Great Grandma Ella’s Turkey Dressing

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and this year I want to share with you my favorite stuffing recipe. It comes from my Great Grandma Ella and my family has been making it each year at Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember. It is super simple to make and you can double the recipe if you are feeding a large crowd or stuffing a large turkey. 

My Grandma Ella called this “Turkey Dressing,” as it was almost always used to “dress” the turkey. Any remaining dressing was put in a casserole dish and baked in the oven. I choose to cook my dressing in a casserole dish as my turkey is usually filled with other things, like lemons, rosemary, onions and various herbs. But, that’s another recipe. ­čÖé

This recipe has 1 small change from the way my Great Grandma made it. She used white bread bought from the store. I use homemade sourdough bread. Sourdough bread is a traditional food that is actually easier for your body to digest and I like the flavor it gives to my dressing. You can find my homemade sourdough recipe here. I usually make my sourdough bread the day before thanksgiving and then start the dressing the morning of thanksgiving while the turkey is cooking. 

When it comes to the milk and butter, use whole milk and real butter. Skimping here will reduce the flavor and you will be eating an unhealthier version of this recipe. Healthy fats like butter, coconut oil, olive oil. avocado oil, do NOT make you fat. That’s a myth. It actually slows the absorption of sugar into your blood stream, and allows you to feel full and satiated. When you take the fat out of the milk, you are left with milk sugar. The over consumption of processed foods and sugars gets stored as fat and that is what has been causing the epidemic of diabetes and obesity, not healthy fats. When you use imitation (fake) butters like those butter spreads, you are actually eating fat that your body does not recognize as food, and it gets stored in your muscles and adipose tissue. So just go with the REAL good stuff and ENJOY! If you can’t tolerate butter, try using Ghee (clarified butter). You can find our more about healthy fats and traditional foods at the Price Pottenger Foundation.  Follow this Link.

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I hope you and your family enjoy this recipe as much our family has over the years. Wishing you joy, health and abundant happiness as you celebrate this season. 

In health and wellness,

Chris