An Autumn Gift: Mom’s Old Fashioned Dressing Recipe

Dinner waiting to happen

I don’t know what it is about autumn, but it always makes me want to share a recipe with you. Since I’m all about refreshing spirits and nourishing souls, recipes don’t take the stage here very often, but doggone it, a yummy dish of some sort can go a long way to refreshing our spirits, can’t it?

With Thanksgiving just around the corner and with memories of my mom especially dear to me (we lost her one year ago on Oct. 21st), I’d like to share her Old Fashioned Dressing recipe with you. It definitely qualifies as comfort food for me because it reminds me so much of Mom. But for you, even without the memories, it will make a super delicious side dish for your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey.

So here’s an autumn gift from my mom to me to you—my mom’s recipe for dressing:

Old Fashioned Dressing (from the kitchen of Charlene Hoy)

3 1/2 C breadcrumbs
3 1/2 C cornbread crumbs
1 C chopped onion
2 C chopped celery (saute celery and onion)
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp sage
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
2/3 C melted margarine
1 1/3 C milk
1 1/4 C turkey broth
2 eggs slightly beaten

Combine crumbs, onion, celery, and seasonings. Add margarine, milk, broth, and eggs tossing lightly to blend. Stuff loosely into turkey cavity or spread into greased casserole. Bake for 1 hour at 325 degrees. Yield stuffing for 12 pound turkey.

Hope you enjoy this gift handed down from Mom!

“‘Freely you have received, freely give.’” Matthew 10:8b

*What’s one of your favorite dishes for Thanksgiving?

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  1. Hi Cheryl,

    Wow, a year this Oct 21st, huh? Hmm… Words fail. (Silence here with you…?)

    The stuffing looks good, and how neat it must be to smell it fragrant in your kitchen, reminding you of her. Corn bread is a neat addition.

    Blessings to you,
    Jennifer Dougan

  2. Yes, Jennifer, it was a year in October. It was a difficult time to go through, reliving the day of the accident and the days following up through the day of the funeral. I thought maybe once we got through that year milestone that things would somehow feel different, but still my heart aches immediately each time I think of Mom. I think I will probably always miss her and long to see her. How I look forward to our reunion in heaven!

  3. That look delicious Dressing is the best part of thanksgiving! Thank you for sharing your mom’s recipe!

  4. Dressing is my favorite dish–even moreso than the turkey! Thank you for sharing your sweet mama’s recipe. I can’t believe it’s been over a year already. I pray you feel her presence as you continue her traditions.

  5. I don’t remember Grandma’s stuffing – I guess I was too busy eating mashed potatoes and noodles! Thanks for the recipe though, I’d like to give it a try sometime.

    • Yes, I think you would love it, Kristin. Chances are it wasn’t something you wanted to try as a kid because it doesn’t look all that appetizing, but it is super yummy. Remember that picture you took of a plate of Grandma’s Christmas dinner a few years ago? The dressing is on the plate so maybe you did try it and have just forgotten. Look back at the picture.

  6. Cheryl – I love recipes as you know, and this recipe looks absolutely delicious. I love to put sage in stuffing too. It’s a favorite herb for stuffing in Ireland. Thanks for sharing your family recipe.

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