I have learned over the years that one thing people are very proprietary about is their recipe for Thanksgiving dressing. Mom had a dressing recipe she always used, and it’s the one all of her children use. I don’t even give it a second thought. I have always presumed everyone likes it as much as I do. After all, it was my MOM’S!
A year or two after we were married, Bill (who NEVER cooks), asked me if he could make his mother’s dressing for Thanksgiving dinner. I acquiesced reluctantly. As I recall, the dressing was good, but it wasn’t my mom’s dressing. He undoubtedly reluctantly puts up with my mother’s recipe year after year as he has never made that dressing recipe again. Perhaps he just got tuckered out cooking when he could have been watching football.
In a recent blog post about hand-written recipe cards, my cousin Kate shared her grandmother Clare’s recipe for dressing (October 16, 2014). It was not terribly unlike my mother’s – not surprisingly since Clare was my mother’s sister. Clare used Cream of Chicken soup; my mom’s recipe calls for Golden Mushroom soup.
I am going to post my mom’s recipe, and I am going to request that you all respond via the comments section with your favorite dressing recipe. It might be an old family recipe or it might be something new you have discovered more recently and liked. You can share the recipe or simply tell me about the ingredients and what you liked about it. I come from a long line of really good cooks, so I hope you won’t disappoint me – or my readers.
Mom’s recipe stops there because I presume at that point she stuffed the bird. I do not stuff the bird, but put the mixture in the oven and bake at 375 for about an hour, until cooked completely through and browned.
I AM ISSUING A THANKSGIVING DRESSING THROWDOWN. What is your favorite dressing recipe?
Nana’s Notes: You might notice that I am using a new format for my recipes. My IT support (who also is my yard man, household repairman, and shares my marital bed) designed it. It is in its opening stage. My hope eventually is to have a button whereupon people can share or print. Baby steps. What do you think?