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Whether you call it
"stuffing" or "dressing," what's not to love about turkey stuffing? Everyone
knows that stuffing is the best part of a turkey dinner! Turkey stuffing is one of
my favorite dishes for Thanksgiving dinner. Don't be afraid of
making turkey stuffing or dressing (whatever your region of the county
calls it). It is so easy to prepare. Also be creative - add your
family's favorite ingredients. The following recipe is how I basically
make my turkey stuffing.
Don't forget to check out my
Thanksgiving Turkey dinner menu which includes Linda's Turkey Stuffing.
Turkey Stuffing Recipe -Turkey Dressing Recipe - How To Make Turkey Stuffing:
Oven Roasted Turkey,
Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner
Yields: enough to stuff a 20-pound turkey
Prep time: 30 min
The below recipe is a only a guideline for making your turkey stuffing. Depending on your family's taste,
add or delete ingredients (onions, celery, mushrooms, and or nuts) to make to your liking. Be creative!
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 cups chopped celery
1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 loaf day-old bread, toasted and cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 10-12 cups)
Stock from the turkey giblets and/or chicken broth (approximately 1 to 2 cups)
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Salt and freshly-ground
pepper to taste
sage to taste
thyme to taste
To make turkey giblet stock, place the turkey giblets (giblets and neck), water, and salt in a small saucepan over low heat; bring to a
simmer and simmer for about 1 hour, uncovered. Remove from heat and strain the stock into a container for use with the stuffing.
Alternatively, you can use chicken stock or just plain water with this recipe.
Mix in bread cubes and egg with enough chicken broth to moisten. Add nuts, salt, pepper, sage, and thyme;
stir until well blended. The stuffing should be moist, not dry, because heat destroys bacteria more rapidly in a moist environment.
In a large pot (large enough to hold all the prepared stuffing) over medium-high heat, melt butter or margarine.
Add onion, celery and mushrooms; sauté until soft.
Proceed to stuff turkey in your usual way. NOTE: Do not cool the stuffing. Spoon it directly
into the turkey cavity right after preparation. Stuff the turkey loosely — about 3/4 cup of stuffing per pound.
Advice on Stuffing a Turkey Safely.
Immediately place the stuffed, raw turkey in an oven set no lower than 325 degrees F. To cook your stuffed turkey, check out
Guidelines For Roasting a Whole Turkey.
The USDA has come up with a one-temperature-suits-all for poultry safety: 165 degrees F. For safety and doneness, the internal temperature should be checked with a
is the type of cooking and meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking. I get many readers
asking what cooking/meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking and baking. I, personally, use the
Thermapen Thermometer shown in the photo on the right. Originally designed for professional users, the
Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer is used by chefs all over the world. To learn more about this excellent
thermometer and to also purchase one (if you desire), just click on the underlined:
Makes enough to stuff a 20-pound turkey
Grandma's Oyster Dressing
This oyster dressing must be served as a side dish and not as a turkey stuffing in the turkey.
If you plan to prepare
stuffing using raw meat, poultry, or shellfish, you should cook the
ingredients before stuffing the turkey to reduce the risk of food borne
illness from bacteria that may be found in raw ingredients.
The wet ingredients for stuffing can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated.
However, do not mix wet and dry ingredients until just before spooning
the stuffing mixture into the turkey cavity.
Helpful hints and tips on preparing your holiday turkey dinner:
Different Types of Cooking Styles:
Outdoor barbecuing or grilling is a very easy and efficient way to cook your Thanksgiving turkey. No mess in your oven or the kitchen.
Your turkey will be crisp outside and juicy inside.
Cajun Fried Turkey
This way of cooking your turkey is anything but greasy as the deep-frying process seals the outside and the turkey remains incredibly juicy, while the skin gets wonderfully crispy.
Oven Roasted Turkey
It is hard to beat the classic roast turkey with the wonderful aromas that waft from the oven kicking off the anticipation for the holiday meal. Roasting a
large turkey is one of easiest ways to accommodate a large crowd of family and friends.
Smoking a turkey is no different from barbecuing in your back yard. You follow all these rules without even noticing them in most cases so go ahead, give it a try,
you will not be dissatisfied when you try a smoked turkey.
What the heck is that? Well it is a de-boned turkey (except for wing bones and drumsticks), a fully hand de-boned duck, and a fully hand
de-boned chicken, all rolled into one.
Tofurky/Tofurkey Recipe with Vegan Gravy
I am not a vegetarian or a vegan, but I have several family members who are. For them and my many readers who are also vegetarians
or vegans, I created this page on how to cook Tofurky.
Turkey Dinner Information:
How to purchase, stuff, and roast a turkey - Choosing a fresh or frozen turkey - How to thaw a frozen turkey - How to prepare turkey for stuffing.
Perfect Turkey Gravy
Homemade gravy, made using the turkey giblet stock, pan drippings, and meat juices from the roast turkey, is an essential part of
a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
Guidelines for Brining Poultry
This is the secret that chefs never tell you about. It's very easy and economical, and requires no special cookware. Brining is like a marinade,
as it keeps food moist and tender.
Let's Make Turkey Stock
Don't throw out those leftover turkey bones! My favorite thing to do the morning after Thanksgiving is to make homemade turkey stock from the turkey carcass.
It is so easy to do and so delicious!
Linda's Favorite Turkey Stuffing
Whether you call it "stuffing" or "dressing," what's not to love about turkey stuffing? Everyone
knows that stuffing is the best part of a turkey dinner!
Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Save your valuable kitchen time on Thanksgiving day by using this easy-to-make mashed potato dish for your next Thanksgiving dinner. This is the recipe
I use every year for Thanksgiving Dinner.
Using a Cooking or Meat Thermometer
Have you ever cut into a turkey to see if it has finished cooking? You DEFINITELY need to use a cooking thermometer! A cooking
thermometer or meat thermometer should not be a "sometime thing." Use it every time you prepare foods like poultry, roasts, hams, casseroles, meat loaves and
Advice on Handling Leftovers Safely
Leftover" foods are cooked foods that you or your family do not eat within 2 hours after they are cooked. The chance of food poisoning increases the longer you store
a food after it is cooked. Improper handling or storing cooked food is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the home.