Along with a delicious roasted turkey, the side dishes can also be an added attraction. The main sides are usually stuffing/dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberries and hot breads.
Stuffing/dressing is made up of breads, broth, onions and other seasonings. There are many recipes for this wonderful addition to go with your turkey. Stuffing is the mixture that is stuffed in the cavity of a turkey before roasting the bird. Dressing is when you bake the mixture in a pan separate from the turkey. Most people generally use the words stuffing and dressing interchangeably.
It seems a lot of people don’t like their dressing stuffed in a turkey as there is always a question as to whether the turkey and stuffing get thoroughly cooked through.
Below is a more traditional dressing, though cranberries, raisins, walnuts and other additions can be included in the recipe.
Traditional Herb Stuffing
- 1 large bag of dried seasoned bread stuffing
- 1 large bag of dried seasoned cornbread stuffing
- 1 large onion (diced)
- 3-4 stalks of celery (thinly sliced)
- 2 – 3 T. sage (ground)
- 1 T. poultry seasoning
- 1 T. black pepper
- 4 – 5 cups turkey or chicken broth (homemade or canned)
- 4 T. butter (melted)
In large pot or bowl combine bread and cornbread, add in onions, sage, poultry seasoning and black pepper. Pour in broth and butter and toss with a large wood spoon until very moist. Can add more broth, if needed.
Spoon dressing into a prepared 9” x 13” baking dish. Bake in 350 degree oven uncovered for 1-1/2 hours or until golden brown on top. Remove from oven and let set for 10 minutes before serving.
Suggestion: The more sage and onions, the better in this recipe.
Tip: Never beat or over mix dressing mixture, otherwise you may end up with a cake batter like substance which when baked will be a solid mass, not good. Always just toss enough to spread the broth throughout the breads.
Try these other Thanksgiving Dinner recipes: Roasted Turkey Breast, Candied Sweet Potatoes plus
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