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Posted: 11/18/2012 3:46:28 PM

So, I've only done THanksgiving dinner like 2 or 3 times in my life...Not an expert by any means

I'm debating whether to stuff the turkey or cook the stuffing seperate. Any suggestions?

Also, what items can be prepated ahead of time...like Monday and Tuesday?

One more question...do you make your own bread for stuffing or buy the bags at the store...

Thanks again!

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Posted: 11/18/2012 3:46:53 PM
stuffing is separate!


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Posted: 11/18/2012 3:51:48 PM
Separate. Always separate. Nobody cooks it in the bird anymore -- gross, gross, gross.

We always bake our own stuffing, but have an extra box or two of Stove Top on hand in case of emergency. One year, my mom ruined the stuffing (too much liquird). DH ran to the store and saved T-day with a box of Stove Top. We ALWAYS keep Stove Top on hand because you never know.




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Posted: 11/18/2012 3:52:28 PM
You can do either. If you cook it in the bird itis called stuffing and is usually made from the bread crumbs in the store. If you cook it separately it is called dressing and is made from cornbread. Either one works.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 3:53:55 PM
Separately.
We eat cornbread dressing.
YUM! I can't wait.




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Posted: 11/18/2012 3:54:12 PM

Nobody cooks it in the bird anymore -- gross, gross, gross.


It is not gross.

I always stuff my turkey. ALWAYS. Because I like it ultra moist and it gets all the flavor from the turkey as it cooks. The extra that I make goes into a baking dish, and when it's time to eat, I mix both the stuffings together and set it out - otherwise we'd eat only the bit that went in the bird.

Just make sure you stuff it right before you put the turkey in the oven so it doesn't have time to build up harmful bacteria.



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Posted: 11/18/2012 3:54:21 PM
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Posted: 11/18/2012 3:55:59 PM
We cook dressing and it is NOT made with cornbread.


I guess I don't understand calling it stuffing if it's not stuffed in the bird.

I have actually never seen it cooked in the bird IRL, nor have I actually heard the word stuffing IRL.



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Posted: 11/18/2012 3:56:53 PM

Separate. Always separate. Nobody cooks it in the bird anymore -- gross, gross, gross.


Uh, wrong.

Stuffing is in the bird....dressing is outside. We do both.



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Posted: 11/18/2012 3:57:20 PM
I cook the dressing/stuffing outside the bird. I'm too afraid of not getting it hot enough. I buy the Pepperidge farm bread cubes and then add celery & onions to fix it up a bit. As for preparing ahead, I've not done anything as early as Mon. except for maybe ironing the linens and making the beds in the guest room. I have peeled potatoes, cut and put in water the day before as well as baked my pumpkin pies.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 3:58:15 PM
I make a mega stuffing so I stuff the bird.. (yes, I still do), it is NOT gross... (my bird is extremely clean by the time I get to that.. and I have more than enough so I cook some separately also.. the difference, as someone already stated, in Stuffing and Dressing is WHERE you cook it.. and it's obviously stuffing IN the bird.. and dressing cooked seperately...

My mother used to make an Oyster Stuffing..(very Yankee) haven't had that one in years.. my family prefers this one..

Bread and celery stuffing

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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:01:42 PM

I'm too afraid of not getting it hot enough.


If you're cooking your turkey to temp, you will have no problems with the stuffing not getting hot enough.



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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:02:29 PM
Used to stuff, now do separate. I also use TJ's Turkey broth for the stuffing/dressing. I "cheat" use Pepperidge Farms, butter, broth, sauteed celery and onions. Put it in a roasting pan, cover with foil, put in the oven when I take out the bird, along with other "baked/roast" stuff.

Having it in the bird just added time to the roasting (I found).
I DO put some herbs inside the cavity.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:04:03 PM
you can make your "stuffing/dressing" the day before, but you canNOT stuff the bird until you put it in the oven..

One year, I peeled the potatoes and squash ahead of time..(night before) and just kept the potatoes in cold water in the fridge..

Monday/Tuesday, I might do some baking (in fact, I've already made a pumpkin bread and orange/cranberry cookies and they're in the freezer..

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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:05:26 PM
Usually do separate now, but sometimes I stuff it.....lately I've been 'stuffing' my bird with an onion, carrots, and celery and garlic.

And my dressing, which I make in the crockpot now, is the exact same recipe I use when I stuff the bird, I just need to add more chicken broth. Yum.

eta - I buy the bag mix (sage) at the store for mine

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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:06:09 PM
stuffing = cooked inside the bird

dressing = cooked separately from the bird

Both stuffing and dressing can be either bread-based or cornbread-based. It's a matter of preference.

We actually have two kinds of dressing at our house.

DH was raised on bread-based dressing. He makes himself a small pan of that each year.

I was raised on my great-grandma's cornbread dressing recipe. That's what I make each year.




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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:07:48 PM
Stuff the Muthuh!! Long live the stuffed bird!


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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:08:48 PM
I make dressing ( well dh will make it this year). I always worry the turkey won't get done. I cut up apples, onions and celery into big chunks and fill the cavity.

My Mom always suffed the bird.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:15:41 PM

Never stuff your turkey ahead of time. It should be stuffed only when it's ready to go into the oven. The stuffing should be spooned lightly into the turkey's body cavity and neck cavity. Don't pack it! The internal temperature of the stuffing must reach 165 degrees F, and if the stuffing is too tightly packed the interior won't get hot enough. Stuffing also expands as it absorbs moisture from the bird, so filling the turkey lightly will give you the best results.


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I don't care for stuffing or dressing. Dh loves it, but he makes dressing.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:15:44 PM
Nothing better than stuffing....INSIDE! my mom actually has some in and some out because she prepares a lot. The inside stuffing is always the most moist!

After reading how GROSS it is I have to say this....I hate almost everything on a Thanksgiving Day table. All my plate will have is that "gross" stuffing and mash potatoes and gravy! And I will be very happy and full when I push back from the table!


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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:17:24 PM
Around these parts, no one calls anything dressing except for stuff you pour on salad. I don't stuff my bird, I put celery, carrots, onion, seasonings into cavity. My mother always stuffed her turkey. It wasn't gross.
For Thanksgiving, I use the blue bag of Pepperidge Farm. I add sauteed onion and celery and crumbled Jones sausage. I make some w/o sausage also. Everyone likes it with a crispy top so I always bake it and moisten it with bastings from the turkey and/or chicken stock.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:17:25 PM
my parents stuffed the bird with apples, celery and prunes. now I just stuff with apples and celery...keeps bird moist..but I don't eat it.

we never had dressing when I was growing up...so I make it out of the joy of cooking and make it on the side.

we usually share thanksgiving with friends...so I make rolls, pies and cranberry relish.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:22:02 PM
I'm gross. I stuff the stuffing in the turkey. Always have. I always make more than will fit though, so that gets cooked seperately. I poke holes in it and put drippings from the turkey on it. The stuffing in the turkey tastes better. I cut up my own bread cubes.







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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:22:17 PM

If you're cooking your turkey to temp, you will have no problems with the stuffing not getting hot enough.


I cook the breast to 160, which normally gives the thigh a chance to get to 165-170, but may not let the stuffing get all the way to 165. In my opinion, a turkey breast cooked past 160 before resting is almost always dry as sawdust.

My solution back in my "cook it in the bird" days was to cook the turkey to the appropriate temperature, dig the stuffing out of the bird, pop the stuffing into a casserole, and stick it in a hot oven with the other sides for a bit whilst the turkey rests.

These days I prefer to cook the dressing outside the bird - in the crock pot, because that makes it so very easy and doesn't take up an additional dish! I actually prefer it a bit more firm and a bit less juicy from the turkey anyway.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:26:07 PM

Nobody cooks it in the bird anymore -- gross, gross, gross.


It is not gross.

I always stuff my turkey. ALWAYS. Because I like it ultra moist and it gets all the flavor from the turkey as it cooks. The extra that I make goes into a baking dish, and when it's time to eat, I mix both the stuffings together and set it out - otherwise we'd eat only the bit that went in the bird.

Just make sure you stuff it right before you put the turkey in the oven so it doesn't have time to build up harmful bacteria.

Ditto squillen, except I don't mix the two ... I hide the "good stuff" that came out of the bird and only tell people who will truly appreciate it where to find it ... the rest of the heathens can eat it baked in a casserole dish.

After Thanksgiving, then I mix the leftovers. The stuffing cooked in the bird has soooo much more flavor and is a lot moister.

ETA if you want to talk GROSS, I use the giblets that come with the turkey in my stuffing. I make a separate pan of stuffing with no giblets for the candy-asses among us (i.e., my kids).


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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:33:26 PM

Nobody cooks it in the bird anymore -- gross, gross, gross.


It is not gross.

I always stuff my turkey. ALWAYS. Because I like it ultra moist and it gets all the flavor from the turkey as it cooks. The extra that I make goes into a baking dish, and when it's time to eat, I mix both the stuffings together and set it out - otherwise we'd eat only the bit that went in the bird.

Just make sure you stuff it right before you put the turkey in the oven so it doesn't have time to build up harmful bacteria.

I agree and just for the record, Stove Top is GROSS!!


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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:36:21 PM

ETA if you want to talk GROSS, I use the giblets that come with the turkey in my stuffing. I make a separate pan of stuffing with no giblets for the candy-asses among us (i.e., my kids).




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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:37:15 PM
I always stuff my turkey. I prefer stuffing to dressing.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:38:36 PM

I hide the "good stuff" that came out of the bird and only tell people who will truly appreciate it where to find it ... the rest of the heathens can eat it baked in a casserole dish.


that's hilarious! I don't like dressing or stuffing but my family loves it and hoarding the good stuff is something my DH does too.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 5:20:18 PM
I do both. I have to have the cavities stuffed but I cook the left over in a casserole dish. It just doesn't look right to me to have a bird that isn't stuffed.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 5:24:15 PM
I do both. Some people like it from in the bird. Others, including myself, like it made the other way. It is a little too squishy from in the bird for my liking. I make my in an electric frying pan, just like my mom used to.

I buy the bags of croutons. Saute some onions and celery in butter and chicken broth. Then add the croutons in with some poltury seasoning, sage and something else I think. I'd have to dig. Keep mixing and seasoning until it tastes right. I do usually make it up the night before so it is ready to go in the bird the next day. Add some more broth and whatnot to the stuff going in the pan and all are happy.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 5:27:18 PM
I've been making Thanksgiving dinner for 20+ years now and I always stuff the bird. I think my family would fire me if I didn't!

I take the neck and gizzards and boil them all day in a stock pot with onions, carrots & celery. I use this stock for my gravy along with drippings from the bird. Oh and I always brown my flour for the gravy....makes a HUGE difference!



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Posted: 11/18/2012 5:36:49 PM
I cook separate for the simple reason that it's 1 hr less cooking time unstuffed.

This lets me get all the pies cooked early in the morning so I don't have to refrigerate overnight, and I still have time to cook the turkey for a 1pm or 2pm lunch.

It seems logical that cooking the whole bird 1 hr longer risks drying it out, so I prefer just measuring the turkey thigh temp, and not coordinating with a stuffing temp.

Since the turkey should stand 20-30 min after cooking, that's perfect for cooking the stuffing separately if your oven is small.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 5:37:08 PM
I do some of both. I only stuff the turkey about halfway and then make a pan of stuffing on the side. The "bird stuffing" always gets eaten first. It is not "gross, gross, gross" but moist and tasty. If you prefer the other, you'll always have it at my house.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:11:33 PM
Seperate. I have never had anything but cornbread dressing. It is THE BEST thing about Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner


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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:12:46 PM
Thank you all so much for the tips and advice. I need to take some time later and read through all the replies thoroughly.

The crock pot idea is intriguing. I do prefer my stuffing (sorry but that's what I call it regardless of where it's cooked! ...must be a regional thing because I've never heard it called dressing) a bit drier so maybe cooking it seperate would be best.

And I think I'll skip making the bread and just by some Pepperidge Farm stuffing mix.

Thanks again!

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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:30:51 PM
separately. For one thing, it also help the turkey cook a little faster.

I'm going to prepare a lot of the side dishes on Wednesday (or that's the plan anyway) so I get more time to hang out on Thursday, watch the parade, whatever. I'm not so great at timing everything anyway so it's better this way. I'll just have to pop them in the microwave.



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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:31:17 PM
I don't think there is anything gross about cooking it in the bird. That's how my mom did it and most of my family still do it that way. My dh always cooks our turkey and he likes to stuff it with apples, oranges, celery, etc. while it's baking, so he prefers to do the stuffing separate.

We use just bread from the store, not a stuffing mix and not the dried cubes in the bag (although that's what my mom used).

I've also never heard of the differentiation between stuffing (in the bird) and dressing (cooked outside it). I guess it makes sense, but we just call it all stuffing.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:32:52 PM
We do both.

Some of us like the "ass stuffing" (as we refer to it), and some prefer the stuffing we cook separately.

We're weird like that.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:35:49 PM
Stuffing is in the bird. all the time....and it is yummy. I use Pepperidge Farm stuffing in the blue bag - add celery and out it in the bird. the extra goes into a casserole and gets heated up later with leftovers.

You do have to be careful that it all gets cooked enough

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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:37:27 PM
We use the same recipe and stuff the turkey, but bake a bit separately for my daughter who is a vegetarian.

My dad's recipe for turkey stuffing was given to him by Harold the Butcher <grin> in 1957. He "let me" have the recipe a few years ago. He has yet to give it to my younger sister since she never cooks. Heehee.

It is a very simple tasting stuffing, but I love it best and am afraid of most fancyschmancy stuffings. I was excited that the stuffing/dressing served at Plimouth Plantation last year was very very similar to "our" stuffing.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:39:50 PM
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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:40:22 PM
In a lot of stores you can buy a package of turkey wings or a single drumstick. We buy one of those, add the giblet package and boil them for a very flavorful turkey broth used to dampen the bread for the stuffing. Gives it the flavor and moisture of being cooked in the bird without actually being cooked in the bird.

IMO, cooking the stuffing in the bird results in a dryer turkey. I prefer to stuff my bird with a mix of fruits/vegs to steam the meat while it cooks.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:41:09 PM
In the bird. Always. Baking in a separate pan makes it too dry.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:41:28 PM
I guess I make dressing then instead of stuffing *lol*! More as a matter of personal preference I guess. I quarter up apples and oranges and stuff into the cavity while roasting my turkey.

If it was a choice between in-bird stuffing or stove top, I'd eat the stuffing, stove top is just nasty.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:43:14 PM

Separate. Always separate. Nobody cooks it in the bird anymore -- gross, gross, gross.



We're the opposite. We think dressing cooked separately is gross. I always stuff our bird. Sometimes I have leftover stuffing that won't fit in the bird, so I would cook it separately, but we always end up throwing it out because no one likes it that way.

I also didn't know there was different words for how it's cooked. We usually call it dressing, even if the bird is stuffed. If we're having stove-top (and NEVER make that on Thanksgiving) we call that stuffing and it's never cooked in a bird.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:51:38 PM

ETA if you want to talk GROSS, I use the giblets that come with the turkey in my stuffing. I make a separate pan of stuffing with no giblets for the candy-asses among us (i.e., my kids).



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Posted: 11/18/2012 7:23:10 PM
In the bird. That's the only way to go. I make the stuffing early Thursday morning. Stuff it in the bird. (The bird is amazing. Always sits there quietly while I do this I place the entire stuffed bird in one of the cooking bags. These bags are an energy saver. They cut off over one hour of cooking time. And yes, the bird's skin still gets brown. I'd say it's like asking someone- homemade soup or canned soup. The homemade is always better. Just be sure to remove all the stuffing after it is cooked. Otherwise it could be a germ fest.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 7:34:28 PM
In the bird! It's the best. But the fact of the matter is the dressing in the bird is not enough and we mix the dressing from the bird with the dressing not in the bird!
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Posted: 11/18/2012 7:36:56 PM
I make so much stuffing that I stuff the bird (and the neck too) and then put the extra in a covered dish and bake it for about an hour. Some people prefer the taste IN the bird and some prefer out of the bird. When you stuff it in the bird it's more moist (from the grease, etc...).

I do use Pepridge Farm stuffing mix (I don't like the cubed) and then I season it with thyme, salt, pepper, 1 chopped onion and *gasp* 1 stick of melted butter. Add about 1/2 cup to 1 cup warm water and mix by hand. It's easy. Ooh, I used to add the Jones Pork Sausage (the soft roll), but I used less and less every year, so some years I just skip it.


ETA: I'm sure you already know this, but you take everything out of the cavity and neck and run water in their to clean it all out, and then pat it dry with paper towels and put a little bit of salt in it before putting the stuffing in there. HTH.








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