I can't keep quiet on such a wonderful tradition, it's our favorite family holiday, because everyone shows up for Thanksgiving, at least for our family. I'm almost 60, and maybe out of those years only 3 or 4 were turkey-less, and 5 or 6 with out genuine stuffed turkey stuffing. Our family has one recipe for turkey stuffing, and EVERYONE loves it, including the new members of the family through marriage, who didn't grow up eating Thanksgiving dinner with that dressing.
I totally agree with KYHeirloomer on the food safety thoughts, however if I was a pro chef, serving food commercially I would rather be safe than sorry thus the stuffing would be Outtie style. I also appreciate the KyH uses logic, and shares the logic even if that isn't the method or food the way he cooks it.
siduri - has my kind of taste and food sensibility, plus shares these thoughts with such passion you just know the turkey and dressing will taste GREAT.
Yes IN, good dressing in the bird, why? It simply makes another great dish accompaniment, provided it has good taste, texture, etc, if done right.
We use the roasting bags for turkey, why? They work! No dry over cooked turkey especially if you use meat probes. We make the stuffing and dress the bird immediately then it goes into the oven. So our bird and its stuffing doesn't stay in the danger zone very long. My mom, her mom, and all the women of our family have made the dressing the night before, and no one has gotten sick in my nearly 60 years. That doesn't mean it will not happen, it just means our small test sample covering 100 years + of turkey cooking with same stuffing recipe and maybe 300+ people eating that sinful stuffed bird and dressing never got sick. Hell I even under cooked two turkeys 30+ years ago when first learning to do them in my Weber Kettle (didn't own a thermometer then) and still no one got sick. Like siduri, your lucky to get seconds on stuffing at our table. We have two turkey dinners for thanksgiving, one with the most of the relatives on turkey day, and then on Saturday of that week, we cook another turkey just for our immediate family of 5 not 6 since our son's recent marriage, while we all love our turkey, the stuffing is a star at our table.
When my wife of 33 years and I first got married I cooked the turkey/stuffing, however my wife for the last 20+ years really cooks a super turkey and the stuffing is perfect. The key besides ingredients is the texture going in, and since we all love the stuffing, we pack the bird cavity/neck. You would think it would be that awful stuff everyone complains about, but it isn't.
For our family it isn't thanksgiving without stuffed turkey stuffing....