Thanksgiving is about one week away and the debates have started. Today's topic for the "Thanksgiving Must Have's" is stuffing (or dressing). Let's start with the biggest question? What is the difference between stuffing and dressing? In this article the two words will be used interchangeably. Stuffing is defined as the filling that is put into (or stuffed) into the bird and then cooked. Dressing is essentially the same thing, but it is cooked outside of the turkey in its own dish.

Dressing is thought to be the safer food item, because of stuffing might not get to the proper temperature in the oven to kill any potential bad food borne bacteria.

The other thing we need to look at, what is the best kind of stuffing? Cornbread, bread, Chestnut, Sausage, Giblet? There are so many, but what is the best kind? Here is an answer that most people will agree with; the kind you like the most. Yep, not what you expected, right?

Growing up in a house where the stuffing was always bread based was the only consistency throughout the years, of course items were added (or deducted) based on who would be attending the dinner with the family. This person doesn't like onions, so they were not put into the mix. This other person doesn't eat meat, so Mom would leave out the sausage.

What are your stuffing/dressing traditions in your home? What type will you be serving?

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