This is by far my favorite time of the year. Being with family, being thankful for all that we have, great food, great company! So what goes great with all of that?? Wine!! Yes wine. Today’s event is being sponsored by Gallo Family Vineyards! Let’s give them a warm welcome from Momma’s Meals. I’m so honored to be a part of this wonderful theme of Memorable Holiday Meals: Holiday Traditions and Recipes with wine. I also love that the word “Family”is in the name of their winery.
We all have our favorite wine that’s for sure, so click here to read all about Gallo Family Vineyards wine selection! There are 16 different kinds; I know I’ve tried a quite a few varietals. I’ve recently read a little more about how they started their winery, I found it quite fascinating that Ernest and Julio were out traveling the country selling grapes from the family vineyards, they always wanted to start a winery so they borrowed money from family, rented books on how to make wine and wala, their dream was born.
We all have Holiday Traditions we love and look forward to every year. I have fond memories of my childhood when I think of mine, like how close I am to my cousins because we spend every holiday and every summer together. The past few years since I’ve been married, and slowly my cousins have been getting married it’s causing our traditions to change a bit. I used to get sad when thinking about it because I knew I’d miss seeing them and being a part of our day. Now there are children being born into these families and it’s changing even more. I have my husband’s family to make time for and they have other sides to see as well. Since I had my daughter three years ago I’ve regrouped my feelings and think of all of the wonderful new traditions we have started. One new one is having my mother, mother-in-law and sister at our house Christmas morning to see my daughter (now son too!) open their gifts. Now instead of missing my family on Christmas or other holidays we make other weekends to get together so it’s even better! I get to host Easter each year at my new home and my children get to be in their home for the holidays. When planning a holiday you can always count on wine being served at my table. This year I’m looking forward to starting yet another new tradition with the recipe I chose for this event. I made it awhile back for a random dinner and it was such a big hit that I made it again for my best friend’s engagement dinner. It’s now going to be a staple at our holiday for leftover Turkey Sandwiches at our first annual Family day with my Mom’s side of the family we are holding Thanksgiving weekend. Or serve it at your Christmas dinner, it’s a great side dish but also awesome on a sandwich! I kept it easy because we all get busy around the holidays. I added some homemade touches to give it added flavor and of course some wine to give it that last touch it needed! I also love this dish because I was able to prepare it and put it together when we were ready to put dinner out on the table. If you’re traveling make the additions, package it up, bring along your broth and cranberry sauce and you’ve got yourself a great “semi” homemade dish to share, don’t forget your wine!
4-4 celery sticks
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup of white wine (I prefer Gallo Family, Moscato)
2 cups of chicken stock
2 tbsp of butter
1 14 oz pkg of herbed stuffing (boxed)
1 can of cranberry sauce
8 slices of center cut bacon
What to do:
Melt 2 tbsp. of butter in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Once it’s almost melted add celery and onions and sauté until translucent. 8-10 min. Remove from pan and place in a dish. Add bacon to the sauté pan and cook until your liking in the grease from the veggies.
Remove bacon and place on paper towels. Place another paper towel and firmly press. Let stand to cool. Add veggies back to the sauté pan and pour the wine in scraping the bits from the bottom of the pan. Lower heat a bit and let reduce down. Chop bacon. Once the mixture becomes thicker and the bits have been removed from the bottom (about 5-10 min) add the bacon and stir for a few minutes to combine.
Remove from pan and place into a dish until you’re ready to assemble the rest. When you’re ready use a large baking dish and add the packaged stuffing. Add veggie/bacon mixture, 1 cup of broth and mix to combine. Add cranberry sauce cutting into pieces as you add it throughout the dish, add the last cup of broth and combine. Cook in a pre-heated oven at 350 for 40 min. Enjoy on a sandwich or for a nice side dish! This easily feeds a large crowd and I got LOTS of compliments on it, I’m proud because I made it easy, yummy, and added my favorite wine to it.
This was our spread, it was our first annual Thanksgiving leftover day at our new home and I hope to make this a tradition in our family for many years to come. Happy Holidays from our home to yours!
Before you check out what everyone else has made for this event come build your own custom family crest it was so fun!
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