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Is Your Turkey Stuffed or Dressed?

Is Your Turkey Stuffed or Dressed?

Stuffing -and -dressing

Some people grew up believing that if it's cooked inside a bird, it should be called stuffing. And, if it's prepared outside the bird, then it should be referred to as dressing. But, of course, there are exceptions. In the South, many people call it dressing, regardless of whether it's prepared inside or outside the bird. In the early days, the word "stuffed" was too stuffy for them. In the northern states, they generally referred to the dish as stuffing with no distinction as to where the savory side was cooked.

We turned to the experts for an official answer. And according to the USDA, the terms "stuffing" and "dressing" can be used interchangeably. Some people even refer to it as "filling".

Along with the name, the actual ingredients used in stuffing and/or dressing are often just as regional. Usually based on a corn or wheat bread mixture, these recipes often contain a grocery list of other ingredients as well, such as grains, pasta, fresh and dried fruits, vegetables, shellfish, sausage, giblets, eggs and nuts.

Once mixed, the home cook spoons the stuffing into the cavity of a whole bird or just under the skin or pours it into a casserole dish. Because stuffing is the perfect medium for bacterial growth, handle it safely and cook it to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165°F as measured with a food thermometer.

At Fiesta Mart, we have it All

Whatever you choose to call it, your local Fiesta Mart has all of the ingredients, from the traditional to the exotic, to create the perfect holiday stuffing. Check out the beautiful selection of nuts in our Bulk Foods Department. A wide variety of root vegetables and mushrooms, plus fresh and dried fruits are waiting for you in our Produce Department. Stop by the Seafood Department if your recipe calls for oysters, clams or shrimp. And we have an endless variety of breads, and grains such as rice, wild rice, corn meal, quinoa, couscous, bulgur and rolled oats in our Specialty Department. We even have ready-to-make stuffing mixtures in Grocery. Our Meat Department  can serve up just about any kind of sausage you'd like to add to your stuffing. And all the herbs and seasonings we have are just as mild or wild as you choose to be on the big day. Regardless of the recipe you choose, we'll make sure that by the end of your meal - you're STUFFED!

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