Dressing or Stuffing?

22 Nov

There’s no difference between stuffing and dressing, according the The Food Lover’s Companion.  Both are mixtures “used to stuff poultry, fish, meat and some vegetables.”

The Joy of Cooking differentiates between the two by saying it’s stuffing if you put it in the bird, and dressing if you serve it on the side, but the National Turkey Federation says that “both terms are used interchangeably.”

I read somewhere that the term dressing became popular because the term stuffing didn’t sound mannerly.

Who cares?

I LOVE it!  I love it so much that I have been dieting all week so I can eat as much as I want.

I love it so much that I am serving three different dressings/stuffings on Thanksgiving.

I will stuff my bird, but the majority of our dressing will be made the day before and cooked in a separate dish.

Since we are hosting 300 people…I mean 25 people, my mother-in-law is making several things and bringing them to help out.  I am so grateful!

One of the things she is bringing is Oyster stuffing.  Hmmm.  I have had this once at my sister-in-laws house and just don’t get it.

I think it’s the fishy thing with the turkey thing that just doesn’t jive with me.

That was a few years ago, so I am going to give it another college try this Thanksgiving and see if my taste buds have matured.

In light of the oyster stuffing selection, I will be making a cornbread stuffing with sausage, apples, and (Lord willing) roasted chestnuts.

I am getting hungry just thinking about it.  I will be altering several recipes to create my own pan of deliciousness!

Here are the recipes I am pulling from:

Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and Apples by Pioneer Woman

Buttermilk Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage by Country Living

I am also going to try a southern-style dressing that I think my kids will enjoy.  Really, I’m just trying to keep them out of my stuffing.  I found a good one by Paula Dean, but I’m going to try one from Shoshanna at the Bulk Herb Store.  I love her.  If you watch her video, spend some time checking-out some of her other videos.  She is awesome.

The southern dressings are more like a pudding with a bunch of eggs.  I love my dressing all chunky with lots of bits of yummy things.  So I thought the contrast would be good.

No matter what you call it, enjoy it.

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