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A Little Bit of Home Feels Good for the Holidays

Delicious and Easy Turkey Dressing Recipe.

By Colleen Walsh Fong

The sense of smell carries the ability to transport us back in time. Comfort and happiness can be triggered by scents. On the Thanksgivings when I serve as chef, I find my mind and spirit back in my Mom’s kitchen, watching her make giblet gravy before placing the big bird in front of my Grandma, who ran the annual carving station. Nothing can transport me back to those days of yore faster than the aroma of my Mom’s turkey dressing. It tastes good too, earning 5-star ratings from even the pickiest of family eaters. It’s not a healthy recipe, but on special days it can pay to throw a little caution to the winds. We can always use a little help from Mom with dressing.

Purists can toast their own bread, but those in more of a hurry should feel free to use store-bought bags of stuffing cubes. When using fresh bread, select types with flavors that appeal to you. I like cibatta for it’s density and flavor, and challah for it’s rich and creamy taste. I like to mix both breads in one batch of stuffing. I do not recommend stuffing a bird with this dressing, since it contains raw egg, and will cook  unevenly in the cavities. The chicken stock will give it sufficient flavor; and if you make turkey gravy, diners may douse their dressing with a healthy dose.  

Good As Grandma’s Dressing

   

Ingredients

1 lb. of rich Bread, crusts left on, cut into ½” cubes (or store-bought cubed dressing)

1 large, Sweet Onion, chopped

3 C Water

3 T fresh Sage, minced

2 t ground Thyme

2 t Sweet Paprika

Salt and Pepper to taste

1.5 sticks (3/4 C) Butter, melted

1 well-beaten Egg

1 to 1.5 C Chicken Stock

 

 

Equipment

Cookie Sheet

Chef’s Knife

Cutting Board

Large Mixing Bowl

3-quart Saucepan

Fine Mesh Strainer

Large Spoon

Small Whisk

3-quart Covered Casserole

 

 

Preparation

Heat oven to 425°.

Place bread on cookie sheet and toast, turning regularly until all sides are lightly browned and crunchy, about 10 minutes.

Remove bread cubes to mixing bowl.

Reduce heat to 350°.

Bring water to boil in saucepan.

Add onions and reduce heat to simmer.

Cook onions for 5 minutes to soften and remove sting.

Strain and place in bowl with bread.

Blend in sage, thyme, paprika, salt and pepper. Evenly coat cubes with the spices.

Pour melted butter over cubes and coat them all.

Stir in chicken broth until mixture is softened, but not soggy.

Pour beaten egg into mixture, and blend in evenly.

Place mixture in covered casserole leaving it loose—do not pack it down—and bake for 1 hour.

Remove from oven and serve.

Your kitchen will smell wonderful, and your tummy will give thanks. Let me know how you like the dressing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 


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Deb Wilson Harris November 22, 2011 at 11:27 AM
My mother always made the dressing for our family gatherings and now the pan has been passed to me - I'll be using your recipe this year - Thanks!
Colleen Walsh Fong November 25, 2011 at 03:37 PM
Thanks Deb! I hope it worked out.
Blue Streak December 15, 2011 at 03:48 AM
Colleen I really enjoy your recipes.

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