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turkey dressing

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Caroline Reznicek
Goochland, VA

Every year , I would cook a turkey for the holidays, and every year the dressing would just get sort of picked at and ended up in the trash. I tried a lot of different types and ways of making it but it just never seemed to quite do the trick. Then I began just making the boxed Stove Top dressings and they did somewhat better but were still not quite what we wanted. I began adding a few different ingredients to the boxed mixes and finally, three years ago, ALL of the dressing got eaten with a few compliments thrown in. This is the recipe I ended up with that everyone seems to love.

(1 rating)
yield serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 1 Hr 30 Min

Ingredients For turkey dressing

  • 3 c
    diced celery
  • 1 lg
    diced onion (sweet or vidalia)
  • 1 (4oz) box
    wild rice. (do not use the kind with white or brown rice mixed in.)
  • 1 lb
    roll of sage sausage
  • 1 lb
    roll of hot sausage
  • 3 box
    turkey stuffing mix: stove top or store brand. or about 18oz. seasoned dried bread cubes.
  • 3 stick
  • 1 c
    water for sausage cooking
  • 4 1/2 c
    liquid (***see below***)

How To Make turkey dressing

  • 1
    Cook wild rice according to box directions for about 1 hour.
  • 2
    While wild rice is cooking, crumble both sausage rolls into a large pot and cook with a cup of water to soften and mash. Cook thoroughly, but NOT to browned or crispy stage.
  • 3
    When sausage is nearly cooked, add diced onion and celery and continue cooking with sausage until onion is clear and celery is soft.
  • 4
    Add the 3 sticks of margerine.
  • 5
    Add cooked wild rice and any liquid left in the rice, and stir well.
  • 6
    NOW ***Either estimate the amount of liquid you end up with from cooking sausage and rice mixture, or drain, save, and measure liquid and set aside. You will need 4 1/2 cups total liquid. You may add some of the juice from your turkey as part of the liquid(best)or just add chicken stock or plain water.***
  • 7
    Add the liquid back to your sausage mixture, bring to a boil again, and remove from stove.
  • 8
    Add seasoned bread cubes to sausage and toss well.
  • 9
    Spray large baking dish with cooking spray to make removing easier and add dressing mixture. (I like to use those disposable aluminum oven pans you can buy at the supermarket.)
  • 10
    Brown top of dressing in 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes and serve hot with your turkey.
  • 11
    NOTE: This recipe makes a lot of stuffing for a large group of 15 or so. I have never tried to cut it down, but I'm sure it can be done at least into thirds. You can also freeze any leftovers.

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