10 Weird Ingredients People Put in Thanksgiving Dressing
Or is it stuffing?
What you call the dish varies based on where you live. It’s fairly common for Southerners to make dressing for their turkey, while Northerners prepare stuffing — and there’s a small part of Pennsylvania where turkeys are stuffed with “filling” [source: Butler]. The stuffing versus dressing (versus filling) debate rages on, and despite it being basically the same dish no matter what you call it, chances are pretty good that what you stuff into your annual Thanksgiving turkey (or prepare on the side) won’t be the same recipe as your best friend’s or your neighbor’s — or maybe even your own family members’.
People have been stuffing poultry since ancient times — the Romans and Arabs are both thought to have stuffed birds with mixtures of bread, herbs and spices. Today’s stuffings are frequently prepared on the side instead of in the bird to reduce roasting time and avoid uneven cooking. They’re often bread- or cornbread-based, but depending on where you’re from, you might expect ingredients ranging from oysters to popcorn to … Twinkies?