This is a great base recipe for dressing that can be fancied up to add unique flavor to your next turkey or ham.
1 hour, 30 minutes
1 hour, 30 minutes
Courtesy of Jan the Goddess' Mom
- 3 loaves of bread (day old white is fine)
- 1 stick of butter
- 4 cups of diced celery
- 2 cups of diced onion
- 3 cloves of minced garlic
- 4 cups of chicken broth, low sodium (you may not use all of it)
- 2 eggs
- turkey giblets, heart, liver, diced (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- The night before Thanksgiving, get the kids (or your friends) together and "break bread" literally. You need to break up the bread into 1" cubes.
- Place it on cooking sheets so it can dry out completely over night.
- When I make this recipe for more than 8, I double it. I use the entire dining table covered with a clean sheet to dry the bread out.
- Saute the celery and onions in 1 stick of butter with a sprinkle of salt and pepper until starting to turn translucent.
- Add the garlic and continue cooking until all are tender.
- Add 1 Tbsp of spice blend and stir. Let cool completely.
- In a very large pan or bowl place 1/3 of bread chunks.
- Add 2 cups of chicken stock and 1 Tbsp of spice blend.
- Add cooled veggies. Stir to combine.
- Add another 1/3 of bread chunks, 1 Tbsp of spice blend and stock only add needed to moisten the bread. Stir to combine.
- Add remaining bread chunks. Stir to combine. Check to see if the mixture needs more stock. Add in 1/2 cup increments.
- Taste. Add more spices, salt and pepper as needed.
- AFTER the final tasting, whisk 2 eggs, stir into mixture. It's important to season it as you want it before this step.
- Place into a buttered pan, dot with a half dozen butter pieces and cover with foil.
- Bake at 350 for 1 hour.
- Uncover and bake for 15 minutes more to crust up the top a tiny bit.
- This dressing is super moist. There are ingredients over the years that get added to this to mix it up from one year to the next. Items I like, Italian pork sausage, apples, walnuts or pecans, and mushrooms. Not all these get featured together, but they are nice additions to the basic recipe.