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Basic bread stuffing

Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields Stuffs 1 (12- to 14-pound) turkey, about 10 to 12 servings
Basic bread stuffing
(Larry Crowe / Associated Press)
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Simple but not simplistic, this is classic stuffing: toothsome, chewy, crispy and soft; just moist enough to not be soggy; rich with texture and the flavors of poultry, aromatics and herbs; and seasoned just right. As the name implies, it is the basis from which all other stuffings are derived.

Baking it inside the bird is traditional but cooking it to a food-safe 165 degrees often means cooking the bird to over 185, which translates to overdone, dry turkey. Instead, bake it in a buttered casserole at 325 for 30 to 45 minutes, until heated through. Technically it is then dressing but, whatever you call it, it will always be delicious.

From the story: The Basic Stuffed Turkey

1

Melt butter in large stockpot. Add onion and celery and cook until vegetables are tender but not browned.

2

Add to bread cubes in large bowl. Add salt, pepper, sage and parsley, and toss until well mixed. Add turkey stock and blend well.

3

Bake any excess stuffing in lightly greased casserole at 325 degrees until heated through, about 30 to 45 minutes.