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Tavolo Italia Executive Chef Andrew Powers Shares His Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe

You’ve got ONE WEEK left to prep for the annual big Thanksgiving meal, so how about some input from a nationally-known chef? Born on a wildlife ranch in Seguin, Texas, Andrew grew up with a great passion and love for the food arts, and over the years, his career has sky-rocketed.

Starting in 2015, Chef Andrew began working with Jim Lammon and Jeff Frankel to create a Northern Italian restaurant called Tavolo Italia in Frisco Square. With a creative mind and an adoration for food, Chef Andrew says,

This is my grandmother on my mom’s side recipe. I would literally eat bowls of this goodness that is super easy to make, but exceptionally awesome. I still have the handwritten card catalog paper that she wrote it on in the 80’s! Enjoy!!”

ITALIAN SAUSAGE-CHALLAH STUFFING

Ingredients:

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large sauté pan, add the Italian sausage and olive oil and brown the sausage until it’s cooked through. Once fully cooked, strain sausage through a fine mesh strainer and SAVE THE OIL!

Place the cooked sausage in a stainless steel mixing bowl and set aside. Return the sauté pan to a medium high heat, add the saved oil and the butter.

Sauté the garlic, celery, and yellow onion until translucent and soft. Remove the vegetables from the sauté pan and add them to the sausage.

Add the chopped pecans, sage, thyme and cooked vegetables to sausage in bowl. Mix thoroughly.

Add the diced challah bread and continue to mix. Slowly add in the cooled chicken stock until the stuffing is wet/dry to your preference. YOU MAY NOT NEED ALL THE STOCK, so add it in slowly and mix everything well.

Once the stuffing is to desired wetness, place the stuffing to a 9×13 casserole dish. Dot the stuffing with the diced cold butter, cover it with aluminum foil, and bake in your oven for 45 minutes. Enjoy!