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Nov 19, 2009 05:58 AM

Stuffing/Dressing - Do you add egg?

I've noticed many of the recipes call for an 1-3 eggs in their stuffing recipes, which I have never tried. What do you think?

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  1. I don't use egg, and won't. I love my old fashioned basic stuffing just as is - bread, butter, celery, onions, herbs and chicken stock. Delicious!!!

    1. no egg for me either. i don't want the stuffing to bind.

      1. In my cornbread dressing I use 2 eggs, thats how I was taught to do it. I think it helps bind it. I do not add any butter. I saute my vegies in the sausage fat and add olive oil if I need to. Then I add broth to moisten, mix eggs with orange juice and mix it all up, yum.

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        1. re: JEN10

          I use one or two eggs, and a stick of butter (among various other things of course). The stick of butter is first used to saute the onion, celery, mushrooms etc.

        2. I think stuffing is one of those things where you are attached to whatever you grew up with.

          We always use egg in ours, but we like our stuffing bound, because that's what we grew up with.

          One year my mother tried to switch up the stuffing recipe, and make a sausage stuffing instead. There was an out-and-out revolt at the table. My poor mom; she'll never try that again! ;)

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          1. re: dagwood

            We are very attached to the stuffing my mom makes. Yes, she does use egg in it, as we too like it bound. I don't like it all falling to bits on the plate and it makes better sandwiches.

            We (including my mom) are so attached to her stuffing that this year for Christmas, even though my mom can't make dinner due to health reasons, she is insisting that she has to make the stuffing. And the gravy. The rest of the time, she promises to sit.

            1. re: dagwood

              That reminded me of the year my Dad ( he would love to do the turkey) changed the dressing. Thinking he was really getting gourmet on us, I guess he read a recipe in Gourmet or Bon Appetit and he added apples (and I think raisins) EEK!! Let me tell you, even as an adult I wouldn't dream of confronting my Dad. But this time I was so distraught I had to tell him, not to ever mess with the dressing.

            2. For stuffing, never. For dressing, absolutely.

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              1. re: shanagain

                Yes, a large egg per quart or so of either stuffing or dressing. Not only do I like it lightly bound, but find that the egg makes the taste more fully rounded. Eating a turkey sandwich including stuffing/dressing is neater if the latter is cohesive enough that you can add a slice to your sandwich.