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Your Thanksgiving Stuffing--What type of bread do you use?

DaisyM Nov 12, 2012 03:14 PM

Just wondering what type of bread everyone uses.

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    Philly Ray Nov 18, 2012 04:32 PM

    The recipe I use calls for ciabatta and I used to buy that, but there's a bakery near me that makes a peasant loaf which also works well, so I have been using that lately.

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      Fuentes Nov 18, 2012 04:22 PM

      This last week, I've made Onion Rolls, Japanese Milk Bread, Onion Soup Mix Bread, Classic Dinner Rolls, Hawaiian Bread, and a yeast based Banana Bread. I'm going to use about half of each (except the Banana Bread, I'll just use a slice or two of that) to make my dressing with.

      I hope that I'm pleasantly surprised; I've always used either PF Bread or store bought sandwich bread....whatever was on sale.

      1. Will Owen Nov 13, 2012 05:31 PM

        I've been using the La Brea rosemary-olive oil bread as the backbone, saving and cutting up chunks of it as it gets stale and freezing them in airtight bags. Sometimes I'll bake a pan of cornbread, too, and throw in about half of that. If I have parts of sourdough sandwich loaves go stale they get in there as well. Our stuffing growing up was chopped and dried balloon bread, delicious but pretty much an undifferentiated substance unless there were oysters in it. I like mine to have texture, not too moist and not gooey.

        1. dcrf Nov 13, 2012 04:04 PM

          Corn bread

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            medrite Nov 13, 2012 04:28 PM

            +1 for corn bread. Last year I made stuffing with homemade corn bread, sausage, pecans, and a few other things I can't remember -- sorta made it up as I went along. Turned out yummy, can't wait to do it again!

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            _nemo_ Nov 13, 2012 01:30 PM

            The supermarkets in NY pretty much all carry packaged stuffing bread at Thanksgiving. It is a white bread but a bit denser. It makes wonderful stuffing.

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              jeanmarieok Nov 13, 2012 08:51 AM

              I start saving bread ends and partial loaves a month before Thanksgiving. So it's a mix of whole grain store bread and artisan loaves from the farmers market. I pull it all out and evaluate it, then if I have to add to it, I'll throw in a load of day old italian bread. Not fancy, but everyone who eats it, like it...

              1. melpy Nov 13, 2012 08:32 AM

                I am so embarrassed but we have always used the Pepperridge Farm stuffing. The blue bag of seasoned for our regular mushroom stuffing and the yellowish bag of cornbread for our cornbread apple stuffing that we usually eat with pork crown roast. Very much considering using real bread this year.

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                  fourunder Nov 13, 2012 08:45 AM

                  There is no reason to feel embarrassed.....

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                    prunefeet Nov 15, 2012 01:53 PM

                    Don't feel bad, I grew up on this and it's not bad! You can doctor it up too and make it your own.

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                      melpy Nov 16, 2012 09:50 AM

                      Oh we do! Never knew you could eat it without other stuff in it. Thought it was just an ingredient as a kid. Nor did I know you could use real bread.

                      Think mom might have bought stove top once? Not sure if I have ever had it though.

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                      sunshine842 Nov 15, 2012 02:04 PM

                      My best friend brings Stovetop -- to her, it's Thanksgiving....so it's welcome at our table.

                      (Stovetop is lovingly carried back in luggage for folks here in the Old World. Funny what stuff you bring back when you've been gone for a few years)

                    3. greygarious Nov 13, 2012 06:59 AM

                      If there's a Great Harvest Bread Company near you, try their stuffing bread. It is made only the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it is wise to call ahead to reserve a loaf. It has bits of celery and onion, and is herbed with sage. Great as stuffing and maybe even better for those post-bird sandwiches.

                      Otherwise, I use oatmeal bread or multigrain bread - Arnold or Pepperidge Farm - for stuffing.
                      We all know that white bread is the least healthy choice, and I think there's more and better flavor using non-white loaves.

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                          sunshine842 Nov 13, 2012 08:36 AM

                          Me, too.

                          Baguettes are easier to find for me, but the ones near me are way too namby-pamby for my dressing. There needs to be some texture and a little bit of flavor to work with the aromatics and the oysters.

                        2. JungMann Nov 13, 2012 06:46 AM

                          We grew up on Pepperidge Farm so it will always be white bread for us.

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                            jen kalb Nov 15, 2012 02:27 PM

                            I use the similar Arnold family loaf for ours - it comes in big loaves and like Pepperidge Farm is much firmer than wonderbread. I cut it up and dry it out to the extent possible before dressing it. I used cornbread for a number of years but felt it was both sandieer and mushier in texture than the yeast bread so we dropped.

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                              sunshine842 Nov 15, 2012 10:41 PM

                              to get it bone-dry --

                              If you have radiators in your house, just lay the bread out on a cookie sheet and let it sit on the radiator overnight -- if the cookie sheet is too full, you might have to flip it once, but it'll be bone-dry fast.

                              Otherwise, turn your oven on its lowest setting and put the bread in there. It will take a little more attention and turning to keep it from toasting and to rotate all the moisture out, but also bone-dry in a couple of hours.

                              I find it easier to dry slices and then break the dried bread into chunks rather than the other way round, but YMMV

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                            cresyd Nov 13, 2012 03:55 AM

                            Challah. I buy how many loafs I need the Friday before Thanksgiving and then use the rest of the time to dry it out.

                            1. biondanonima Nov 12, 2012 06:41 PM

                              I make baguettes the weekend before, tear them up and let the pieces dry for 3-4 days so they get good and stale. Nothing beats homemade bread for stuffing.

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                                DaisyM Nov 13, 2012 03:49 AM

                                I feel like such a loser when I read about people making their own bread to make their stuffing!

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                                  bdegregory Nov 13, 2012 08:05 AM

                                  I also use baguettes but find that the bakery at my grocery store does a fine job so I don't make them myself. The baguettes really give just the right mix of soft bites and chewy bites from the crusty pieces. Been making this recipe for years and it's my favorite part of the meal: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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                                    biondanonima Nov 13, 2012 08:49 AM

                                    You're lucky to have good bread available at your grocery. I would use grocery store bread if I could find any that I liked, but I've never found a loaf that works as well as what I make myself. Baguettes from the grocery store here are more like Italian bread in baguette form, whereas my own are closer to no-knead bread in consistency and flavor (just not quite so crusty).

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                                    jmcarthur8 Nov 13, 2012 01:25 PM

                                    I know a lady who grinds her own wheat for the bread she makes. And she makes bread several times a week. I'm impressed!

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                                  janehathaway Nov 12, 2012 04:15 PM

                                  I make both a loaf of regular white bread and a loaf on no knead bread (artisan bread in 5 minutes).

                                  1. Cherylptw Nov 12, 2012 04:07 PM

                                    A mixture of cornbread and french bread, which I cube & toast in the oven first. I've also used bits and pieces of other bread with my cornbread such as Italian, white bread or other white based bread I have stored in the freezer

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                                      smtucker Nov 12, 2012 03:58 PM

                                      I make a sage pullman-style loaf. I then cube it so that the bread can dry out for a few days. Cubed bread takes up a lot of room though, so it always feels that I am moving it around for those days.

                                      1. juliejulez Nov 12, 2012 03:57 PM

                                        day old french bread

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                                          jmcarthur8 Nov 12, 2012 04:17 PM

                                          Me, too. Some nice crusty French bread or a baguette. I found out the hard way to cut it into cubes +before+ you set it out to get stale. ;-)

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                                          Dcfoodblog Nov 12, 2012 03:37 PM

                                          French country loaf. I like a nice chew and big holes to soak up stock.

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                                            kengk Nov 12, 2012 03:35 PM

                                            Mostly cornbread, a few biscuits or other to go with. My mom would use leftover heels of store bought white bread or a hamburger/hotdog bun or two.

                                            I do not care for dressing with much light bread.

                                            1. dave_c Nov 12, 2012 03:33 PM

                                              Corn bread

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                                                Uncle Bob Nov 13, 2012 05:39 AM

                                                Corn Bread here too...and two or three biscuits.

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                                                  pine time Nov 13, 2012 01:43 PM

                                                  Homemade stale corn bread, here, too--and a handful or 2 of Fritos. Don't laugh, it's good.

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                                                soccermom13 Nov 12, 2012 03:18 PM

                                                I make a loaf of white bread about 2 days ahead of time so it can stale a bit before I use it in the stuffing.

                                                1. tiffeecanoe Nov 12, 2012 03:17 PM

                                                  White bread. I make the same stuffing my mother learned to make and it involves loaves of fresh, not stale, white wonder bread hand torn.

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