November 22, 2010

Dressing vs Stuffing

What do you call it? There are lots of websites that discuss this, for instance, Serious Eats. Entertaining to say the least.

Our family calls it dressing. Mom's Sausage Dressing to be exact. Ambrosia. I have made the dressing for my family for the last several years without Mom to taste it. She will be here for Thanksgiving this year (yay!) but I am still going to make the dressing. Why? Because I can finally have her fine-tune my attempt. I want to KNOW how to make this dish.

The basics are easy peasy with a simple ratio of 1:1:1:1

Jimmy Dean Sage Sausage
large chopped onion
chopped celery bunch, including top
loaf of cheap bread, cubed
Cook sausage, add onion and celery, season with sage (lots!) and pepper and cook till done. Add to bread cubes in big bowl. Mix. Add chicken broth until all is moistened and combined really well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bake in oven at 350 for 45 minutes or surround turkey with dressing and bake. We then love to crisp it up in a pan, folding the crispy bits into the dressing over and over. And we add turkey juice and chunks of turkey or the giblets (not the liver!) to the crispy dressing. And the next day...forget about it!...even better. That is why I make a triple batch!

Enjoy your family this week...and your food!


  1. I'm from Canada and my family called it dressing. My husband's mom was English and she called it stuffing. Hmmm.

  2. I had Mom read this and she commented she is not so neat and tidy with hers. And I quote "Cubed? I just tear the bread with my fingers." This post made me hungry! Can't wait til Thursday.

  3. Seeeee....this is why we put these things out there. I will now and forever tear the bread with my fingers! And, I can only imagine a few of her other 'techniques'...that is what makes it so good when she makes it!
    I can't wait until Thursday either...I hope the baby likes dressing!

  4. So how did the stuffing turn out? Any more tweeks to the recipe. I am still trying to find a good substitute for Jimmy Deans sausage before I can make it. And then, to my pure joy, I get to eat it all myself, since my family does not appreciate our American traditional food item. Now if only I could find a turkey to go along with it, that I didn't have to grow and butcher myself!! Miss you all. xoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxxooxxoxoxo