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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mom's Turkey & Dressing


This is our favorite part of the holidays - my Mom's dressing.  I don't like turkey, but I LOVE my Mom's dressing.  It is especially good smothered with gravy!

The original recipe came from my Dad's Mom.  She was a great cook and made one of my other all-time favorite meals - Chicken Tetrazzini.  My Mom has perfected the dressing recipe over the years.   Chicken Legs can't get enough of this at the holidays.  He especially likes it reheated at about 10:00 pm on Thanksgiving or Christmas night.  Chicken Legs swears this is the best dressing you'll ever eat - I agree!

Click here for the cornbread recipe we use in the dressing.



Mom's Turkey & Dressing
(Printable Recipe)

2 pans Cornbread (24 muffins)
1 onion
3 stalks celery
1 can cream of chicken
2 cans chicken stock
1 can cream of mushroom
3 pieces wheat bread
salt
pepper
1 -2 tsp sage
bone-in turkey breast (approx. 5-6 lb)

Preheat oven to 350.

Chop onion and celery in food processor.  Crumble cornbread and add remaining ingredients (except turkey).  Stir well.  Place dressing in turkey roasting pan, top with turkey breast.

Cover dressing with foil (leaving turkey breast uncovered) and bake at 350 until turkey breast is done - about 2 hours.

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40 comments:

  1. We’ve been on the road without wi-fi access since Monday morning, so I’m behind in my blog reading. I'm with you guys and live for the dressing - your mom's recipe sounds and looks sooo good and I really like the idea of cooking it under the breast - especially since it's the part Bev wants. The dish below also looks outstanding and both went onto the try list.

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  2. I´m all about the dressing too. Still finding "my own"... but this is a good idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I love your blog, your ideas are great!!

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  4. Hey that's a good idea doing the breast on top! And, of course, it looks and sounds amazing. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  5. I'm so hungry for it right now I could just spit. Yummm
    My favorite of all is the dressing, gravy and cranberry sauce...If I never had another piece of turkey, I wouldn't care.
    This looks almost just like my recipe..lots of black pepper and plenty of stock...

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  6. I <3 you! This looks fabulous and I'm always up for a new stuffing recipe! Can't wait for the big day....

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  7. What the heck don't we make dressing more the rest of the year? I think it is everyone's favorite.

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  8. I would love a big bowl of this comfort right now. Fantastic ideas.

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  9. We make dressing several times a year...we both luv it.

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  10. That looks wonderful! Just wondering if you seasoned the turkey with anything? We usually inject our turkey with Cajun seasoning but if I made it with the dressing in the pan would that ruin the flavor of the dressing you think?

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  11. Jessica - My Mom just rubs the turkey with some vegetable oil and sprinkles it with salt & pepper

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  12. Tom's here for Thanksgiving and we made the dressing, although we didn't cook it with the turkey. It was delicious! John and Tom are now playing Sports Illustrated football. A real old fashioned Thanksgiving. (Although I don't think Julia would have served champagne!)

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  13. Katherine - that is truly an old fashioned Thanksgiving!

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  14. what recipe for cornbread do you use for this?

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  15. This sounds wonderful and will make it for Thanksgiving...
    Now..
    I pour the dressing into the pan, cover totally with foil, lay turkey breast on top of foil and bake 2 hours. Cook the DRESSING for 2 hours, too???

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  16. bj - yes, put everything in the oven together and let it cook for about 2 hours. Check the turkey and make sure it is done. You might have to loosely cover the dressing with foil if it gets too brown.

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  17. I just want to double check the last persons comment that you agreed on:
    "I pour the dressing into the pan, cover totally with foil, lay turkey breast on top of foil and bake 2 hours. Cook the DRESSING for 2 hours, too?"

    So...you lay the turkey breast on top of the foil that is covering the dressing? Picture looks like it's laying on top of the dressing? If it is, do you just arrange some foil around the dressing to keep it from browning too quickly, letting only the breast to be exposed? I want mine to look as wonderful as your does in the photo!! Thanks for the help!!!

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  18. cajuncutie - You just arrange some foil around the dressing after it has cooked for a while if you see if getting too brown. The dressing and turkey are baked together.

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  19. approx. how big/how much did the turkey breast weigh?

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  20. so you bake 2 skillets of cornbread- right? do you toast the wheat bread a little or just tear it up soft? thanks

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  21. so you bake 2 skillets of cornbread- right? do you toast the wheat bread a little or just tear it up soft? thanks

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  22. julied - yes, bake the cornbread first and tear it up. You want to dry the white bread out a little, but not toast it. Put it in the oven for a minute or in the toaster on the lowest setting.

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  23. Tammy - we used a 5-6 pound bone-in turkey breast.

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  24. Did you season the turkey with anything?

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  25. The stuffing turned out great!!! It was very moist and still had plenty of juice from the turkey. Love this recipe!

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  26. what if you dont want the dressing mushy but like browned on top some can you take foil off or what. Im a very new cook and not sure bout this and did you season the turkey breast?

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  27. could you plz notify me by email on this comment

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  28. What can you use in place of the canned soup?

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    1. not sure, this is the way we've always made it.

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  29. this is very yummy but i had to cook another breast alone so i could make gravy. what do you do about stock for gravy?

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    1. We buy turkey stock. Swanson has a limited edition turkey stock in the stores right now.

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  30. i could also use stock i froze. i but carcass in crockpot with celery and onion and cooked on low for 8-10 hours. i froze it and it should work too i guess????

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  31. Do you think this recipe would work if I just baked the dressing separately without the turkey? Would I still bake it 2 hours?

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    1. If you are going to bake it separately, add 1/2-1 cup more chicken broth, and I would probably bake it about an hour.

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  32. Approx how many people does this serve?

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  33. my mom's dressing is very similar, but she cooks her onion and celery in a stick of butter and a half a can of chicken broth, then adds it to the bread (we use all bread) with poultry seasoning, parsley flakes, and 2 eggs. she has always mixed it up in the top of an over turned Rubbermaid cake carrier :-D some goes in the turkey, some goes in the pan. i love them both!

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