Thanksgiving is the perfect excuse to put ideas about dieting out of your mind. It is a time to enjoy the wonderful tastes of food, to savor recipes that are handed down from one generation to the next and also to try some new recipes as well. There are a couple of Thanksgiving dressing recipes that sound too good to pass up and good enough to be shared.

Thanksgiving meat dressing:

  • 4 pounds of ground beef, browned and drained.
  • 2 pounds sweet Italian sausage, removed from casing, browned and crumbled.
  • 1 large onion and two stalks celery diced. Saute in skillet with margarine until soft.

Small amount of salt pork, chopped and browned.

  • 10 slices white bread
  • Bells seasoning.

Combine the cooked ground beef, sausage, salt pork, onion and celery in a large bowl. Mix ingredients well. In a small bowl place ten slices of white bread, pour water on the bread until moistened. Add 2 tablespoons Bells seasoning to the bread. With your hands mix seasoning into bread while breaking bread apart. Add bread mixture into large bowl with the meat. Using your hands mix well.

Thanksgiving Cornbread Dressing

Traditional Cornbread Dressing

This can be made a day ahead of time and baked in a 325 degree oven, covered for 40 minutes before serving, or you may stuff the turkey. If stuffing the bird,take dressing out immediately after taking it out of the oven.

Quick and easy bread stuffing:

  • Leftover bread cut into cups, you will need enough to make about four cups.
  • 2 cups water boiled with two tablespoons margarine or butter.

Add 2 tablespoons onion flakes, two tablespoons chicken bullion, and 1 tablespoon Bells seasoning, to the boiling water.

  • Reduce heat and let the water and seasoning mixture simmer for 3 minutes.
    Remove from the heat and add the bread cubes. Toss to moisten the bread.
    Let sit for five minutes before serving.

Both recipes can be doubled to make more. They are both delicious and will have guests coming back for seconds. You can substitute chicken broth for the water in the bread stuffing if desired, skip the chicken bullion if you do that. You can also add additional seasonings that you may like, such as Rosemary or Thyme. Take these basic recipes and make them your own by using seasonings and flavors that you and your family enjoy. That is what Thanksgiving is all about, family and friends being Thankful for the great dinner and wonderful company they are sharing it with.