Dressing or Stuffing?

posted 3 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I don’t think I’ve ever had dressing! Only stuffing!

Post # 4
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I thought they were just two words for the same thing, depending where you’re from. Here it’s called stuffing.

Post # 5
42089 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@soon2bS:  Our family makes a traditional bread stuffing-seasoned with onions, celery, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. It is so loved that we always make a double batch and bake the extra in a casserole.

Post # 6
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Gee I was always under the assumption that the two words were interchangeable for basically the same thing…

Altho Stuffing is ALWAYS the one that is jammed into the Turkey (hence stuffed) where Dressing can be made in a pan / casserole dish on the side.

I grew up on Sage “Dressing” in so much as it didn’t go into the Turkey… my Mother was uber afraid of Food Poisoning… (but it was forever referred to as Sage Stuffing)


Post # 8
1234 posts
Bumble bee

@Pinkmoon:  It’s not; for one, stuffing is cooked in the bird while dressing is not. Also, dressing is usually made of cornbread while stuffing is made from regular bread. Dressing also (at least down here) can use ingredients such as boiled eggs, celery, and onions, and sometimes has the meat cooked into it.

Post # 9
8518 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I always thought they were the same thing. We’ve always called it stuffing though. And I hate it. Blech.

Post # 10
5432 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

It’s my favourite part! YUMMM and we call it stuffing. Usually my mom makes two kinds: traditional and then stuffing with chopped up breakfast sausages – so good!

Post # 11
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

stuffing. and it’s the one thing about the thanksgiving meal i don’t like.

Post # 12
1745 posts
Bumble bee

I can’t handle sausage or cornbread stuffing. Nu-uh. I was surprised with a combination of those two recently!


My family does a bread stuffing with peanuts. Sounds weird, but it’s effing delicious.


Directions as listed from someone’s old hand written recipe card:

10C Cubed bread

2-3 Large Onions – chopped

3-4 celery stalks with leaves – chopped

1 Cube Butter

Poultry seasoning

Salt, pepper, garlic

1 can cream of mushroom soup – thinned with broth

1 ½ T peanut butter

Chicken Broth

¼ C Peanuts – chopped

1 egg


  1. Cook chopped onion in large skillet
  2. Add chopped celery when almost done and cook
  3. Add a couple cloves of chopped garlic with celery if desired
  4. Mix in other seasonings
  5. Turn off heat and add in bread cubes and mix
  6. If making the day before, stop here.
  7. In microwave melt peanut butter with cup of broth
  8. Combine cream of mushroom soup with peanut butter, broth and a beaten egg. Mix evenly with hands through bread cube mixture
  9. Add peanuts
  10. Let sit, then add more broth if necessary


I can’t wait!

Post # 13
3442 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have no idea what dressing is, but we will be having stuffing 🙂


Post # 14
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Stuffing = Cooked inside the bird

Dressing = Cooked outside the bird

at least that’s the difference back home.  People make ‘cooked dinner’ every sunday (well, traditionally they do, now for most people it’s more of a special occasion thing) and the to allow turkey to cook faster the dressing was made on the stove top (not brand stove top – just cooked in a pan).  We also eat dressing with fries and gravy – DELICIOUS!

(I’m from Newfoundland if anyone’s wondering)

Stuffing and Dressing generally follow the same recipe

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my mom uses celery too but I think she’s weird.

Post # 15
4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We always have called it stuffing, though we’ve never actually stuffed it in the turkey so I guess we should have been calling it dressing, haha.

Post # 16
917 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

The words are interchangeable in my household. My mom always calls it dressing (originally from West Virginia) and my FI (from new Jersey) cannot wrap his mind around any name for it but stuffing. I swing between dressing or stuffing based on which one of them I’m talking to.

In any case, my family is really into the cornbread mix from Trader Joe’s. We cook as much as we can fit inside the bird and then the rest in a dish next to it. 

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