Gotta have stuffing! It's just not the same without it. But I usually have enough that I stuff the bird with what will fit and I bake the rest for about the last 30 minutes that the bird is cooking. Then I mix the two together in the serving bowl. Best of both!
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I prefer the stuffing myself and so does my family. a friend was telling me this year she and heard about and tried...putting cheese cloth in the turkey, then the dressing, so when it's done, just pull the cloth out and out comes all the stuffing. My youngest daughter is doing her first Thanksgiving at her new home this year, so I myself won't be trying this trick, not sure if she will want to or not. Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
Being from Wisconsin, I also had not heard of dressing until I moved to Tennessee. It's all corn bread dressing here or nothing. I can't even get my wife to try stuffing. Says she won't eat anything that comes out of that end of the bird. What is even worse is that she doesn't use the giblets when she cooks.
I prefer stuffing but will not get any this years since doing a turkey for one is a little bit of over kill. Dressing is not bad and will go well with my tv dinner of turkey and potatoes (Schwans takes care of little old ladies). The cup is half full even if it is not overflowing. :0)
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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it's time for the annual debate about stuffing -- in or out of the turkey?
My opinion? It's called "stuffing" for a reason. There's just no match for the taste and texture of stuffing cooked in the turkey. I hear the food safety warnings, but I've cooked almost forty Thanksgiving dinners with no problems. I'm considering putting some metal skewers into the stuffing from the outside to cook to a higher temperature (the old "baked potato" trick).
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