Stuffing vs Dressing

Does your family serve stuffing at Thanksgiving? Or do you wait, mouth watering, for that annual casserole dish of baked cornbread dressing? The answer to this question depends largely on where you live, but no matter the location of your Thanksgiving dinner, the matter is the subject of much debate.

If you grew up in the South, you likely refer to it as dressing. Conversely, if you hail from north of the Mason-Dixon Line, you undoubtedly call it stuffing.

There are some technical differences: stuffing is generally made with bread crumbs, while dressing is usually made with cornbread, although this varies, as well. Stuffing is cooked inside (e.g. stuffed) the turkey, while dressing is baked in a separate dish. These technicalities notwithstanding, how it’s made has little to do with how we name it. It comes back to geography. Up north, it’s stuffing. Down south, it’s dressing. Simple as that.

Butterball (the turkey folks) have a handy map that shows the regional differences when it comes to the Thanksgiving side dish. You can see that map by clicking here.

No matter what you call it, or where you eat it, chances are you have a favorite recipe from your youth. Be it Gramma’s cornbread dressing or Grandma’s stuffing, Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without it.

With that in mind, here is Michelle’s recipe for cornbread dressing. She got the original recipe from a local restaurant that’s no longer in business. Over the years, she has made it her own. I think it’s fantastic.

Cornbread Dressing

1 large onion
4 stalks celery, finely chopped
12 cups cornbread crumbs
8 cups soda crackers
2 tbsp butter
8 cups broth
2 tbsp sage
1 tbsp poultry seasoning
2 tsp black pepper
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1/2 tsp salt

Saute onions and celery in butter until soft. Remove from heat. Mix all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Bake in greased 9×12 pan in 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. Serves 12-16.

Disclaimer:
Michelle never really follows a recipe. She tweaks everything, which is to say, you don’t need to follow exactly this recipe. As always, adjust to taste and consistency.

Whether you eat dressing or stuffing with your Thanksgiving turkey, we at Haute Flavor hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with friends and loved ones.

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