November 24, 2010

Wednesday's Chow - Giblet Dressing

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!

Giblet Dressing


Turkey giblets
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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Anna Kathryn Lanier


Bianca Swan said...

This recipe sounds absolutely delicious and vaguely reminiscent of the dressing my mother used to make. Thanks for sharing.

Roseanne Dowell said...

Sounds delicious. We make a cracker stuffing and use the liver. We boil the rest of the neck, giblets and heart for broth to add to the stuffing. We also make an oyster stuffing - only ones who like it are hubby and one son - Interesting traditions we develop.

robynl said...

I love stuffing/dressing with lots of Sage and Poultry Seasoning. Have never used Giblets(I know I wouldn't eat them).


Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Robyn, I cut up the giblets (heart, liver, gizzard) and put them into the dressing, but once you've used them to make the broth, there's no reason why you can't just throw them out or give them to the cat/dog. I boil the neck, too, but I just throw it away.

BTW, mine turned out delicious this year! You do have to stuff it into the turkey, putting it into a pan to cook just isn't the same and I won't eat it that way. That's one reason why I buy such big birds (22 #'s this year)