really versatile, so if you don’t want to make stuffed mushrooms, just follow the recipe and use it to either stuff your bird or put it in a casserole dish and serve it as dressing.  No matter which way you go, this is one delicious stuffing/dressing.

STUFF 12-12 OZ CLASSIC DRESSING CARTON 23111698_FINAL_OLWhen I opened the Mrs. Cubbison’s Classic Dressing, it smelled like Thanksgiving with all the herbs and spices already there, I’d bet that this dressing would be delicious on its own but I’m the type of girl who has to always add to a recipe and switch it around, but I found out that there are some who don’t add a thing, other than liquid, to store-bought stuffing mix.  Who knew?    

By the way, do you call it stuffing or dressing?  Well, Mrs. Cubbison's was interested in all these questions, along with some other interesting holiday facts like, do you use store-bought stuffing mix and what do you add to your stuffing?  To find all the answers Mrs. Cubbison’s conducted a Thanksgiving Across America Survey.  Did you know that the number one item handed down from generation to generation is the stuffing/dressing recipe?  It’s a fact that I didn’t know so I guess you learn something new everyday.  I wasn’t part of the survey but I’m going to give you a little insight into the Cook Lisa Cook home as I’m going to answer all the questions here and now.  Click on the Thanksgiving Across America Survey link to see how my answers compared and how your answers compare as well, it’s quite interesting based on gender and where we live.  Our demographics in the Cook Lisa Cook home are, I’m a New Englander, married to a Londoner, our daughter is from China and we live in Georgia. 

Here are my answers to all the survey questions:  

Q:  What is your favorite holiday? 
A:  Thanksgiving as it’s all about family and food.

Q:  To whom or for what will you be giving thanks this year? 
A:  Family and health.

Q:  Who did you spend Thanksgiving with last year? 
A:  Last year it was just me, Eammon, Maisie and my parents.  We had been invited to a friend’s home but I was sick, trying to get over a major case of pneumonia, we just the week prior to Thanksgiving found out that Maisie was allergic to wheat, egg & dairy and I was still trying to find my way with food for her and my Mom wasn’t feeling well so it was just our Intimate group of five.

Q:  Who/where do you go for help with the menu? 
A:  The internet, I love finding new and interesting recipes online but year to year I tend to make our traditional favorites.

Q:  Who were the cook(s) at the Thanksgiving meal you attended last year? 
A:  I did all of the cooking and my Mom helped with a lot of the prep-work. 

Q:  What is the farthest someone has travelled to attend your Thanksgiving dinner? 
A:  My parents travel over 800 miles (round trip) each year to enjoy Thanksgiving with us.

Q:  What are favorite items for the Thanksgiving meal? 
A:  1st: my Spice Rubbed Turkey with Cognac Gravy, 2nd: stuffing,  3rd: my totally awesome Corn Soufflé, all must haves for it to feel, taste & smell like Thanksgiving.

Q:  What are your favorite items for Thanksgiving leftovers?    
A:  A flaky, buttery croissant filled with sliced turkey, stuffing, sweet potato and cranberry sauce and for Eammon, turkey dump soup which includes turkey, all the leftovers including the veggies, stuffing, Corn Soufflé and even the remaining gravy.  Everything goes in his soup but the sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce.

Q:  Which items have been handed down from previous generations at your Thanksgiving?  
A:  Though my Mom is an awesome cook and made fabulous Thanksgiving meals when I was growing up, I don’t use any of her Thanksgiving recipes.  But check out her “Grandma’s Teriyaki Steak” recipe as it’s one of Maisie’s favorite meals.

Q:  Do you make your stuffing from scratch or do you use store-bought stuffing mix? 
A:  I am a store-bought stuffing mix kind of gal.  I guess I get that from my Mom as she’s the same.

Q:  Which term do you use:  stuffing, dressing, both or something else?
A:  I call it stuffing if I stuff it into something but call it dressing if I make it in a casserole dish.

Q:  How do you cook your stuffing?
A:  I cook it on the stovetop and finish it in the oven in a casserole dish.

Q:  What ingredients do you like to add to the stuffing when you cook it? 
A:  Onions top my list and are always included.  Roasted chestnuts, mushrooms and carrots are up there too as favorite add-ins.  Honestly it just depends on my mood, who’s going to be eating it, and the direction I want to go. 

Q:  Did you do anything special last year to prepare the turkey? 
A:  For the second year in a row I made my Spice Rubbed Turkey with Cognac Gravy, totally awesome, just an all around winning recipe. (check it out!)

Q:  Have you ever had to consider special diets at your Thanksgiving meal? 
A:  Oh yes.  With Maisie’s allergies to wheat, egg & dairy, my Mom’s inability to eat dairy, my Dad’s avoidance of offal, mushrooms, asparagus and sugar, Eammon’s dislike of fruit mixed in with anything savory and me trying to not eat too many processed foods, carbs or sugar, preparing the meal is…well interesting.  I try to go simple with my recipes and we don’t all eat every item made and served but we all have our favorites which have to be made or it just doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving.  Other than Maisie because of her allergies, we all cheat a bit with what we should and should not have but hey, it’s a holiday and only once a year so we indulge a little and enjoy!

Q:  What special diets have you had to consider? 
A:  Gluten-free, lactose-free, diabetic, low carb & picky eaters.

Q:  When do you start shopping for the Thanksgiving meal? 
A:  I would say about a week ahead.  Shelf items I pick up before that if I happen to see them on a good deal.

Q:  Where do you shop for the Thanksgiving meal? 
A:  Just like my usual shopping, most items come from the International/Asian Farmer’s Market.

Q:  How much time is spent in the kitchen preparing the Thanksgiving meal? 
A:  I usually start a couple of days ahead, so to spread out the work and have everything prepped and ready to go.

Q:  Did guests bring items to the holiday dinner last year or did the host do the whole meal? 
A:  As it was just five of us, me, Eammon, Maisie and my parents, I did the whole meal with my Mom’s help.

Q:  Have you ever snuck in the kitchen and sampled some of the food when no one was looking? 
A:  Heck yea!!  And I don’t believe those people who say they haven’t…I mean with all the delicious smells, who can resist?  Resistance is futile, resistance is futile…

Q:  What is your biggest worry on Thanksgiving?
A:  I don’t really worry or stress as it’s just close family.  I just do my best to get everything out on the table, hot, juicy and delicious and thus far, no complaints…and if I hear any complaints, they’re going to be doing the dishes!!

Q:  Other than the meal, what are your family’s favorite traditions or activities on Thanksgiving.
A:  We’re a lazy bunch, after eating it’s just a relaxing day, maybe a walk around the neighborhood but most likely, a good nap!

So now you know all about Thanksgiving in the Cook Lisa Cook home, enter the giveaway below and let me know about Thanksgiving in your home.  First though, my delicious Sweet Italian Sausage & Roasted Chestnut Stuffed Mushrooms, Enjoy!

IMG_6081eBaby portabella mushrooms stuffed and ready for the oven.  These can be prepared to this point a couple of days ahead then covered and kept in the fridge.  When you’re ready to bake them it’s just a quick 20 minutes in the oven and hot, delicious appetizers are ready to serve.

These mushroom caps were a hit with everyone who tried them and the Mrs. Cubbison’s Classic Dressing had perfect seasonings so no additional herbs, spices, salt or pepper were needed.  I liked that the bread crumbs held up well and didn’t dissolve into mush.  I now look forward to using Mrs. Cubbison’s products again.

 IMG_6091eSweet Italian Sausage & Roasted Chestnut Stuffed Mushrooms

Preheat oven to 400F.  Prepare a baking sheet by covering it with aluminum foil and coating lightly with cooking spray.  Wash and dry the mushrooms.  Remove the stems and place the mushroom caps open side up on the prepared baking sheet.  Finely mince the stems and set aside.  In a large cast iron skillet heat the oil.  Add the onions and cook until they just begin to caramelize.  Add the minced mushroom stems and cook until they are soft.  Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute until the garlic is fragrant.  Add the sausage and breaking it up and mixing it in with the onion mixture, cook until lightly browned and cooked through.  Add the diced chestnuts and the Mrs. Cubbison’s Classic Dressing.  Stir well to mix.  Add the water and toss everything well to get all the dressing moist.  Cover the pan tightly and remove from the heat.  Allow the pan to sit covered and undisturbed for 10 minutes so that all the moisture steams through the dressing mix. 

Fluff up the cooked dressing and using a tablespoon, fill the mushroom caps nice and high with the filling.  Place the filled mushrooms on the prepared baking pan.

Bake for 20 minutes until the mushrooms are tender and the top of the filling is golden brown.


Giveaway!!  ***CLOSED***

Sometimes being first pays off as comment #1 is the winner, congratulations Kiy!

Now that you’ve been patient and read to this point, here’s the wonderful package that Mrs. Cubbison’s will provide to one lucky winner, follow the directions below for all the ways to enter.  Entries will be accepted up until 12:00 noon EST on Wednesday November 14, 2012 and the winner will be chosen by random draw.  I will contact the winner via email and they will have 48 hours to contact me with their mailing address.  If there is no contact, after the 48 hours a new winner will be drawn.  US residents only please.

Gift Pack - Cubbison 2012Most of the items pictured will be sent to the lucky winner directly from Mrs. Cubbison’s, a couple items like the Sunsweet and Rhodes products will be in the form of a coupon that will cover the monetary value for those items.*  All around a perfect little prize package especially this time of year.

Required entry:

  • Leave a comment on this post letting me know a little bit about you and your holidays by answering any one of the survey questions which I answered above.

Additional entries:

You can earn up to seven additional entries:  Each item you do counts as one additional entry so please leave a separate comment for each, letting me know that you are already a member or follower or now have done each items.

Wishing everyone a safe, happy, healthy and delicious holiday season.


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* The giveaway is provided to you by Mrs. Cubbison’s and the prize package will be shipped directly from Mrs. Cubbison’s to the winner.  The address provided to me for shipment will be shared with Mrs. Cubbison’s.
I was provided with a box of products to sample, coupons and items similar to the giveaway package. This is a compensated post but all the views and opinions expressed are my own and based upon my experiences with the Mrs. Cubbison’s products.


  1. I will go first, even though #1 never wins! :)

    Which term do you use: stuffing, dressing, both or something else?
    Stuffing! Dressing, to me, is what you put on a salad.

    We don't do a traditional Thanksgiving meal any more. We aren't big fans of turkey, so we've branched out a bit. However, I still like the flavors of the typical meal. I love your stuffed mushroom idea! I am adding that to my menu for this year. Probably serving it as a side dish, as it's just the three of us. I still haven't decided on a "meat". We are thinking, now that we leave by the ocean, of having fish or shellfish! And of course, it isn't Thanksgiving without sweet potatoes - without the marshmallows. :)

  2. I am so excited for Thanksgiving because I have a four-day weekend and can get caught up on my grad school work. Since going back to school, my holidays have just meant more free time to do homework. Can't wait until it's over!

  3. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. My daughter (6) is so excited she can barely stand it. I think she's more excited about this than Halloween.

    We usually have some snack foods like meat & cheese tray or crab dip to munch on while we wait. Our menu doesn't change because every dish is someone's favorite. We have turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole and gravy. Sometimes we pretend and through in some more veggies, but we're not fooling anyone.

    I call it dressing if it's baked outside the turkey and stuffing if it's inside. Our oven is acting up and won't stay on more than an hour, so we'll be buying a smoked turkey. Therefore, we'll be having dressing, not stuffing. ;O)

  4. How fun! I will answer the 3rd one: who did you spend thanksgiving with last year? Our friends in Denver sort of jokingly asked us to drive up and we said OKAY. It's about 750 miles each way and we had a blast!! They did all the cooking and we just showed up to eat and shop and let the kids play. It was a super fun Thanksgiving because it was so out of the ordinary.

    And our friends made 3 different kinds of pumpkin pie including a Colonial Williamsburg version.

    1. Oh and I am with Kiy - I call it stuffing since dressing goes on salad :)

  5. I call it stuffing! I make mine from scratch and it is my favorite Thanksgiving side dish.

  6. I've always called it stuffing! Dressing, to me, is something you put on salads =)

  7. I like to add celery and onions to my stuffing.

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  14. These stuffed mushrooms look awesome! And I enjoyed reading about you and your Thanksgivings :-) It's my favorite holiday too.


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