Dear Abby: My husband and I have the same argument
every year around Thanksgiving. He says there is a
difference between stuffing and dressing. I say they're the
same thing, except that stuffing is baked in the turkey,
while dressing is baked separately in a casserole dish.
My husband insists I'm wrong —that the difference
has nothing to do with how it's cooked. He thinks stuffing
is made with regular bread, while dressing is made with cornbread.
The debate is driving me crazy. Will you please tell
me who is right?
Stuffing vs. Dressing in Ohio
The terms "dressing"
and "stuffing" are interchangeable. They refer to a
seasoned mixture used to stuff meat or poultry. It makes no
difference what kind of bread is used.
Some tips: If you plan to stuff your turkey, be sure
all the ingredients are -cooked (i.e. vegetables, fruit,
meat, seafood). Using pasteurized liquid eggs is safer than
using raw eggs. The bird should be loosely stuffed, not
packed because stuffing expands while cooking, and the
turkey should be stuffed right before it is put into the
oven, never ahead of time.
The stuffing takes the longest of the bird's
components to reach the desired safe temperature (165
degrees). Once the stuffing is in the turkey, it should not
be removed until the turkey is ready to be carved.