Stuffing is Inferior to Dressing—for Two Big Reasons

It’s always a hardy debate, but social media this holiday season seems to show an even bigger uproar than usual over the ongoing war between dressing fans and stuffing fans.

Before we go on, I must admit that I am a dressing fan. So yes, I am extremely biased. That said, it’s still very clear that stuffing is inferior to dressing.  And there are two main reasons:

Stuffing Produces Small Portion Sizes

If you’ve ever fooled with a turkey before, you know there isn’t much room inside a turkey for much of anything other than a free packet of liver. Despite this, our northern friends swear that stuffing must happen so stuffing happens.  But when it’s crunch time, how much stuffing can a family really share together?

There’s enough room inside a turkey for maybe three people to eat stuffing. That may be good enough for the North, but that’s disrespectful down South. Not only can those three people not get second helpings, but no one else can even get a taste. This is especially disheartening since everyone knows that a proper Thanksgiving dish must be big enough to feed 15 people twice.

Stuffing inside the bird - just so disappointing

Stuffing inside the bird – just so disappointing.

Stuffing Ingredients are Too Distinguishable

Some people will argue that stuffing doesn’t have to be inside the bird to be considered stuffing.  That may be true, but that goes to show that dressing and stuffing really aren’t the same thing. If you ever really look at stuffing long enough, it becomes abundantly clear that it really is nothing like dressing—even if it’s in a casserole dish or giant aluminum pan. The main reason? The ingredients, which don’t seem to include cornbread or cornmeal, are too flipping big.

Look at the stuffing photo below.  Notice how held together the white bread seems to be.  It looks like someone just ripped that bread apart and threw it in oven at the very last minute before dinner time.

Dressing, on the other hand, takes time. And the ingredients are so intertwined that you can’t tell what’s what anymore. Like an award-winning concert band, dressing is all in one accord.

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Stuffing – on a sad family dinner table somewhere up north.