Ok in this week’s MMP someone mentioned a stuffing/dressing recipe that used eggs and apparently some people knew about it and used them in theirs and a lot of us were of the"eggs in stuffing what the hell ?"
so I decided to see how widespread this is
There’s room for variations of stuffing. Different herbs and spices. Cornbread vs. wheat bread. In the bird or outside of the bird. The liquid being water vs. broth of various sorts. Butter or margarine or neither. Homemade vs. from the box. With giblets, sausage, some other kind of meat, or vegan. Stove top or oven. All are legitimate differences and up for debate.
I voted that I’ve heard of it and don’t use it; but I think I have done it, at least once, in years past. Probably when I wanted to stuff some sort of bird and didn’t have either milk or broth to hand.
I may have been a little too strong in my previous post. There’s a key question that needs to be clarified. Are we talking about using eggs as part of a mixture to dredge bread crumbs or some other similar usage? Or are we talking about chopping up some hard boiled eggs or chunks of scrambled eggs and mixing that in? The former makes some sense, the latter doesn’t sound pleasant at all.
I voted that use them in mine, and I was meaning hard boiled eggs. My recipe uses the whole egg of one, and just the yolks of two, all of them mashed. My family’s dressing has always had eggs in it, and I feel a little ripped off if I’m served cornbread dressing that doesn’t use them.
My MIL was born in Texas and raised in Louisiana. I learned how to make cornbread dressing from her. It’s broken up homemade cornbread (no sugar, that is "Johnny Cake) chopped green onions, lots of chicken broth, and about 5 chopped hard boiled eggs. It took me years to acquire a taste for it, but now I love it. I hypothesize that the eggs “filled” out the dish as it was probably poorer people eating it. Most people around here don’t like it.
I also make basic bread stuffing that goes in the turkey. Bread, onion, celery, sage, salt, pepper, and broth. No eggs. I pretty much make two different meals for TG and Xmas.
The recipe on the bag of stuffing mix i just bought calls for a raw egg. That seems normal to me. Having chunks of hard-boiled egg in the stuffing is something I’ve never seen. I’m not a huge stuffing fan, so i guess i don’t feel strongly about it one way or the other. But it would be different.