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Posted: 11/25/2013 5:51:25 PM
Do you make your stuffing inside the turkey or out. I've always made it inside.

Edited to ask another question
What kind of stuffing do you make? I make a cornbread stuffing with bacon.


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Posted: 11/25/2013 5:55:29 PM
I bake mine in a separate pan. It's made with seasoned stuffing, turkey italian sausage, onions, celery, and granny smith apples. It is delicious, I must say. It's probably my favorite Thanksgiving side dish.


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Posted: 11/25/2013 5:57:14 PM
Outside, because it is easier.

I make it in the crockpot because it doesn't take up room in the oven that way.

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Posted: 11/25/2013 5:58:31 PM
I stuff the bird with a bread stuffing and make a sausage and apple dressing in a casserole dish


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Posted: 11/25/2013 5:59:51 PM

Outside, my mom actually called it dressing.

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I think that dressing is a regional/southern thing? Inside or out, my family always called it dressing.


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Posted: 11/25/2013 6:01:28 PM
Out because otherwise the turkey takes way longer to cook.


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Posted: 11/25/2013 6:03:15 PM
I'm trying it in because that's the way my mom makes it. I don't know the ingredients, guess I should call her. We always call it stuffing, inside or out.


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Posted: 11/25/2013 6:03:29 PM
Inside just like my mom. If there is too much for the bird we cook the extra outside.

Ours is seasoned bread cubes, onions, celery, the giblets from the bird and seasonings.



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Posted: 11/25/2013 6:04:07 PM
Out. Always out.

We have been making the Barefoot Contessa's Sausage and Herb stuffing for the last few years and it is divine!!


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Posted: 11/25/2013 6:04:32 PM
I've gotten lazy, so for the past 2 years I haven't stuffed my turkeys. But I really do prefer dressing that is mixed the stuffing that I pull from the bird. It has chunks of meat and such is super-yummy and moist.


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Posted: 11/25/2013 6:06:20 PM
Stuffing is always in, dressing is always out. My mom makes both.

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Posted: 11/25/2013 6:31:41 PM
We have cornbread dressing baked in a pan.

It's my favorite part of the meal. In fact, I could totally skip turkey and only eat side dishes!


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Posted: 11/25/2013 6:35:35 PM
Out. The bread pulls moisture from the turkey while it cooks. You' end up with a drier turkey by cooking in the bird.

If you like a rich moist dressing add more stock to it before cooking it.

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Posted: 11/25/2013 7:01:13 PM
Out. The turkey doesn't hold enough anyway, and just slows the roasting of the turkey. I make it the day before to let the favors meld overnight, then I just reheat it in the crockpot on Thanksgiving.

I make my moms old recipe which doesn't really have a name (nor measurements). It includes chicken liver and buckets of butter. SO NOT HEALTHY, but soooooo delicious!


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Posted: 11/25/2013 7:19:41 PM
In. It's just better.

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Posted: 11/25/2013 7:30:10 PM
I don't think dressing is a southern thing, a lot of people around here call it dressing too. In fact I grew up calling it dressing. Don't know when or how I came to call it stuffing.
I've made mine outside of the turkey once and it just wasn't as good so I only make it inside.
I put butter between the breast and the skin of the turkey and don't have problems with the stuffing drying it out.


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Posted: 11/25/2013 7:31:14 PM

We put some stuffing in the turkey and leave some of it out for the dressing.


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Posted: 11/25/2013 7:34:45 PM
Out! The crispy stuffing is the best part of the entire meal.

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Posted: 11/25/2013 7:37:58 PM
Chestnut stuffing, outside. Yum.

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Posted: 11/25/2013 7:40:22 PM

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Posted: 11/25/2013 7:43:19 PM
In Texas we make dressing,and it is cooked in a pan,like a 13x9. This dressing is typically made with crumbled cornbread,cumbled biscuits,beaten eggs,broth,onions,salt,pepper,maybe some sage,and last but most important,poultry seasoning. Every family has their own version,but we love ours,and it is even better leftover.

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Posted: 11/25/2013 7:44:48 PM
In, and because that's not enough so we do another in a pan out!

Mine is my grandmothers recipe made with corn bread, mrs cubisons corn bread bread crumbs, sausage, ground beef, onions, bell pepper & celery! It's a meal in itself!

It's everyone's favorite and now my sister in laws have asked for my recipe and are making it instead of my MIL's!!

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Posted: 11/25/2013 7:54:06 PM
Out. I love the crispy edges. My Mom makes it and she starts with two boxes of Stove Top {gasp!}, then adds her secrets - eggs, celery, onion, mushrooms and ???. Love it.


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Posted: 11/25/2013 7:55:53 PM
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Posted: 11/25/2013 7:57:11 PM
Stuffing is IN the bird, dressing is not.

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Posted: 11/25/2013 8:00:10 PM
In, definitely! Make a lot, and what doesn't fit in the bird, put in a separate dish and drizzle some of the juice from the turkey over it and warm up in the oven before serving.
I love stuffing!
We make an old-fashioned recipe. White and whole wheat bread, [saved up leading up to the holiday and frozen until needed] with butter and celery and onions and sage.

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Posted: 11/25/2013 8:03:34 PM
Inside the bird, but we have such stuffing lovers that we make an extra pan, and add some chicken broth to the outside-the-bird stuffing. The inside-the- bird comes by its broth in the process of cooking inside the bird.

We make a sourdough bread based stuffing. Living in the SF Bay Area, sourdough is the way to go.

Oh, and no meat in the stuffing. No sausage, gizzards, oysters, etc. Only juices from the bird.



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Posted: 11/25/2013 8:03:37 PM
Out and call it dressing--mainly cornbread, bread cubes, eggs, celery, green onions, broth--no sage or poultry seasoning.


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Posted: 11/25/2013 8:12:53 PM
Cranberry sausage apple stuffing out!


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Posted: 11/25/2013 8:23:13 PM
Stuffing is what you call it if it is in the bird, hence the "stuff". Everything else is dressing.

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Posted: 11/25/2013 8:27:53 PM

Stuffing is IN the bird, dressing is not.

Stuffing is what you call it if it is in the bird, hence the "stuff". Everything else is dressing.

That may be in your world but around here people call it either whether it's been made in or out of the bird


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Posted: 11/25/2013 8:32:59 PM
DH prefers it inside. DS and I both like stuffing balls cooked in the pan right next to the turkey. So I do both.

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Posted: 11/25/2013 8:33:01 PM
Stove Top stuffing outside of the turkey

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Posted: 11/25/2013 8:37:14 PM
Both. 1/2 inside and 1/2 outside.


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Posted: 11/25/2013 8:38:10 PM
Outside, I like crunchy stuffing, not soggy.

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Posted: 11/25/2013 8:48:26 PM
out! Cornbread dressing with pecans.



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Posted: 11/25/2013 9:02:35 PM

Stuffing is IN the bird, dressing is not.

Stuffing is what you call it if it is in the bird, hence the "stuff". Everything else is dressing.

That may be in your world but around here people call it either whether it's been made in or out of the bird

Yeah, that's not really true anyway (although it makes sense so I can see why some would use the terms that way). Stuff was what it was originally called and then years later the term was changed to dressing, but they always referred to the same thing. Now it's more of a regional thing.

We use both terms, but usually call it stuffing. And we cook it outside the bird. My dh stuffs the bird with aromatics (herbs, onions, oranges, etc.). The FDA actually cautions against cooking stuffing inside the bird (although that wouldn't stop me because I'm one of those people who always say "yeah, it's okay" when someone posts a "Would you eat it?" thread).


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Posted: 11/25/2013 9:09:19 PM
Out, mostly because we usually just fix a Turkey breast as there is not as many anymore.
Cornbread of course, onions, celery, poultry seasoning, sage, broth, cranberries, apple, and watercress for a little crunch. Yum


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Posted: 11/25/2013 9:18:33 PM
Dressing - what fits in and quite a bit in a separate pan. When my son was little, he called it *dress up* so when he is around (lives near Boston now) that is what we call it.

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Posted: 11/25/2013 9:37:23 PM
We make our stuffing in the bird it's way better that way. There is usually a pan of extra stuffing but no one touches that until the stuffing from inside the turkey is gone.

I never make the stuffing so I don't know all the ingredients. We use hamburger buns and white bread, onion, celery, broth, and I don't know what else. I know hamburger buns seems weird but we discovered by accident back when stores weren't open on holidays and we didn't have enough bread that buns make a moister stuffing which we prefer.

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Posted: 11/25/2013 10:53:16 PM
I usually call it stuffing, sometimes dressing. Dressing, to me, is made with cornbread and cooked in a pan. I like dressing but I prefer my mom's stuffing recipe. I cook mine in the bird and what's left goes in a casserole dish with chicken broth. We prefer the part that's cooked in the bird, but when that's gone we eat the rest. Stuffing is my favorite part of the meal. I make mine exactly like my mom did using white bread. She is from PA and calls it filling, which always cracks me up for some reason.

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Posted: 11/25/2013 11:12:43 PM
Outside the bird. I used to stuff the bird with it but you have to cook the bird too long to make sure the stuffing gets up to a safe temperature.

I grew up calling it stuffing and it doesn't matter if it is inside the bird or not. My DH calls it dressing and he is from the south. He grew up with a runnier corn bread dressing (blech). I prefer a herb stuffing using both french bread and sourdough bread. No meat in my stuffing.

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Posted: 11/25/2013 11:40:05 PM

I do mine in the bird. I use Stove Top and doctor it up a bit. I add craisins, sage, and onion. I love stuffing!

This thread reminds me that I should probably buy some more boxes of Stove Top. I had to bet a bigger bird this year because they didn't have any that were smaller than 20 pounds. I only have 2 boxes. I think I need more.



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Posted: 11/26/2013 12:01:22 AM
Inside the bird….

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I also buy extra frozen stuffing as we love our side dishes.

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Posted: 11/26/2013 4:13:25 AM
Out. We like it extra crispy. We use pepperidge farm in the bag

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Posted: 11/26/2013 4:50:04 AM
Definitely inside! The juices from the turkey make is so moist and add to the flavour.

I do cook additional stuffing that won't fit inside the bird in a foil package in the roasting pan. But I think it tastes so much better cooked inside the body and neck cavities of the bird.

I make mine with regular bread, pork sausage, celery, onions, pecans and seasonings.

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Posted: 11/26/2013 6:39:44 AM
We call it stuffing, but it's not. We cook it on the side.

We use Peppridge farm stuffing and doctor it up just a bit.
I use butter and sauté onions and celery.
add chicken broth with a little brined bird drippings (If you use all drippings it's too salty)



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