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Mrs. Cottages Amazing Dressing Recipe

There is something wonderful about dressing. It is filling, satisfying, cozy, and delicious. We make this recipe with sweet apples, raisins, and sometimes dried cranberries.  It has ribbons of carrot shreds in it and just a dash of sweet wine or white grape juice. This has been part of our Cottage Thanksgiving and Christmas for many many years now and never fails to satisfy. So many think dressing is difficult to make so let’s learn how to make turkey dressing from scratch! 

This dressing is very customizable. You can actually make this with turkey broth, chicken broth, a good bone broth, or even beef stock and it will allow you to make subtle changes in the flavor. You can change up the vegetables in it. You can change the fruit or omit it. We love to make this with our own home-baked bread but feel free to use what you have. If you have a store-bought loaf of bread in the pantry, then use it.  If you have whole wheat, use it. Gluten-Free Bread, use that. You can even use it to stuff your turkey or chicken if you so desire.

 

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Why Is It Called Dressing?

The dressing is cooked outside of the turkey or chicken in a pan and stuffing is cooked inside.

Do You Cover Dressing While It Bakes?

If you cover the dressing while baking it makes a more moist dressing so we cover ours.

What Do You Put In Dressing?

You can put all kinds of things in dressing! You can put meat like sausage, giblets, bits of chicken or turkey, etc in it. It has vegetables in it and we even add fruit.

Where Does Stuffing Come From?

The act of stuffing foods into meat goes back to the Roman Empire where they were using nuts, fruits, seeds, and grains to stuff chickens, pigs, and rabbits. It was not called stuffing at this time.

Dressing Recipe

Ingredients:

8 Cups Organic Fresh Bread Cubes (she bakes bread slices and cubes them and toasts them in the oven)
1 Onion
1/4 Cup Carrots (grated)
1-2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Apple (chopped)
1/2 Cup Turkey, Bone or Chicken Broth
2 Egg whites (beaten)
1/8 – 1/4 Cup Raisins can use cranberries too
1/8 of a Teaspoon Sage (We usually use fresh pineapple sage but you can use 1/4 of Teaspoon dried sage)
1-2 Cloves Garlic (chopped very small)
1 Cup White Grape Juice (you can use wine if you want)
Garlic powder to taste
Onion powder to taste
Salt to taste
Pepper 

Directions:

  • Saute’ the vegetables until very tender.
  • Set it to the side off of the heat.
  • In a bowl mix the bread, raisins, apples, and your sage.
  • Stir together and add seasons to taste.
  • Add your vegetables, grape juice, stock, and egg whites stir it together place in a covered casserole pan bake 40-45 minutes at 350 F
 
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Mrs. Cottages Amazing Dressing Recipe

Mrs. Cottages Amazing Dressing Recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 Cups Organic Fresh Bread Cubes (she bakes bread slices and cubes them and toasts them in the oven)
  • 1 Onion
  • 1/4 Cup Carrots (grated)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Apple (chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup Turkey, Bone or Chicken Broth
  • 2 Egg whites (beaten)
  • 1/8 - 1/4 Cup Raisins can use cranberries too
  • 1/8 of a Teaspoon Sage (We usually use fresh pineapple sage but you can use 1/4 of Teaspoon dried sage)
  • 1-2 Cloves Garlic (chopped very small)
  • 1 Cup White Grape Juice (you can use wine if you want)
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Onion powder to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Saute' the vegetables until very tender.
  2. Set it to the side off of the heat.
  3. In a bowl mix the bread, raisins, apples, and your sage.
  4. Stir together and add seasons to taste.
  5. Add your vegetables, grape juice, stock, and egg whites stir it together place in a covered casserole pan
  6. Bake 40-45 minutes at 350F
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