Stuffing cooked inside a turkey benefits from the flavor and moisture of the drippings. We wanted to find a way to rich, moist, "meaty" stuffing cooked outside the turkey.
Why This Recipe Works
Tasters liked the slight sweetness of white sandwich bread for our Bread Stuffing, but felt the texture was wrong. Toasting the bread in the oven first made it sturdy enough to absorb plenty of flavorful liquid without becoming soggy (and as an added bonus, the bread tasted better). To concentrate flavor, we reduced chicken broth with sautéed onions, celery, and herbs. We also turned to soy sauce, an ingredient we’ve used in other recipes to mimic meatiness. Just a little gave the stuffing an intense savory flavor similar to that of stuffing cooked inside a turkey. To add more richness, we took a cue from bread pudding recipes and tested various types of dairy. Whole milk was too thin, and heavy cream was too fatty, but half-and-half made our stuffing rich and moist.