Simple Southern Style Thanksgiving Stuffing
Growing up it was extremely popular to stuff the turkey with stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner. As a child it was my least favorite part of Thanksgiving. Something about the texture and flavor combination just didn’t appeal to me. Then one year, my cousin, who absolutely loved Thanksgiving, brought his mother’s family’s Southern style stuffing recipe and asked our grandma to make it. And let’s just say, after that Thanksgiving we never again stuffed the bird.
This Thanksgiving stuffing recipe is very simple, traditionally Southern and never dry. That’s the best thing about it. How wonderfully moist it is. It’s easy to cook because you don’t have to worry about making your own breadcrumbs or anything like that. It uses store bought bread crumbs (a mix of corn bread and seasoned) and it uses a can a both cream of chicken and cream of celery soup.
Now, I must admit, this is the only time of year I buy these canned soups. If I want something creamy I usually make it from scratch, that way I know all the ingredients in my meal. But there’s something about this stuffing that so amazing I’ll never change the way I make it.
Now this could be in part to the emotional connection I have to the dish. It reminds me of the grandma and my cousin and our Thanksgivings as a family which we don’t really have anymore. Now that everyone is grown up, with their own lives and families we don’t get together as much as we would like. Every time I make this meal I am transported to a simpler time when the family spent most Thanksgivings at my grandparent’s house. It reminds me of a time filled with love and happiness, family card games and old sci-fi movies going in the background. I’m now delighted to make the very same stuffing for my children, who love it just as much.
If you decide to try out this stuffing, you won’t be disappointed. It’s super simple and very tasty. And you can always make it ahead of time and reheat it to make your Thanksgiving Day easier. And may I suggest when you eat it to top it with a little Thanksgiving gravy, it somehow just completes it.