As a Southern boy, I don’t believe in “stuffing.” Stuffing is a culinary carpet bagger, a suspicious stranger from North of the Mason-Dixon Line. Wild rice? Oysters? Chestnuts? Not on our Thanksgiving table, Mister. The image of “stuffing” cascading out of the cavity of a 12-pound bird is iconic, but it just doesn’t set right with this ‘un. It’s like your main dish is giving birth to your side dish. Foul. And speaking of foul, let’s not EVEN talk about “Stove Top.” You might as well eat hot dogs on Thanksgiving.
I grew up with Dressing, of the Cornbread variety, baked in a separate pan from the turkey, yet bathed in its lovely drippings. We’ve gotten several requests for stuffing-dressing ideas, and this is the only one I can offer, because it’s all I’ve ever had. And I’m not complaining…it’s delicious. But before I delve into the recipe, I must say that i watched Giada from the Food Network prepare a really good-looking “stuffing” the other day…Ciabatta Stuffing with Pancetta and Chestnuts. If you’re looking for a bread-based stuffing, this looks great, and her reviewers love it. If you’re looking for an oyster dressing recipe, go to Google. When you find it, send it to me. Honestly, the idea of squishy sea creatures in my dressing kinda freaks me out, but there has to be something awesome about it, right? Make a believer out of me.
All that being said, here’s my family’s Thanksgiving staple. I already passed this along to our RPM instructor, Betsy. I guarantee I will be enjoying way too much of it this season…and pedaling it off! ;)
Important Note: You can add/substitute turkey drippings (from the roasting pan) for some of the chicken broth. One year, we covered our turkey with bacon, then crumbled it and added that to the dressing. My-oh-MY that was delicious! Use this recipe as a base and add whatever you want. Get mischievous!
I’m sure Matthew has some great ideas for dressing…he’s really good at “turning up the volume” … hee hee! Love you, girl. Check back on Monday for his spin on Cornbread Dressing. You know it’s going to be good!
Oh Yeah, and for Tuesday…
I played Cheesecake Factory this past week, and developed a great recipe and some cute ideas for you. Dressing took precedence, so I’ll share pics and recipes for Thanksgiving Dessert on Tuesday.