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    Moist Bread Dressing or Stuffing

    Moist Bread Dressing or Stuffing. Photo by Bonnie G #2

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    2 hrs

    30 mins

    1 hr 30 mins

    Halcyon Eve's Note:

    An old recipe from a 1960's Good Housekeeping cookbook; this was my mom's classic stuffing recipe that everyone adores. I prefer the tidiness of dressing cooked separately from the turkey, and so I've adapted the recipe to be cooked in a casserole but still retain the moistness of a stuffing. Instructions for using it either way are included. Times are approximate, as they will depend on the temperature of the oven and how full the oven is. Yield is also approximate. Allow around 1 c stuffing per 1 lb of turkey.

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    Serves: 16



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    1. 1
      Bring water or broth to a boil in a small saucepan. Add giblets, neck, bay leaf, salt (if using), and peppercorns, and simmer for about 45 minutes or until tender and cooked through.
    2. 2
      Remove bay leaf, giblets, and neck from pan. Discard bay leaf.
    3. 3
      Mince giblets. Remove as much meat as possible from neck bones and mince. Add minced giblets and meat back to broth.
    4. 4
      Add butter and onion to pan, bring to a simmer, and simmer for 5 minutes.
    5. 5
      Meanwhile, place remaining ingredients except eggs into a very large bowl.
    6. 6
      Pour giblet mixture over bread mixture and toss to mix together well.
    7. 7
      For Stuffing: Stuff turkey loosely (do not pack) and roast as usual for stuffed turkey. Bake any leftover stuffing in a covered casserole alongside turkey until done, about 30-45 minutes at 350* F, depending on quantity (should be set, not wet, in the center). Adjust times as needed to bake at same temperature as turkey. Makes enough to stuff about a 16 lb turkey.
    8. 8
      For Dressing: Mix in eggs. Transfer to one large or two smaller baking dishes. Cover tightly and bake along with turkey for about 40-45 minutes for two small dishes or about 50-60 minutes for one large dish, at 350* F or until cooked through (should be set in middle, not wet). Adjust times as needed to bake at same temperature as turkey.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 23, 2012


      Used this recipe for our Thanksgiving dinner and did not stuff in the turkey but used the oven method. Didn't have poultry seasoning so added some sage and thyme then followed the directions. It was moist and flavorful and as the kids said "taste like Thanksgiving" couldn't get a better compliment in this house.

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    • on January 13, 2010


      Thank you for posting this recipe. This was my mom's classic recipe as well. This is a wonderful adaptation. The stuffing was as moist and as flavorful as if it were in the bird. This will be my preferred stuffing recipe from now on.

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    • on May 26, 2014


      Excellent! Very moist and delicious, and reminded me of my grandmother's dressing. I did add a bit of the liver too, and thought it tasted great. Thanks!

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    Nutritional Facts for Moist Bread Dressing or Stuffing

    Serving Size: 1 (95 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 16

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 124.1
    Calories from Fat 114
    Total Fat 12.7 g
    Saturated Fat 7.5 g
    Cholesterol 53.7 mg
    Sodium 269.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 1.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
    Sugars 0.6 g
    Protein 1.5 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    day-old white bread

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