Stuffing is personal and subjective. Everyone has their absolute favorites and some guests are just downright insistent that THEIR recipe is used for the big Thanksgiving Dinner Sometimes the stuffing turns out great and we're grateful. Other times, they are plain AWFUL and so we tend to skip that whole area on our plate for fear it contaminates the rest of our food! So we ask you, what's been your experience with "the good, bad and ugly" of stuffing? We've found a few stories and recipes to get you started...
Kasha: "My favorite is stove top, I swear! As embarrassing as that is, I can't help it. I would eat it by itself! The worst....LIVER or GIZZARDS in my stuffing. That culinary practice should be BANNED! I did have a relative insist on having her stuffing by the way. It was okay....I missed my stove top."
Candi: "Good Stuffing comes from my Grandma! She makes hers from scratch including the cornbread. The bad and ugly came to me one holiday dinner at my brother's house. I asked what it was and my sister-in-law said STOVE TOP! That is the WORST stuffing ever!!! UGHHHH. That is NOT how stuffing is supposed to taste.
To most, turkey and Thanksgiving is as obvious as peanut butter and jelly. What isn't obvious anymore is how we cook that turkey. In addition to the traditional basted, bagged and roasted turkey methods we now have a myriad of new, exciting and untraditional ways of cooking that delectable bird. Step into the culinary world of turkey grilling (yes, on the bbq!), smoking, deep frying and rotisserie. Set your fears aside and discover the "untraditional turkey" this year. You may be surprised at the response you and your bird get this year, kissing your traditional method goodbye forever.
Don't believe me? Then let me tell you a story ....
Last Thanksgiving, my husband decided to smoke the turkey instead of the traditional "bagged" turkey. While my husband is great on the grill and smoked turkey sounded wonderful, I did not like the idea of being adventurous on Thanksgiving. Truth be told, I was a little worried that it wouldn't quite turn out as expected. What's more, we were expecting quite a few people for dinner!
To be safe, I cooked my traditional "bagged" turkey and it came out as expected - juicy and delicious. However, my turkey sat virtually ignored and my husband's turkey was completely devoured. He clearly "smoked" the competition-namely me. I conceded defeat. The smoked turkey was good, absolutely memorable, and our family can never go back. Our traditional turkey has forevermore flown the coup and has been replaced by our new tradition-the "untraditional turkey".
To help you find your own new Thanksgiving un-tradition, we've provided a few our favorite recipes and methods below. Happy Thanksgiving!