I was slightly stunned to discover from our friends at the Food Network that I have been calling our turkey stuffing – stuffing – which in reality – is technically called dressing.
Susieq the professional chef has enlightened me that if the stuffing is in the bird, it is stuffing. If the stuffing is outside the bird, it is dressing. I’m confusing myself. But okay, it makes sense.
We used to stuff the bird with “stuffing” and also make a side dish of stuffing. For an unknown reason, we have gravitated to just making the side dish of stuffing. I’m not doubting the Food Network, but I’ve never heard stuffing called dressing in my area.
But perhaps I am sheltered.
Definition of Stuffing Vs. Dressing
Merriam-Webster defines stuffing as “a mixture (as of bread crumbs and seasonings) used to stuff a food (as meat or a vegetable).”
Dressing is defined as “a seasoned mixture usually used as a stuffing (as for poultry).”
Does that clarify the great debate of stuffing versus dressing?
Sorry Food Network, in our house, whether it be dressing used to stuff, stuffing used to stuff or in our house the all purpose stuffing… “it’ will always be called stuffing.
I’m sure you understand…