My mom is 91 years old now. But through the years, when I was a kid the best thing about Thanksgiving was the stuffing. Hers was the best I ever ate. Loaded with flavor and completely delicious. When I got married and started my own family, I made sure I had this recipe in my recipe box. I've used it all my life.
Blue Ribbon Recipe
What a wonderfully classic stuffing recipe! It's filled with celery, green pepper, onion, and fresh herbs which makes the stuffing extremely flavorful. Easy to make, this recipe makes a lot so it's enough to feed a crowd. It reminds us of what our moms used to make.
Now pour chicken broth over all of the mixture making sure that stuffing is ALMOST wet. You want it to be more than damp, but not downright wet so that stuffing doesn’t dry out while inside turkey baking. (You can judge if stuffing is becoming too wet, just reserve the rest of the broth if not needed. Many people like to use milk, but I find that it causes it to have a bland flavor. The chicken broth is the secret to excellent flavor, here.)
Toss once again, making sure all bread is well coated with all ingredients.
Stuff the turkey, packing tightly, but not too tightly (as in "don't really jam it in there") at both ends. (If you have any leftover, you can put it in a casserole dish, and refrigerate until 45 minutes before turkey is done, then put in the oven with turkey for extra stuffing.)
Use softened butter and, using fingers, rub butter all over turkey until coated. Then shake a little paprika over the top of the entire turkey.
Put about 2 tablespoons flour inside the baking bag before putting the turkey inside. Push turkey into the bag. Close bag tightly. Make three slits across the top of the bag for ventilation and put it into a roaster pan.
Put the lid on the roaster. Then bake following instructions for the size turkey you have. (**Note: the baking bag will probably cut baking time by at least 3/4 hr to 1 hour, but really holds in the juices and turkey stays very moist and juicy.)
No basting is required when you use the baking bag, but if you wish, you can baste one or two times during baking.
**Note** Be sure to remember to make the slits in the top of the baking bag, maybe an inch or two long, and be sure to put the little bit of flour into the bottom of the bag before you put the turkey inside. When finished, you will have an ample supply of broth inside the bag to make your gravy. Simply use a cup or ladle to scoop it all out.
(What broth I don't need, I always put into a plastic container and freeze to use when I make my chicken soups. I add it into the pot of soup and it gives my soups added extra special flavor!)
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