Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s a time for being with family, reflecting on our many blessings, kicking off the Christmas season and of course, enjoying incredible food. At Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, our chefs have perfected the Southern comfort food we expect on turkey day. This year, our chefs in Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery are offering a variety of ways to enjoy the restaurant’s phenomenal Thanksgiving feast.
This month, you can order your Thanksgiving meal ahead of time from Song & Hearth. Our amazing chefs will prepare a delicious Thanksgiving meal for your family that feeds four to six people. All you have to do is order by Nov. 23, come pick it up and reheat it. Voila! Your meal is ready! Less time cooking in the kitchen means more time with your family.
If you are staying with us at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa over the Thanksgiving holiday or just looking for somewhere to eat with your family we are hosting a Thanksgiving feast you won’t want to miss. Turkey, prime rib and candied sweet potatoes are just a few of the delicious options to choose from this Thanksgiving.
Another dining option if you’re looking for a more exclusive Thanksgiving dining experience is to book one of our private dining rooms for your family.
To learn more about our Thanksgiving dining, order your to-go feast or make reservations, visit our website or call 865-428-9696.
I caught up with Executive Chef Debra Vance, and she showed me how our chefs create their twist on a Thanksgiving favorite, maple sausage and pear stuffing. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
Maple Sausage and Pear Cornbread Stuffing Recipe
12 cups cornbread, prepared two days in advance
0.5 lb. butter
3 cups onion, small dice
3 cups celery, small dice
2 cups fennel, small dice
3 cups Bosc or Anjou pear, medium dice
4 tbsp. sage, minced
2 tbsp. rosemary, minced
1 cup Italian parsley, chopped
2 cup turkey stock
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Two Days in Advance: Bake cornbread then crumble and lay out on a sheet pan to dry out for 2 days. After 2 days, toast cornbread in oven until lightly browned.
Day of: Sauté crumbled sausage until lightly browned. Add butter, onion and celery and sauté until translucent. Add pear and cook until slightly softened.
In a large mixing bowl, combine bread, sausage/vegetable/pear mixture, herbs, and stock. Salt and pepper to taste. When desired flavor is achieved, add eggs and mix well.
You can stuff your turkey with this stuffing, or bake separately in a baking dish, at 350 degrees, until an internal temperature of 165 degrees is reached.