From the earliest days of Slice, I've urged you pizza freaks to forgo the crusty, saucy, cheesy stuff on Thanksgiving in favor of gobbling the gobbler. But I know some of you are diehards, so here's a way to sneak our erstwhile favorite dish into the Turkey Day festivities: Garlic Knot and Sausage Stuffing. Yes, it's pizza-flavored stuffing for Thanksgiving.
My favorite stuffings have always included some sort of sausage in the mix, along with the necessary bread element and the usual seasonings. And last year, I think I found the stuffing to end all stuffings: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt's Classic Sage and Sausage Stuffing. Why not riff on a great thing and see what happens?
In place of regular white bread are garlic knots — a typical side item found at most NYC-area pizzerias. Knots are golf-ball-size snacks made from pizza dough that's, well, tied in knots and brushed with garlic-infused olive oil before being baked. They're usually six for a dollar or so. And, heck, at some pizzerias they're stale enough you could almost use them as-is for your stuffing. (OK, I'm foolin'. You're going to have to dry these out in the oven like you would the white bread in Kenji's original recipe.)
The full list of substitutions:
- Garlic knots for white bread
- Hot Italian sausage in place of sage sausage
- Green bell pepper for celery
- Dried oregano for dried sage leaves
- Fresh basil in place of fresh parsley
My interpretation retains the onion and garlic of the original, which along with the green pepper and dried oregano give this sort of a classic, American, "supreme pizza" flavor profile. This stuffing tastes like what I like to call "pizza parlor pizza" but with the awesome moist, custard-like texture Kenji talks about in his post.
What started as a sort of gag or "stunt" post actually surprised me. This "pizza stuffing" actually does taste good and isn't just gimmicky. (And believe me, I know the difference between good and gimmick.)
Right this way for the recipe, ladies and gents »
That said, I take no responsibility for your safety should you foist this on unsuspecting and tradition-bound relatives. Happy Thanksgiving, Slice'rs and ...
Hasta la pizza!