The Difference Between Stuffing and Dressing
Find out the differences between stuffing and dressing on this lesson of Grocery School.
The question of stuffing and dressing is a great debate among culinary thanksgiving circle. However, stuffing and dressing are interchangeable terms. Stuffing dates back to the mid 1950s. It replaced the term 'force meat' that was previously used for this culinary delight. During the Victorian time, term dressing replaced the name 'stuffing'. Whatever name you use, it’s an essential dish for thanksgiving.
Three basic ingredients for stuffing are:
• Liquid and
• Seasoning (mostly sage)
Stuffing is commonly made with white bread or croutons as the main ingredient. Many cooks prefer to use corn bread. Whatever you buy, buy a few days in advance to let it dry properly. Stale breads help your stuffing from being soggy.
Liquids used for moistening the stuffing are canned broth, pan drippings, or wine. Don’t use too much wine as it can overpower the stuffing flavor.
If you choose to buy instant stuffing, go for stove top turkey variety. It is almost tasteless. Whole food 365 organic mix is also a good choice. All store bought stuffing mixes benefit from the addition of sauteed celery and onion. Also, use broth in place of water. You can add chopped nuts, cranberries, sausages and bacon as well.