A Stuffing Smackdown: The Quest for the Perfect Recipe

My family has a thing with stuffing. Both of my parents, while normally quite sophisticated cooks, are convinced that the Pepperidge Farms bagged stuffing is the only way to go. But I know there's something else out there. This year, I'm going to need your help to find it.

This will mark the third annual Gordon family stuffing smackdown. My mom dutifully pulls out the trusty bag of dried bread crumbs and carton of chicken broth and I get going on what turns out to be a long process of making homemade cornbread, chopping fresh herbs, doing a test-batch in the morning, and feeling pretty darn hopeful come time for dinner. Before everyone sits down, we hold a blind taste test and votes are placed and counted for that year's favorite recipe. Pepperidge Farms has taken home the gold each year, and I can't let it happen again. From herb and apple stuffing to oyster brioche stuffing, there's got to be a something else out there. But maybe simpler is better. Maybe stuffing is just one of those classics that begs not to be messed with. I don't know; I'm stuck with only a few weeks to decide which recipe I'll tackle this year, and I'd love to hear about your tried-and-true stuffing solutions.

What are your family's favorite stuffing recipes?

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