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While Christmas tends to be more about shopping, wrapping presents, baking cookies, and decorating, Thanksgiving is all about the food. When we think about a traditional holiday meal, most of us envision a beautifully roasted turkey sitting at the center of the table and homemade delights created from recipes handed down from one generation to the next. A great stuffing, also known as dressing, enhances the turkey and takes the holiday meal to the next level. It’s easy to make, and you can prepare it a day ahead to save time.

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1. Avoid These Mistakes

Stuffing isn’t a complicated recipe, but cooking isn’t always an exact science, especially when you’re busy preparing a large meal. Remember these four basic rules when making your stuffing:

  1. Don’t stuff your turkey. This practice leads to an overcooked mess. The basic ingredient in stuffing is bread, as it soaks up liquids. Stuffing your turkey can lead to food safety issues because the stuffing soaks up raw turkey juices.
  2. Stuffing shouldn’t fall apart or be too dry, but it should stick together loosely. Soggy stuffing doesn’t look appetizing and has very little flavor.
  3. Don’t over-season it. You’ll be adding broth that will already contain salt.
  4. Don’t forget to dry out the bread cubes. This is a crucial step that can change the texture of the stuffing.
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