This is a recipe traditional to my family's Thanksgiving. It has been handed down from my great-grandma.
Step 1: Ingredients
- 2 loaves of bread
- 3-4 ribs of celery
- Broth (matched to meat dressing is prepared with) amount varies with dryness of bread
- 1 medium onion
- 3 raw eggs
- 3 hard-boiled eggs
Step 2: Preparing the Bread
Rip the bread into bite size pieces and lay across a baking sheet in a flat layer. Allow the bread to air dry until crunchy. It can also be placed in a hot, but turned off oven to remove moisture. Once this is done, begin preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
Step 3: Preparing the Boiled Eggs
Boil 3 eggs.
Place the eggs in a cold pan of water and turn heat to high and let the water begin to boil.
Once the water begins to boil, time the eggs to boil for 10 minutes.
Then remove the pan from the heat and place the pan in the sink.
Fill the pan with cold water and let the eggs cool until they are able to be handled.
Peel the eggs and chop eggs into preferred size. This can be made as chunky or as fine as preferred.
Step 4: Celery and Onion
Next, chop the onion and celery into desired size pieces.
My family prefers the celery to be chopped very thinly, but it depends on your family.
Before cutting the celery, make sure to wash it well and chop off both of the ends.
Step 5: Mixing Dry Ingredients
Now, combine the bread, vegetables, and hard-boiled eggs in a large bowl (I use a 7.8 L).
If everything doesn’t fit, combine half the dry ingredients now.
Step 6: Adding Wet Ingredients and Molding
Begin adding the liquid, raw eggs, and seasonings to taste.
As you add the liquid, the dry ingredients will begin to compact.
If you only used half the ingredients in the last step, continue to add dry ingredients in this step as space becomes available in the bowl.
Then, continue to add broth until the mixture is the consistency of meatloaf.
All the ingredients should hold together in a solid form.
Step 7: Pan Prep and Baking
Next, spray a baking dish with pam or butter if preferred. A non-stick baking dish will also work.
Fill pan with mixture. Make sure to evenly spread the mixture throughout the pan to ensure equal baking.
Place the dish in the oven and bake uncovered for one hour at 350 degrees.
Everything should be solid and most of the moisture should be out of the dish.
The top will be slightly dark, but it is just the bread being cooked.
Step 8: You're Done and Enjoy!
You’re now done!
Leftovers can be kept in a sealed container or bag.