This Novembre, mon chéri and I hosted Thanksgiving. This wasn’t my first Thanksgiving abroad; however, this was my first time hosting Thanksgiving. We prepared the entire meal, which was Américain with a French touch. One of the plats was La Farce Américaine, known as Stuffing/Dressing in the US. It was a hit with the French!
*This plat was for 6 people.
- 1 1/2 baguettes (day old is better than fresh)
- 2 carottes
- 2 cloves of l’ail, or garlic
- 2 shallots
- 2 bouillon cubes (or 2 1/2 cups of pot veau)
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup l’huile d’olive, or olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of herbes de Provence (with thyme and lavander)
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of aneth, or dill weed
- 1 tablespoon of ground rose pepper (black pepper will also work)
- 2 large eggs
Les Consignes (directions):
First, start by pre-heating the oven to about 250 degrees F. Then, cut the baguettes into small, 1 inch squares. Put them on a non-stick baking sheet (or cover the baking sheet with foil or parchment paper to prevent the bread from sticking).
Second, put the baking sheet in the oven for about 10-15 minutes (or until the bread is slightly crispy).
Third, while the baguette pieces are in the oven, start greasing a casserole (or baking) dish. Then, set aside.
Fourth, melt the butter in a medium-sized pot.
Fifth, peel the carottes, shallots, and l’ail. Then, cut the them into small dices. Put them into the pot with the melted butter. Stir on medium heat until the vegetables start to brown. Then, add 1 bouillon cube.
Sixth, when the baguette pieces are finished, put the pieces into a large mixing bowl.
Seventh, add the vegetables (including the sauce) to the large mixing bowl with the baguette pieces. Fold the bread into the vegetables-sauce. Then, stir in the l’huile d’olive, 1 bouillon cube, all of the seasonings, and 2 eggs until the mixture is combined.
Eighth, pour the mixture into the casserole dish. Then, cover loosely with foil and put it in the oven for about 45 minutes. After about 45 minutes, bake uncovered for about 10 minutes (or until the top is browned). Once La Farce Américaine is finished, bon appétit!♦
**This dish can be served immediately or it can be made 1 day in advance (just re-heat in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until the baguette pieces are warm and crispy).