Make the Perfect Stuffing this Thanksgiving!

Every family has their favorite Thanksgiving stuffing recipes. Most begin with a basic stuffing recipe and expand to include extra ingredients such as nuts, raisins, apples and even meats like sausage or seafood. Learn how to stuff a turkey or create a mouth-watering stuffing side dish using the following recipe.

Ingredients (makes 10 cups)

  • 18 cups cubed bread (white or whole wheat)
  • 2 sticks hot butter or margarine
  • 2 cups diced celery
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten

Turkey stuffing directions

Using a 5- to 8-quart Dutch oven, cook the butter, celery and onion over medium heat until tender. Remove the pan from the heat, add the cubed bread, parsley, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper and eggs to the mixture, and combine evenly. An important turkey stuffing tip: Don’t mix wet and dry ingredients until just before you’re ready to spoon your warm stuffing mixture into your turkey.

How to stuff a turkey

Remove the giblets and neck from inside the cavity, wash the carcass and pat it dry inside and out. Then:

  • Lightly spoon your turkey stuffing into the cavities at both ends, without packing it too tightly to allow for expansion.
  • Fold the neck skin over the opening and secure with metal skewers.
  • Fold any extra skin lightly over the breast side opening, and use skewers if your turkey doesn’t have leg clamps already in place. (It isn’t necessary to truss the legs and wings with kitchen string.)
  • Place your turkey breast-side up on the rack inside your roasting pan. Brush the outside with butter or vegetable oil and place in the oven. Turkey stuffing is safe to eat when heated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Any leftover turkey stuffing can be placed into a greased baking dish and cooked separately.
 

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