Last year on The Kitchn, I wrote about my family's Stuffing Smackdown. It was the first annual, and it turned out to be the one and only. The gist of the competition was this: I would make homemade stuffing, my mom would make the only stuffing she deems acceptable (Pepperidge Farm) and we'd have a blind taste test. She won. By a landslide. And truth be told, it wasn't half bad.
But my dad's was always better. My parents are divorced now, so my sisters and I often do Thanksgiving with my dad on Friday and his stuffing is always the star of the meal. So I decided to ask him his secrets and sure enough: it's Pepperidge Farm doctored up with a little leek and mushrooms. Fine. I give up.
With all of the different elements involved in putting together a holiday meal, is it really necessary to make homemade cornbread stuffing when what people really want is the traditional bagged stuffing that has become a delicious standard year after year? We're going bagged stuffing all the way this year. And I'll admit it: I'll be smiling