Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Donna's Stuffing

My sweet friend Donna Bentz made this for Thanksgiving in 1986. When I lived in Santa Monica, she was the "Martha Stewart" of the neighborhood. Everything she made was delicious. But, when I went to this particular dinner and saw this stuffing I thought "yuck." Then I tasted it. Boy was I was wrong -- "Martha" delivered. The pan is empty at the end of the meal, and I begged for the recipe (along with everyone else.)

1 cup butter
1 box dressing
2 carrots, grated
½ lb. Mushrooms, sliced
2 cans water chestnuts, sliced
2 onions, chopped
½ can green olives, chopped
1 small can chili salsa
1 - 7 oz. package slivered almonds
6 stalks celery, chopped
1 can mushroom soup
1 can chicken broth
1 can chopped black olives

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sauté celery, onions and mushrooms in the butter. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well. Place the stuffing in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake for 1 hour.