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    Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing / Dressing

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    30 mins

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    Debber's Note:

    Never enjoyed stuffing/dressing until the day before I got married in November 1978! My in-laws threw a big Thanksgiving Day feast (a day late) for our wedding rehearsal dinner for about 30 of us. MIL made this recipe, and it made a believer out-a me! And...29 years later, I'm still making it, and all seven of my children are stuffing/dressing lovers--in fact, I think they'd eat it for breakfast all year long if I'd make it that often! Cooking time does NOT count how long it is baked--that would depend on if you stuff the turkey or bake separately. But figure a minimum of 30 minutes if baked in a separate pan at 350.

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    Serves: 12



    Units: US | Metric

    • 1 lb ground beef (or venison, turkey, pork or Italian sausage)
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 4 stalks celery, diced
    • 1 loaf whole wheat bread, 1 # size, cubed (include crust)
    • 1 cup butter, melted
    • 1/2 cup milk (optional) or 1/2 cup water (optional)
    • poultry seasoning (sage, pepper, thyme, tarragon)
    • salt & pepper, to taste


    1. 1
      Fry meats (we use a combination of burger and mild Italian sausage).
    2. 2
      While meat is frying, cube the bread and dump in a very large bowl; drizzle butter over bread cubes; toss cubes, then set aside.
    3. 3
      When meats are browned, add onions & celery; cook until tender; then pour over bread cubes, tossing again and again until well-mixed.
    4. 4
      Add water/milk ONLY if you like a wetter dressing--otherwise omit.
    5. 5
      Add seasonings according to your taste, toss again.
    6. 6
      Mixture can now be stuffed into the rinsed-out & salted turkey cavities (then placed immediately into oven to be roasted) -- when turkey is roasted, remove stuffing with a long-handled spoon, into a nice serving dish--it will have absorbed all that wonderful turkey pan juices---oh goodness how delicious!
    7. 7
      OR -- spoon into a greased casserole dish, cover and bake until JUST crispy along the edges -- about 45 minutes.
    8. 8
      Whatever doesn't fit into the turkey, spoon into a small casserole pan and bake along with the turkey---turns out every time.
    9. 9
      VARIATION #1: Sliced, fresh mushrooms when browning the meats.
    10. 10
      VARIATION #2: Sprinkle some cornmeal when tossing the bread with the meat---mmmm!
    11. 11
      VARIATION #3: Water chestnuts coarsely chopped or sliced--adds a nice crunchiness the kids love!
    12. 12
      SUGGESTION: Unless you have a very small family -- DOUBLE THE RECIPE -- you won't be sorry, this is EXCELLENT when reheated the next day, too.
    13. 13
      PICKY EATER OPTION: Saute onions & celery in a separate pan until transparent, then dump in the blender along with the melted butter---pour this over the bread cubes and meat. All the aroma & flavor, just no "yukkies" to pick out for those who "hate" onions or celery.
    14. 14
      LEFTOVERS (if you're lucky!): reheat in the microwave.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 26, 2009


      I made this stuffing for Christmas this year. I substituted a cup of parboiled rice for the bread as I was trying to recreate a stuffing from DH's childhood. It worked out great! I hope you don't mind the substitution, Debber, and thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

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    • on November 18, 2008

      Have not tried this recipe yet,but thanks for variation #13. Will have to do that when I try it. :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing / Dressing

    Serving Size: 1 (130 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 317.0
    Calories from Fat 203
    Total Fat 22.6 g
    Saturated Fat 12.2 g
    Cholesterol 66.3 mg
    Sodium 344.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 19.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.0 g
    Sugars 2.9 g
    Protein 11.0 g

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