The 2020 Holidays Recipe Collection
How you doin’? We have many regional customs during the holiday season. Many people ask, where did turkey stuffing or dressing originate? Southerners often use a cornbread stuffing that originated from a dish called kush, cooked by slaves brought from North and West Africa. In the Northwest, holiday stuffing can include Native American wild rice and in New England it may be made from stale bread.
Stuffing serves the dual purpose of helping to keep the meat moist while also adding to the mix of flavors of both the stuffing and the turkey. Poultry stuffing often consists of dried breadcrumbs, onion, celery, salt, pepper and other spices and herbs, a common herb being sage.
As far as stuffing/dressing becoming a regular staple of the Thanksgiving Day meal, there are written records as far back as 1836. More recently, some have recommended, for food safety reasons, that the stuffing (or dressing) be cooked in a pot, not inside the turkey. Or to cook some inside the turkey to flavor the bird, and in a separate dish or pot, cook the dressing you wish to serve.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Bake time: 1 hour
Yield: Enough for 1 Large Turkey / 8 to 10 servings
1 bag turkey giblets and neck (found inside the bird)
1 cup diced celery
1-pound lean ground beef
1 cup chopped white onion
1 4-ounce can water chestnuts, drained and diced
1 box stuffing mix (regular or corn bread)
2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped sage
water from giblets to moisten
ChefSecret: Always make sure that when you purchase your holiday turkey that the giblets, neck and liver are in the bird’s cavity.
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