Wikipedia states that “there are also regional differences as to the stuffing or dressing traditionally served with the turkey. Southerners generally make their dressing from cornbread, while those in other parts of the country make stuffing from white, wheat or rye bread as the base. One or several of the following may be added to the dressing/stuffing: oysters, apples, chestnuts, raisins, celery and/or other vegetables, sausage or the turkey’s giblets. The traditional Canadian version has bread cubes, sage, onion and celery. Rice is also sometimes used instead of bread in some parts of Canada.” Delish talks a little more about the regional differences in the way we fix our Holiday meals.

I have spent Thanksgiving Dinner with family most of my life, but when I wasn’t able to travel home, I spent it with friends. I was in my thirties before I had anything other than cornbread dressing. Surprisingly, it was one of my very Southern friends that fixed bread dressing instead of the more standard corn bread dressing. And I have to tell you I wasn’t impressed. It was like she took  white bread and torn it apart and then put broth over it and warmed it up. To me it was gummy bread.

I checked out to see what other recipes are out there.


The first one I found is Oyster dressing and no offense to people who like Oyster dressing – but Blech! I know, don’t knock it until you try it, but seeing the slimy, muscle oysters being poured in the dish about did me in. I would have to be very hungry to eat this.


Next up is bread dressing with fruit and nuts. It looks okay, and I like all the ingredients especially the nuts and apricots. So I am reserving judgment on this one.


They also had a recipe for cornbread dressing. However no one in our family uses all cornbread. We use a mixure of cornbread, crackers, biscuits  or toasted bread. I tend to use crackers,and biscuits.

I have never eaten rice dressing and really couldn’t find a recipe that appeared to be dressing or stuffing. I found one that was wild rice cooked in broth. Then they added grapes, parsley, and nuts. Not sure why this is called rice dressing? Do any of you make a rice dressing?

So, do you eat dressing with your Thanksgiving meal? If so, what type of dressing do you cook?

– – Leigh AAR

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