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Do You Cook Stuffing Inside or Outside of the Turkey?

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mcraigw mcraigw 7 years
I used to always cook my stuffing inside the bird, but you have to cook your turkey much longer with the stuffing inside, and longer cooking dries out the turkey meat, especially the white meat. I now cook my stuffing in a crock pot, as I can make much more stuffing there, and I can cook the turkey at higher temperatures for a shorter period of time, resulting in much moister turkey. See http://mcraigweaver.com/Recipes/turkey.htm
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
outside...
rednikki rednikki 8 years
This was a great post! I just wanted to let you know we linked to it from here: http://www.mahalo.com/How_to_Make_Stuffing Again, great stuff (no pun intended!)
mamaseacat mamaseacat 8 years
I do both. I stuff the bird and also make more stuffing on the side.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
Both. Too many people to please at my house :-)
amandachalynn amandachalynn 8 years
I make both. I prefer the one made outside the turkey, but I've been told by a few people that my inside stuffing is the best they've ever had. I think it's because I add a dash of cayanne, just to give it a little something different.
SweetFirefly SweetFirefly 8 years
I'm a vegetarian so we cook it outside. Although, my mom always cooks it outside too. Inside just seems gross.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
Southern. Dressing. Better. I don't think i've ever had "stuffing." Especially not something with sausage or oysters or cranberries or apples or anything like that. And I LOVE my mama's dressing.
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
My mom's always done it inside, which I will do someday...I like it b/c it soaks up all the turkey's juices, and makes a very flavorful, moist stuffing. I can't imagine having it any other way, but hey, what mom does is best...:)
bugn bugn 8 years
Both! :-) There is so much stuffing that not all will fit in the bird. So some gets stuffed and some gets baked in a side dish pan. Mmm Stuffing is the best part of Thanksgiving Dinner!!!
BRANDYNICOLE730 BRANDYNICOLE730 8 years
I eat Turkey Day at my parent's house every year, and refuse to miss it. They make the best food!! We started making a deep fried turkey a few years back, and they are to die for, but have no place to put the stuffing. So, now every year they make 2 birds. One deep fried, and the other stuffed and baked. Wouldn't miss it for the world. In fact, I request only Thanksgiving off every year, don't care about XMas or New Years.
Diana172 Diana172 8 years
Outside, just... in case. haha.
lms lms 8 years
I have never actually cooked a turkey, but I just put a chicken in the oven and I stuffed it. I have done chicken both inside and outside. I ordered my Turkey from New Orleans this year. It is a Cajun Deep Fried Turkey and I ordered dressing on the side.
ragus ragus 8 years
outside I dont want to risk uncooked food
katiejane24 katiejane24 8 years
I'm with the rest of the Southern contingent...it's dressing, not stuffing, it definitely has a smoother or moister consistency, and it's prepared in massive quantities outside the turkey. I look forward to it allll year long...
DejaVecu DejaVecu 8 years
Both. The dressing (erm...outside dish) has wild rice added too. They wind up getting mixed together at some point.
julieulie julieulie 8 years
DEFINITELY outside -- I don't eat meat, so why would I infuse my delicious stuffing with turkey juices? Nobody has ever complained... and if they do, they can cook their own turkey next year instead of mooching off of mine! (Yes, I cook a full turkey even though I don't eat meat)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I make mine in the slow cooker, frees up the oven for room. 1 cup butter or margarine 2 cups chopped onion 2 cups chopped celery 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 12 ounces sliced mushrooms 12 cups dry bread cubes 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning 1 1/2 teaspoons dried sage 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 4 1/2 cups chicken broth, or as needed 2 eggs, beaten DIRECTIONS Melt butter or margarine in a skillet over medium heat. Cook onion, celery, mushroom, and parsley in butter, stirring frequently. Spoon cooked vegetables over bread cubes in a very large mixing bowl. Season with poultry seasoning, sage, thyme, marjoram, and salt and pepper. Pour in enough broth to moisten, and mix in eggs. Transfer mixture to slow cooker, and cover. Cook on High for 45 minutes, then reduce heat to Low, and cook for 4 to 8 hours.
smorzalli smorzalli 8 years
We always do some inside and then a bunch more outside the bird-- we can't fit enough for all of us inside!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
Both. We mix the inside stuffing up with the outside stuffing. I agree that the inside stuffing is too greasy alone so this way it spreads out the goodness. My mom uses Julia Child's recipe for italian sausage, mushroom, and black olive stuffing. OMG...it is the best!
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 8 years
We do both at our house - a nice, smooth texture from the moist insides of the turkey, and something with a little more crunch from the pan that roasts alongside it. And being in the South, I'm very familiar with the Stuffing/Dressing concept and differences, but since my family is not Southern, we only do stuffing. (I make an amazing stuffing with chestnuts, granny smith apples, and sausage!)
totonlaura totonlaura 8 years
Inside I love it that way..
mbrown81 mbrown81 8 years
I do both, the traditonal inside, then I do a special sausage, apple stuffing in a seperate dish. Both preped the night before.
WildHeavenFarm WildHeavenFarm 8 years
Following Alton Browns instructions, I did the stuffing inside last year, but wasn't able to get them 'synced up', so it's back in the casserole dish. And I'm one that holds to it being "stuffing" in the bird and "dressing" when cooked seperately.
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