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mary hendricks


My English grandmother made this and then my mom for every thanksgiving and Christmas. I think grandma got this from her mom.Grandma would be about 140 yo so this is an old but goody .. I had to learn watching the 2 of them no written recipe. this may be the first time it has been put to writing or texting lol. We lovingly called it dog food as dubbed by my dad and the tradition continues. Always had to double so the kids could have left overs Thou sometimes the reserved for left over ended up being used for the dinner as people like it so much.


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10 Min
2 Hr


  • 1 pkg
    loaf bread
  • 1 - 2 qt
    chicken or turkey stock
  • 1 large
  • 5 stalk(s)
  • 1
    turkey liver and heart gizzard optional ( innard bag from turkey)
  • 2 tsp
    thyme, dried
  • 2 tsp
    sage, dried
  • 1 tsp
    rosemary, dried
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp

How to Make Dressing


  1. Lay bread out and thoroughly dry out. I usually do this 2 days before making to make sure its dry. Humidity can affect length of drying time.
    It has to be dried through or it turns to mush. Once bread is dry break into 1 inch pieces and place in large bowl
  2. Heat oil in large skillet and add onions and celery. Cook until onions are almost clear and celery is pliable
  3. Cook liver heart and gizzards until done and chop
    Chop up
  4. Sprinkle herbs onto bread and toss
  5. Add onions celery and chopped liver etc to bread and toss
  6. You can use canned stock or juices from the cooked turkey. I use both in mine sometimes the bird doesn't make quite enough so have some canned too incase
  7. Pour 1 qt of stock on to bread mixture. Mix well. Keep adding stock by the cup full and mix between additions until when you pat it down there is almost standing liquid. not floating in it but thoroughly soaked. Here again humidity can affect amounts needed
  8. Place in casserole dish, cover and bake in preheated 350° oven for 1 hour
  9. Uncover and continue to bake until browned and when pushed in center it springs back 20 -30 minutes
  10. Dig in!!

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About Dressing

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes
Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: English
Dietary Needs: Low Fat Dairy Free Soy Free
Other Tag: Heirloom

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