There’s an ongoing debate in my family over stuffing, or dressing if you like. It goes like this: Grandma filled her holiday Turkey with traditional giblet stuffing, cooking the resulting glutinous goo inside the cavity of the roasting bird. That’s the way it’s done. I’ve opted in recent years for a lighter, hybrid recipe that I’ve adapted using cornbread and toasted regular bread cooked aside the bird. I find it better tasting and less fat-laden. And I can change it up depending on my mood and menu each Thanksgiving.
The upshot: there are many, many ways to dress your Turkey with stuffing and sides. You can go with dishes that honor your family’s traditions, fix regional favorites or go with something completely nouveau. The sky’s the limit this season for experienced cooks as well as adventurous newcomers to the table making their very first Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner.
With Thanksgiving 10 days away, we’ve sifted through the plentiful suggestions on how to best Dress your Turkey to help you nail down your menu this year.
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The Best advice of all: Have fun planning your menu, envisioning success and a fantastic Thanksgiving Celebration.
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