This is a family recipe, one I got from my mom....I'm not sure where she got it from, but it's the only dressing I ever fix for Thanksgiving. Make it the night before and refrigerate it over night. It is important that you don't stuff the turkey until just before you put it in the oven. Stuffing it too early makes for the right condition for nasty stuff to grow and we don't want visits to the E.R. on Thanksgiving!
1 ½ loaves of day old bread
1 stick butter
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
1 tsp sage
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 tsp poultry seasoning
Simmer turkey giblets in water for one hour. Remove giblets to cool and reserve broth.
Meanwhile, tear bread into small pieces in a large bowl. Sauté celery and onion in butter until tender. Pour vegetables and butter over bread. Add seasonings. Chop giblets and add to bread mixture. Pour 1 cup reserved broth over bread mixture, adding a little bit at a time as need to moisten the bread. Season to taste. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Stuff turkey just prior to cooking.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Do not stuff the turkey with dressing until reading to put into the oven.
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