Growing up in my parents’ house, my mom always stuffed the turkey with the traditional sage dressing. When I got married and my wife and I would go to my in-laws’ house, my mother in-law never stuffed her turkey. She always baked her dressing separately. I must confess they were both moist and tender. The only difference was the cooking time. If you must stuff your turkey, take great care to cook everything to safe temperatures.
- It’s essential to check the temperature of the stuffing as well as the turkey. The stuffing must reach a temperature of at least 170 degrees F. This may mean the turkey should reach a temperature of 180 degrees F.
- Do not stuff the turkey ahead of time!
- Pack the stuffing loosely, so it will cook thoroughly inside the bird.