All good. I decided to finally try cooking it today but being that it’s a stuffing recipe, or dressing recipe as y’all say down south, I needed to alter it. After all, I am not cooking a turkey or Cornish hens on a single chick’s casual weekend or even a date night that would need stuffing.
So, with apologies to Marilyn Monroe I knew that I would be altering and adapting the recipe. But what would I make it into? Burgers maybe? Hmmm. The ingredients included “ground round” and Parmesan cheese so why not? (Confession: I had to ask my mom what the heck “ground round” meant. I’m not really a beef eater.) Marilyn’s original stuffing recipe was found scrawled in her handwriting on an insurance contract among her things and was printed in a memoir-style book called Fragments. Here’s my version…
Here’s how I translated MM’s ingredients into Abiola style food:
(Marilyn’s original 1950’s French-style stuffing ingredients are on the left. Mine are on the right in purple.)
Guyanese Bakes, usually eaten with codfish.
1) MM says no garlic. —-> AA says,I love garlic but I stuck with this rule.
2) MM says sour dough french bread. —-> AA says, I used a Guyanese sour bread called Bakes that my Aunt Wendy made for me. I forgot to soak in water as in the original recipe.
3) MM says Giblet (liver heart). —-> AA says, Um, no thanks. I went with a chopped green apple instead.
4) MM says onions. —-> AA says, I was out of onions so I used onion powder.
I added spinach and a chopped apple instead of parsley.
5) MM says parsley, 4 stalks of celery; Chop together. —-> AA says, I went with fresh spinach and celery.
6) MM says, put in rosemary, thyme, bay leaf, oregano, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper. —-> AA says, I added Adobo, back pepper and saltless salt
7) MM says a handful of grated Parmesan cheese. —-> AA says I had some Parm left from a recent pizza order. I used that and added mozzarella cheese.
Chopped apple and celery.
8) MM says, one half pound of ground round, put in frying pan, brown, no oil, and mix. —-> AA says, I used ground turkey instead.
Walnuts & cranberries.
9) MM says raisins plus walnuts, chestnuts, pine nuts, chopped nuts. —-> AA says, I replaced raisins with dried cranberries for extra kick and then added walnuts only.
I figured that if I did an experimental Spaghetti Recipe it would be Josephine Baker’s but that’s up next. I mixed and cooked all of the ingredients in a frying pan with browned turkey. When it was complete, as stuffing, the concoction was indeed delicious. But what would I do with it? Turn it into spaghetti sauce. That’s what. I added tomato sauce and voila! Dinner is served. Compliments and apologies to Marilyn. It was delicious. Yum!
Marilyn Monroe’s Stuffing – Complete!
You can add tomato sauce and spoon this “stuffing” over spinach and spaghetti.
Marilyn Monroe’s stuffing recipe remixed into spaghetti meat sauce with ground turkey.
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