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Avoid fowl taste: Best bets for making yummy dressing (or stuffing)

Posted November 17

The turkey. The gravy. The stuffing – or is it dressing?

Some say the delectable side is stuffing if it's cooked inside the turkey and dressing if it's cooked outside.

Either way, it's a favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal for many people. But if you don't have time to make it from scratch, stuffing – or dressing – options are bountiful.

Consumer Reports tried nine popular brands and whipped up recipes using unsalted butter and low-sodium chicken broth. Some mixes called for chopped veggies.

Five of the mixes were in the herb or chicken category.

Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Classic Stuffing was a flavorful white and whole wheat bread stuffing.

Testers say Stove Top's Lower Sodium Stuffing Mix for chicken was a good base easily kicked up a notch with fresh carrots, apples or water chestnuts.

Pepperidge Farm also took the top slot in the second category with its Classic Cornbread Stuffing. It has a slightly grainy, cornmeal texture and flavors that came through.

Consumer Reports recommends cooking stuffing separate from the turkey to prevent bacteria from invading the dish.

Those looking for a gluten-free option should try Aleias Gluten Free Savory Stuffing Mix, which calls for the addition of fresh carrots, onions and celery.

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