Holiday Dressing and Stuffing (That Can Be Made in Advance)

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10 to 12 servings
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This holiday dressing recipe can be made up to three days in advance if you wish. Just mix the ingredients and store in the refrigerator. On the big day, you can either bake it in a 13 x 9 casserole dish or stuff it into the bird, thus turning it into stuffing. Note that if you are using the recipe as stuffing, you should give it a head start and heat it up before putting into the bird. It, like the turkey, needs to reach a safe temperature before eating.  

We think it tastes best with homemade bread crumbs. They soak up the liquid more (and, hence, the flavor). To make homemade bread crumbs, let the two loaves of bread get a little stale (our preference) or you can cube them first and let them dry in the oven. If you don’t want to make the bread crumbs, use 16 cups dry store-bought bread crumbs.

2 loaves bread (20 pieces), crusts removed
3/4 cup butter
1 medium onion, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon dried sage
2 cups chicken broth, approximately

Break the bread into small bits (cube-size) and put into a large bowl. Add salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, and sage.

In a saucepan, melt the butter and add the onion and celery, cooking until soft (10 minutes or so). 

Then add the dry seasoned breadcrumb mix.

Slowly stir in chicken broth, but only to moisten (not too much)

Stir in enough chicken broth to moisten.

If making in advance, put the mix in the refrigerator. It will last up to three days.

When ready to bake (on the day), preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Transfer to dressing to a 13 x 9 casserole dish.

Bake 45 minutes. 

(Alternately, warm up the dressing and then stuff inside the bird. Cook based on directions for poultry).

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