Simply the Best-Sausage, mushroom and chestnut dressing

This dressing does take some work, so it is only for special occassions...but it is simply the Best!

1 lb fresh chestnuts
4 onions thinly sliced
2-4 Tbs olive oil
16 oz. mushrooms (I used a combo of white button and baby bellas) chopped
salt and pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 Tbs butter
2 lbs sweet italian sausage, removed from the casings

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Score each chestnut with a deep X and place on a baking sheet.
Roast chesnuts for about 15 minutes. 
Let cool until cool enough to handle.  Once cooled remove shell of chestnuts and put the chestnut meats aside in a bowl.

Saute onions in olive oil over medium low heat until carmelized, about 30 minutes.
Turn heat up to medium high and add mushrooms.
Saute mushrooms for about 10-15 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper.
Turn heat to high and add white wine.  Let the wine cook off for a few minutes.  Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Stir in butter 1 Tb at a time.  Remove from heat.
Add chestnuts to the onion and mushroom mixture.

In a large skillet brown sausage for 5-7 minutes until cooked through .  Add to mushroom mixture.

You may now serve as dressing along side your turkey or roast chicken.  You could also stuff your turkey or chicken with the mixture as you would a bread stuffing.  I served this as a side.

To make Better add one element of organic or farmers market onions or mushrooms or use organic sausage.  To make Best add multiple elements of organic or farmers market onion and mushrooms and organic sausage.

Have the Best holidays with the Best food!

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