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It’s Stacy–Health Eats: Stuffing or dressing

Stuffing or Dressing

Is it called stuffing or dressing at your house? Please do not throw away those bread heels or stale bread. That is what my great-grandmother, Arizona Henry, would tell me. I liked to feed the birds and the Jim’s Town neighborhood feral cats with the extra bread. Since Grandma went through the Great Depression, nothing was wasted at our house or fed to the strays. She kept a bread baggie in the freezer, and we just kept adding old bread to it until we got enough for a pan of dressing.

It was dressing at Grandma’s house. Dressing is a side dish that goes well with any menu and is cheap. It costs pennies to make, and your family will surely love eating this dressing recipe. There’s not much nutritional value, so eat in moderation and with other healthy side dishes such as non-starchy vegetables like carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.


Stuffing or Dressing

1 large onion, chopped small

4 ribs of celery, chopped small

2/3 cup butter

1 ½ tsp. poultry seasoning

½ tsp. pepper

12 cups of bread broken into cubes, dried

3-4 cups chicken broth with 2 bouillon cubes

  1. In a skillet, melt butter.
  2. Add onions, celery, and seasoning to melted butter and cook until tender.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cubed bread and onion mixture.
  4. Pour broth until mixture is moist, not soggy.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Stacy Schultz is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, a former Morgan County Commissioner and is the author of “It’s Stacy’s Grandma ‘Zona’s recipes” and “Great Grandma Zona’s Wisdom & recipes: Comfort food made easy.” She has been in healthcare for 35 years at War Memorial Hospital.