Anybody else make turkey stuffing like my family?
I know from all of my recipe reading that out way is not the normal way, but I wonder if any other family makes stuffing for turkey that is at all like ours:
1. it is never anywhere near the bird - the bird is unstuffed and the "stuffing" goes in an electric frying pan, which is really only used for this purpose
2. It has bread, but is really about 2/3 mashed potatoes, to which lots of sage, thyme, pepper, salt and butter is added. It doesn't end up tasting of potatoes at all.
3. In spite of this, non-family members always love it and go back for seconds just like we do.
Are we completely weird, or do any parts of this apply to anyone else?
It does sound good. Never heard of a stuffing made with mashed potatoes. Love those 60s style electric skillets, too. Wish I had one. Made the best fried chicken...
My family always made Southern style cornbread stuffing, in fact the first half of our stuffing recipe is the recipe to make the cornbread. I loved it more than just about anything, possibly because the holidays were the only times it was made. Still adore the stuff.
And I'm with you on another thing- I've always called it stuffing and I'm not gonna call it "dressing" just because it isn't cooked inside the bird.
I do, but it is really non-specific. Start with about 5 lbs of potatoes, cooked and mashed without any milk or butter. Add about 4 cups fresh bread crumbs, 2 Tbsp dried sage, 1 tsp dried thyme, salt and pepper to taste. Add about 1 cup of butter (enough to make it really moist). You have to taste it and add more spice if you need to - it never seems to take the same amount. Put it in electric frying pan or covered casserole. Quarter and onion and push into top of stuffing. Cook at least until hot, more if you want crispy edges. It can also go in the slow cooker.