How to Make a Dressing Stick Together


End the age-old debate of dressing or stuffing served at Thanksgiving by noting that dressing cooks outside the bird in a separate dish while stuffing cooks in the turkey cavity. Since the dressing does not have the protection of the turkey around it, it has a greater chance of drying out during cooking, causing it to fall apart when served rather than hold together. Similar to a bread pudding, dressing uses bread crumbs or cubes baked into a casserole. Well-made dressings have ingredients that lump together, taste moist and can be scooped out of a dish without falling apart. To make the ingredients in the dressing stick together you need a binding agent. Look no farther than your refrigerator for what your need to make a moist, solid dressing instead of a dry, crumbly dish of toasted crumbs. Save your sides by adding the necessities to your dressing for the proper texture.

Step 1

Prepare the dressing mix according to your recipe, adding enough gravy or broth so the dressing maintains its shape when pressed into a ball.

Step 2

Beat one egg per every 4 cups of bread used in the recipe and stir it into the ingredients.

Step 3

Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 4

Transfer the dressing mixture to the sprayed dish and spread out into an even layer.

Step 5

Pour the remaining broth or gravy over the dressing to maintain the moisture as it bakes.

Step 6

Cover the dish and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 40 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 165 degrees Fahrenheit when inserted into the center of the dressing.

Things You'll Need

  • ½ cups broth, gravy or water per 3 cups bread crumbs or cubes
  • 1 whole eggs per 4 cups bread crumbs or cubes used
  • Baking dish
  • Cooking spray
  • Aluminum foil
  • Meat thermometer


  • Recipe Tips: How to Make Stuffing

Who Can Help

  • Cooks: Dressing Recipes
Keywords: stuffing, thanksgiving, turkey dressing

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Athena Hessong began her freelance writing career in 2004. She draws upon experiences and knowledge gained from teaching all high school subjects for seven years. Hessong earned a Bachelor in Arts in history from the University of Houston.

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