National Stuffing Day

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2024 DateNovember 21, 2024
2025 DateNovember 21, 2025

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National Stuffing Day History

National Stuffing Day honors one of America's beloved Thanksgiving side dishes. Stuffing is a side dish that is traditionally made by combining bread, herbs, spices, and various other ingredients. The day serves as a reminder to appreciate the deliciousness and versatility of stuffing or dressing.

Stuffing has been an integral part of Thanksgiving feasts for centuries. Its origins can be traced back to ancient Roman and Medieval European cuisines, where stuffing was commonly used to fill poultry. Over time, the recipe for stuffing evolved with different regions and cultures adding their own distinct flavors and ingredients.

On National Stuffing Day, food enthusiasts can celebrate by trying out different stuffing recipes, sharing their favorites, or even hosting stuffing-themed gatherings. The creativity with which stuffing can be prepared is one of its most important aspects. From using unique ingredients and flavors to experimenting with different cooking methods, the possibilities are endless. It is an opportunity for individuals to enjoy this delicious side dish in all its glory and perhaps discover a new favorite recipe. National Stuffing Day falls on November 21st each year, just a few days before Thanksgiving celebrations.

National Stuffing Day facts

  • Stuffing food goes back thousands of years. The western world's oldest cookbook Apicius de re Coquinaria, 830 AD, includes recipes that date back to the 4th century. Some of these recipes involved stuffing chickens, hares, and pigs.
  • According to Reluctant Gourmet, 50% of Americans stuff their Thanksgiving bird with stuffing.
  • Butterball and their Turkey Talk line have helped people cook their Thanksgiving meals for decades. Since they first opened in 1981, they have been the help line for U.S and Canadian families during the months of November and December. They help with turkeys, side dishes, whatever it is they are there to help.
  • The use of stuffing dates as far back as the Roman Empire, where it was included in the Roman cookbook Apicius de re Coquinaria.

Top things to do for National Stuffing Day

  • Make your own stuffing. Some popular foods to use in stuffing are herbs, sauage, and fruits like apples or cranberries.
  • Host a potluck everyone brings a different type of stuffing. It can be a good opportunity to try some new combinations of stuffing.
  • Donate non-perishable foods or canned goods to help feed those in need.
  • Consider giving back by volunteering at a local food bank, soup kitchen, or community center. Help prepare and distribute meals for those in need, including stuffing as a special addition.
  • Tune in to cooking shows or search online for stuffing recipes and cooking tutorials. Learn new techniques, try innovative stuffing variations, and get inspiration for your next Thanksgiving meal.

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