Stuffing is a major player in the world of Thanksgiving. Let’s face it: chicken and turkey can pop up any time of the year, but when we want to dress those birds up, there’s just no substitute for some good ol’ car by-filling. Even better, stuffing comes in all shapes and sizes. There are no hard and fast rules about what constitutes it—it can be bread, any bread, rice, quinoa, and even matzo. There’s only one hard and fast stuffing rule: mix some ingredients, stuff it inside a cavity of another food item, and voila! Make no bones about it—it’s delicious. That’s why, on November 21, we celebrate National Stuffing Day!
National Stuffing Day Timeline
2nd century B.C
Much Ado About Stuffing
A chef named Apicius created recipes for stuffed rabbits, chicken and even dormouse in his cookbook “Apicius de re Coquinaria.”
Stuffing Turkey became a regular staple for the Thanksgiving Day meal.
Making Thanksgiving more delicious
Ruth Siems made life easier and Turkey more delicious with ‘Stove Top Stuffing.’
November 21, 2005
National Stuffing Day
National Stuffing Day seems to have started in 2005 as a promotion for stuffing and is now observed annually with great zeal.
National Stuffing Day Activities
- Have a stuffing-tasting party
- Invite friends or family to come for a stuffing-tasting party. Not only can others pre-test their stuffing, but a whole group of people can also benefit from it! Plus, who ever argued with getting to try lots of stuffing varieties? One of your friends might have your next great holiday recipe.
- Make a stuffing you’ve always wanted to try.
- There’s a whole world of stuffing out there, yet we only tend to make it for the holidays. Today’s the day to stray away from that boring turkey stuffing and try other varieties. If anyone in your family turns up their nose, tell them you made it all for yourself, and you’re not sharing!
- Get inspired
- Go back into vintage Julia-Child-Land and watch her make stuffing. Go to your favourite food blogger’s page and see what they have kicking in the recipe department! There’s no shortage of places to look for stuffing inspiration. So get onto that internet and go crazy.
Why We Love National Stuffing Day
- It’s a practice session.
- With Thanksgiving just around the corner, today is the day to perfect your stuffing recipe. Making traditional apple and onion stuffing? Use today to hone your ratios of caramelized onions to tart apples to thyme. Or, if you’re hosting a holiday for the first time, test that fabulous stuffing recipe before it’s too late.
- There’s an endless variety of stuffing recipes.
- Do you want a simple formula for making stuffing? Here it is: Start with a grain, add liquid and fat, spices and herbs and something with flavour and texture. For example, start with cooked rice, add chicken stock, season with thyme, garlic, marjoram, salt and pepper and add dried cherries and cranberries with a sprinkling of chopped walnuts. Stuff the whole mixture into pork chops, and you have stuffed pork chops! Are you more of a traditionalist? Start with cubed stale bread; add turkey stock and melted butter. Throw in some rosemary and parsley, and cube some apples for texture. Mix and stuff the entire mixture into your favourite member of the fowl family. Roast and relax until dinner is ready!
- It’s a great way to use up leftovers.
- You’ll need some serious refrigerator space with the holidays on the way. Stuffing is a great way to use up some of the leftovers taking up valuable refrigerator real estate. Take those croutons left over from last week’s salad, a little butter, those sad-looking celery stalks and half an onion and mix it using a little hot water and stuff them into those red peppers that are going to go bad if you don’t use them soon. Pop the whole thing into a casserole dish with a little olive oil on top and bake in a hot oven, and no one will ever guess that last night’s leftovers have become tonight’s dinner. You’re a culinary superstar!