Are Stuffing And Garmenting The Same Thing, Or Not?

Every year around November, the same old question resurfaces: what exactly is the difference between stuffing and dressing? And every year we believe it to be a simple answer: stuffing is what you call that delicious mix of bread( with aromatics and other fills) that’s cooked inside the bird, and dressing is what you call it when you cook that same bread concoction outside of the bird.

While this is mostly true, regrettably the answer is not as clear cut as that.

It turns out we use different words based on what region we live in , no matter what ingredients we use, or whether we stuff the bird or not.

Most differences in regional recipes are a result of what’s available locally oyster dressing is popular in coastal regions, cornbread stuffing is popular in the South, and sourdough stuffing is big in Northern California.

In the South, it’s typically referred to as dressing. In the Northeast, it’s almost always stuffing. In Pennsylvania Dutch Country, it’s actually called filling and is mixed with mashed potatoes. In the rest of the country, it’s largely referred to as stuffing, but not always. There’s one state north of the Mason Dixon line that prefers the term dressing, and that’s Iowa.

Despite the South’s affection for garmenting, often period in those states it’s also called stuffing. According to Epicurious, the only states that searched for dressing recipes over stuffing recipes were Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

The term for stuffing is pretty self-explanatory it’s used to stuff the cavity of a bird. But dressing? Apparently that’s a result of politesse. Stuffing simply wasn’t a nice term, and Southerners didn’t want to use it.( Just like some of them prefer to call grits hominy .)

In other terms, call it what you want use the term interchangeably if you please. Just make sure you eat lots of it. Here are some recipes to make sure you get that done this Thanksgiving.

1 Butternut Squash And Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Half Baked Harvest

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2 Spicy Chorizo Cornbread Sage Dressing

Boulder Locavore

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3 Cranberry And Walnut Stuffing

Foodie Crush

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4 Southern Cornbread Dressing

Spicy Southern Kitchen

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5 Slow Cooker Cranberry Pecan Stuffing

Damn Delicious

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6 Buffalo Cheddar Beer Bread Stuffing

Half Baked Harvest

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7 Traditional Bread Stuffing

Brown Eyed Baker

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8 Farro, Butternut Squash, Sausage And Dried Cherry Stuffing

Foodie Crush

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9 Bacon Stuffing

Buns in my Oven

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10 Challah, Mushroom And Celery

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11 Kale, Dried Porcini Mushroom And Pine Nut Stuffing

Cafe Johnsonia

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12 Southwest Cornbread Chorizo Stuffing with Avocado

Handle The Heat

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13 Cast Iron Cornbread Stuffing With Leeks, Sausage And Pears

Escapade in Cooking

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14 Pretzel Bread Quinoa Stuffing With Garlic Butter Mushrooms

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15 Cornbread Sausage Stuffing With Leeks, Pecans And Dried Cranberries( Gluten-Free)

Cafe Johnsonia

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16 Simple Vegan Stuffing

Minimalist Baker

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17 Sheet Pan Stuffing With Brussels Sprouts And Pancetta

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18 Southwest Cornbread Stuffing

A Spicy Perspective

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19 Stuffing In A Bundt Pan

A Spicy Perspective

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20 Bacon And Bourbon Stuffing

A Beautiful Mess

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21 Thanksgiving Stuffing Muffins

Feasting At Home

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22 Pumpkin Cornbread Stuffing With Country Sausage And Sage

The View From The Great Island

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23 Prune And Apple Stuffing

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24 Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout, And Bread Stuffing With Apples

Food5 2

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25 Cornbread Stuffing With Green Chiles

Bella Eats

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26 Savory Leek Bread Pudding

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27 Quinoa, Sweet Potato And Dried Cranberry Stuffing

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28 Sourdough Parmesan Artichoke Stuffing

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29 Pancetta And Sage Stuffing Muffins

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