Stuffing on the inside of the turkey or outside?
That’s the Facebook question I posed to my friends recently and I was overwhelmed at the number of passionate turkey-stuffing, turkey-stuffing-loving responses I received.
The consensus was that stuffing needs to be cooked inside the bird so that the juices provide flavour, and there’s never enough stuffing so you need to also make some extra and cook it outside the bird.
Note to self: If you cook it outside the turkey, do you still call it stuffing?
Along with all of the responses about the stuffing, friends also shared tricks on how they cook their turkey for maximum tasty results.
There was a cordial back and forth of non-partisan commenting; no one took offence when someone said they didn’t eat stuffing or didn’t like stuffing. No one got angry and threatened to call PETA about the plight of the turkey. No one argued that one type of preparation was better than the other. It was all incredibly civil.
The Facebook stream of conversation could have very well went like this:
Me: “Hey friends! Stuffing cooked INSIDE the bird or OUTSIDE the bird?”
• “We don’t make stuffing – we only eat KETO. Do you know how many carbohydrates are in stuffing?”
• “KETO is a dangerous diet! I almost died following the Keto diet! You are crazy if you follow a Keto diet!”
• “Are you calling me crazy?”
• “We like to cook our stuffing inside the turkey.”
• “How can you even eat turkey? We need to all switch to plant-based diets to combat global warming.”
• “Seriously Karen, it’s just a question about stuffing, no need to get yourself all wound up. Anyway, I think the media is perpetuating all this panic about global warming — it’s fake news!”
• “I make a Turducken for Christmas dinner so there is no room for stuffing.”
• “What’s a Turducken?”
• “You stuff a chicken into a duck and then stuff that all into a turkey!”
• “That is the most disgusting thing I have ever heard!”
• “Three different types of poultry? It must be nice to work in the oilfield and make the big bucks to be able to afford to make something like that.”
• “I am voting first past the post.”
• “That was last week’s question dumb-dumb. This week she is asking about turkey stuffing!”
Judy Kucharuk is a lover of sarcasm, witty people and footnotes. Follow her @judylaine