Thanksgiving Feast Inspired by Greek Cuisine

Nov 19, 2019

Thanksgiving Feast Inspired by Greek Cuisine

We have an extra treat for you this Thanksgiving! Every year, Yaya made her turkey with a delicious Greek-style dressing. It’s a little different than any other dressing I’ve ever had but so wonderful that you’ll find yourself thinking about it all year – just waiting for Thanksgiving to come again.

Greek-style Dressing Recipe

First things first, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • ¾ cup diced onion
  • 1 lb. ground beef or lamb (you can use roasted vegetables such as carrots, eggplant, parsnips, turnips or sweet potatoes as a substitute for beef/lamb)
  • 1-½ cups diced celery
  • 2 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup beef or chicken broth (use vegetable broth as a substitute)
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup pine nuts (pignoli)
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 8 cups ½” diced firm white bread – preferably homemade but Vienna bread also works very well

Greek-style Dressing Recipe

Add olive oil and onions to large sauté pan and cook 2-3 minutes until onions start to become translucent. Add meat and sauté until fully cooked through. Drain meat and onions in a colander.

Combine parsley, salt, pepper, oregano, cloves, and cinnamon in a small dish. Combine wine, lemon juice, tomato sauce, and broth in 1 cup measuring cup.

Place bread cubes in a large mixing bowl and add meat mixture and celery, then thoroughly combine. Add seasonings, raisins, pine nuts, and evenly drizzle wine mixture, then thoroughly combine. Drizzle melted butter and thoroughly combine.

Place dressing in 5 qt. baking dish. You want the dressing to be 2-½”-3″ deep in the baking dish. Bake at preheated 350-degree oven for 50 minutes, uncovered. Enjoy! 

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