It seems that everyone has their own "family/favourite" dressing recipe. My Mom's dressing recipe was probably handed down from her mom and so on. In fact, there never was a "written down" recipe - she just knew how to make it and I was lucky enough to be with her one Christmas while she was making it. I helped her cube the bread and she warned me "don't make the cubes too small" as I was cutting narrow strips. I wrote down the ingredients and approx. measurements as we went along because I wanted to add this recipe to my collection. Here is how I remember her making this tasty dressing that my family loves! There is a secret ingredient that makes this dressing taste unique and wonderful - O.K. I'll tell you - it's the cinnamon!
Mom's Turkey Dressing
Turkey Dressing (for a 10-15 pound turkey)
2 Loaves stale bread – cubed (homemade style bread that comes from our local bakery is best - as in bread that actually goes stale)
½ Cup Lard (can be substituted with oil but mom always used lard)
½ Cup Butter – heat lard first and then add the butter
1 Tbsp. Salt
some seasoned salt
½ tsp. Cinnamon (the secret ingredient that gives it that special Mom flavour)!
1 Cup Chopped onion
1 Cup Chopped celery
Sauté above ingredients till onion and celery are softened (not browned).
Cubed bread – stir over low heat till bread is moistened
Add parsley (approx. 2 Tbsp. Fresh chopped parsley)
Blend together 2-3 Cups milk and 2 beaten eggs. Add this to the dressing stirring constantly. You may add a bit of water if more moisture is needed. Heat through.
Mom warned that you should stuff the turkey for immediate roasting or bake the dressing in a greased casserole dish. Dressing will go sour if not baked immediately.
I sometimes put this right into my crock pot or casserole dish and freeze it until turkey day. I then bake it in the crock pot or oven, adding some of the turkey broth to remoisten.