Stuffing and Dressing Cooking Tips, Hints and Recipes!

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Whether your family calls it stuffing or dressing, most likely the first thing that comes to mind is Thanksgiving. However, stuffing is not just for holidays and not just for poultry. Many varieties of seafood and vegetables are also prime candidates for stuffing.

Stuffing / Dressing Cooking Tips and Hints

Expand your horizons and think beyond simply bread as a stuffing. Rice, barley, fruit, nuts, bulgur, couscous, vegetables, and seafood make excellent candidates as a stuffing base.

Here are some cooking tips and hints for making stuffings and dressings:

• For stuffings using bread, do not use fresh bread. Cut bread into cubes and dry in the oven at a low temperature (275 degrees F.) until dry, about 15 minutes. The same advice goes for making your own stuffing.

• Bread end pieces are great to save for making stuffing, and don't limit yourself to plain white bread. All types of bread are suitable, restricted only by your own particular tastes.

• If you are using old bread without drying it out, reduce the liquid in the stuffing recipe or you'll end up with mush.

• Any variety of rice also makes an excellent stuffing, but the rice needs to be cooked first. Vegetables such as onion, garlic, celery, and mushrooms can be lightly sauteed before adding to the mixture.

• Stuffing should be prepared just before using, not in advance.

• Toss stuffing mix gently so that it doesn't compact.

Spoon the mix in lightly; never push it down. Stuffing will expand during cooking, which could rupture the bird, fish or roast being stuffed.

• Never use raw pork in a stuffing recipe. Be sure to saute pork first until no pink remains, cool slightly, and then add to your mix.

• How much stuffing do you need?

Plan on 1/2 to 3/4 cup serving of stuffing per person. For amounts needed to stuff chickens or turkeys, refer to the Stuffing Chart linked below.

• Excess stuffing can be placed in a greased baking dish and put into the oven about an hour before the rest of the meal is done. In fact, many prefer stuffing cooked separately from poultry.

• Rich, flavorful stuffings are best paired with foods that have a more mild flavor. Wild game and more flavorful meats, fish, or vegetables should be stuffed with a mild stuffing.

• Sage is a time-honored spice for most poultry stuffings, but feel free to experiment.

• For a very moist poultry breast, push stuffing between the skin and the breast meat and roast as usual.

Stuffing Calculation Chart

This chart will help you determine how much stuffing or dressing to use for chicken, turkey, and other poultry. 

Quantity of Stuffing

Size of Bird to Stuff

Number of Servings

1 pint3-4 pounds2-3
1-1/2 pints5-6 pounds4-5
1 quart6-8 pounds6
1-1/2 quarts8-10 pounds8
2 quarts10-12 pounds10
3 quarts12-15 pounds12-14
4 quarts
(1 gallon)
15-20 pounds18-20

More About Stuffing and Dressing

• Stuffing and Dressing Cooking Tips
• Stuffing and Dressing Storage
• How much stuffing do you need?

- Stuffing Chart
• Stuffing and Dressing Food Safety
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