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Stuffing or dressing for Thanksgiving?

Stuffing or dressing for Thanksgiving?

AUBURN, Alabama — Thanksgiving is a time where friends and family gather together to give thanks, enjoy one another’s company and share a good meal.

Two main dishes found at most Thanksgiving meals are stuffing and dressing. Do you know how to distinguish between them?

Difference between the two

“The major difference between the two dishes is that stuffing is more popular in the North, dressing is more common in the South,” said Darlene Minniefield, an Alabama Extension agent in Human Nutrition, Diet and Health.

Stuffing is the bread component baked inside the turkey. That is why it is called stuffing. Dressing is cooked by itself in a separate dish with or without meat inside.

Both dishes contain a large amount of carbohydrates because of the amount of ingredients such as bread or cornbread.

A cornbread base is more commonly found in the southern United States. Whichever bread component you choose to make for your perfect dish, homemade bread will help bring a nice, fresh taste.

To make either dish healthier, add in vegetables. The combination of turkey or ham and stuffing or dressing with added vegetables results in a well-balanced meal.

Add a veggie twist

Put a veggie twist on your dressing by chopping and adding bell peppers, corn, carrots or celery. Take a quick survey and see what new additions your family may be willing to try.

The best part about dressing or stuffing is that you have a one-deal meal when it comes to nutritional value. You can find your protein in the meat and carbohydrates in the dressing or stuffing. Vegetables bring in an added source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

It may be surprising to see how evident the taste difference is between stuffing and dressing. The taste depends on what is in each dish and how it is cooked.

This Thanksgiving bring something special to the table. Switch up the classic dressing or stuffing recipe by trying a new vegetable or bread-base twist. Try pouring some cranberry sauce on top of your dressing this holiday season.


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