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Thanksgiving What a wonderful holiday! From turkey and dressing to getting the whole family together and enjoying the day. What do you do on Thanksgiving? Tell us about it!

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Old 09-29-2003, 06:53 PM
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Your Best Stuffing/Dressing Recipes

This year it'll be my sister and I and are children for Thanksgiving and I know how to make a delicious Cornbread dressing that is like my mom's...but my sister doesn't like cornbread dressing. She wants me to make a good Bread Dressing/stuffing.

Does anyone have one you'd like to share? I'd like to try it out before Thanksgiving. I'd appreciate any recipes, thank you.
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Old 09-30-2003, 06:26 AM
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leasmom, i would love to have your cornbread dressing recipe. That's my fav too.
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Old 09-30-2003, 07:29 AM
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I'd have to give it the way my mom does it

which isn't using measurements...I guess she's done it too long.

It starts with her basic cornbread which is alot different than regular cornbread:

She takes 2 boxes of Jiffy and mixes in about 2 dollops of sourcream,and adds about a half cup of regular cornmeal, mixes and bakes. When it's cool, she then crumbles it up.

She shreds carrots, chops onions, mushrooms, green peppers, celery and sautee it in butter or margerine until tender-(do not drain).

She takes a plain-(no seasoning) bag of stuffing mix and mixes it with the cornbread.

In another saucepan, she boils the necks, gizzards etc. from the turkey with onions, butter, Sage and Poultry Seasoning. When it's tender, she removes the meat and shreds it up to put into her dressing-(I skip this part and just use the broth). The broth will be used for the dressing.

In a large bowl she combines the sauteed veggies with the bread crumbles/cornbread. She takes a large can of Cream of Mushroom soup and mixes it in, adds the turkey broth, and mixes in about 3 eggs. She combines this mixture-(WHICH WILL SMELL HEAVENLY)-and adjusts the seasonings...Black Pepper, Salt, Poultry Seasoning, and Sage.

Once the mixture is completely mixed and properly seasoning, it is stuffed into the turkey or placed into a pan and baked at 350' degrees until browned.
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Old 10-12-2003, 02:00 PM
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My grandmother's stuffing recipe

It's not Thanksgiving if I don't have this!!

45 slices white bread, crusts removed
2 medium onions, chopped fine
1 pound sausage meat
2 tablespoons Bell's poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt

Let the bread stand out for a few hours to get dried out. Turn over so both sides dry out, or dry on baking racks.
Break dried bread into small pieces (smaller than 1 inch cubes).
Add enough warm water to moisten bread.

Saute onions in butter until clear and soft.

Mix onions and bread.

Add sausage meat, seasoning and salt. Mix well. STUFF INTO A BIG TURKEY!!!

Makes enough stuffing for a 20-lb. turkey (or bigger).
The number of slices of bread is approximate. 2 "sandwich" loaves works fine.
I don't remove the crust, and I tear the pieces a little bigger than my grandmother recommended. (Actually I let the kids tear it ) so I use a little less than 2 sandwich loaves. I also buy whatever "loose" sausage meat is cheap....I think we liked "Butcher's Wagon" brand but any kind will do. No exotic flavors needed, just regular sausage meat that comes in the "roll" pack.
The sausage is not cooked before stuffing into the turkey so please use your meat thermometer to test the stuffing!!!! We don't want any poisonings on the holidays!


My grandmother wrote this recipe down for me the first year I was away at school over Thanksgiving holiday. My roommates and I cooked a turkey dinner. Each of us chose part of the meal. I got up at 5 AM to do the turkey. This was when I was young and energetic and didn't mind getting up that early!!! Once the turkey was in the oven I got down to the business of studying in a nice quiet apartment for a few hours before the roommates woke up. I still have the recipe in my grandmother's handwriting, and since I don't still have my grandmother, this recipe is a treasure to me.
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Old 10-12-2003, 02:02 PM
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Oooh...that sounds good!

I think all of these recipes sound so good! I love stuffing/dressing all year long...
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The dressing we make on Thanksgiving is my Grandmother's recipe also. Just wouldn't be the same without that yummy dressing! I am like Leasmom--we don't have exact measurements either. It is all done to "taste", but the basic recipe is:

Cornbread Dressing

5-6 pkg's of cornbread mix
loaf of bread
2-3 raw eggs
1-2 bunches of celery
2-3 large onions
1 # Sage sausage
Chicken broth (or broth from turkey)
Rubbed sage
Poultry seasoning
Salt
Pepper

Day before:

Bake 5 or 6 pans of cornbread
(I use an 8" round cake pan)
Lightly toast 12-15 pieces of bread
(I cook the bread in the oven on 450º, and flip once during cooking)

Break up cornbread and bread into small pieces. Place in large pan and cover with a tea towel overnight.

Cooking Day:

Chop up 2-3 large onions
Chop up 1 or 2 bunches of celery
Add 2-3 raw eggs
Brown Sage flavored sausage, and drain all grease

Add all to bread mixture, and mix with Chicken broth. Season with seasonings to "taste". Bake in 350º oven for about an hour, or til done. Makes quite a bunch. I usually cook it in a disposable foil roaster pan, or the lid from my turkey roaster. It's a tradition in our family!!
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Old 11-17-2003, 01:40 PM
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I don't like my mil's dressing (its too mushy) so since I'm cooking this year I'm going to try one of your recipes!
I love cornbread any time so maybe one using that.

Debbie, what's a tea towel?
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Old 11-17-2003, 03:17 PM
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AJsmom~~a tea towel is just what my grandmother calls her kitchen towels. If you like cornbread dressing, you can't go wrong with her recipe!! My mom added oysters one year (instead of the sage sausage) but I don't like oysters, so I use the sage sausage!
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Errr, excuse me~~I meant LJsmom!!! ;-)
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Thanks Debbie,
Was hoping that towel wasn't something special I'd have to go buy!
What does the towel do, hold in the moisture? Wouldn't wax paper work ok too? Maybe its just something your gma always did and we shouldn't question the wisdom...
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