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Massachusetts’ favorite Thanksgiving side dish is easier to master than you think

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FROM CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL INCLUDING ONE TIP THAT MIGHT BE CONTROVERSIAL AT YOUR HOLIDAY TABLE. >> WE’RE HERE IN THE HEART OF BOSTON INSIDE THE MILK STREET KITCHEN WITH THE FOUNDER, CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL. CHRIS THANK YOU SO MUCH, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT MY FAVORITE SIDE DISH FOR THANKSGIVING, STUFFING. >> WELL YOU CAN JUST MAKE STUFFING AND FORGET ABOUT, DO YOU REALLY NEED TO MAKE A TURKEY, I MEAN REALLY WELL FIRST THING IS YOU DON’T WANT TO STUFF THE TURKEY. BECAUSE UNTIL THE STUFFING COMES UP TO TEMPERATURE YOU CAN’T TAKE THE TURKEY OUT OF THE OVEN. SO IT’S ABOUT 40 MINUTES AT 375 AND YOU CAN REALLY USE ALMOST ANYTHING AS STUFFING. WE ACTUALLY MADE THIS WITH WHAT WAS LEFT IN OUR REFRIGERATOR LAST NIGHT. WE HAD SOME WE HAD SOME BREAD WE — WE HAD SOME BREAD AND SOME CELERY. WE HAD SOME LEEKS, WE HAD SOME MUSHROOMS, THROW IT ALL TOGETHER AND JUST SHOVE IT IN THE OVEN. SO IT’S REALLY NOT HARD A LITTLE — HARD TO BRING IT TOGETHER. >> A RECENT SURVEY CAME OUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY ASK PEOPLE WHAT’S THEIR FAVORITE THANKSGIVING SIDE? MASSACHUSETTS. OUR FAVORITE THING WAS STUFFING BUT NATIONALLY IT WAS MASHED POTATOES. SO WHO’S GOT IT RIGHT? >> WE’RE IN MASSACHUSETTS AREN’T WE? JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE’RE NOT SOMEWHERE ELSE. >> I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE YOU AGREE I GUESS WITH OUR PEOPLE. >> THE MASHED POTATOES IS LIKE THE TURKEY. IT’S SORT OF ITS PASSIVE. IT DOESN’T HAVE A TON OF FLAVOR. JUST SUPPOSED TO PUT THE GRAVY ON THOSE. YOU PUT GRAVY ON THOSE BECAUSE THEY’RE KIND OF BLAND, RIGHT? SO YOU WANT TO HAVE SOME FLAVOR. STUFFING’S NOT BLAND. I MEAN I LOVE A CORNBREAD STUFFING PERSONALLY, BUT YOU KNOW STUFFING IS INFINITELY CREATIVE. YOU DON’T NEED A RECIPE REALLY AND YOU CLEAN OUT YOUR FRIDGE AND MAKE STUFFING. >> IF PEOPLE ARE STRESSED ABOUT THANKSGIVING, WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR EITHER FIRST TIMERS PEOPLE WHO DO THIS ALL THE YEARS JUST IN GENERAL, WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE GOING INTO THE BIG DAY? >> MAKE HALF AS MANY DISHES AS YOU’RE PLANNING? LIKE NOBODY EVER GOT UP FROM THANKSGIVING AND SAID, YOU KNOW, THERE WERE NOT ENOUGH THINGS ON THE TABLE. SO MAKE SOME MASHED POTATOES, TURKEY, SOME STUFFING ONE SIDE AND MAKE ONE DESSERT AND THEN YOU DON’T HAVE TO MAKE 4 PIES. PEOPLE TRY TO DO TOO MUCH. AND THEN BY THE TIME THEY GET TO THE MEAL, THEY’RE DRUNK, THEY’RE EXHAUSTED. THEY’RE SWEATING, AND THEY’RE IN A TERRIBLE MOOD. I MEAN, YOU WANT TO ENJOY YOUR FAMILY. SO I WOULD SAY REDUCE THE NUMBER OF DISHES JUST KEEP IT SIMPLE. MATT: I HAVE NO DOUBT THIS IS GOING TO TASTE GOOD BUT I CAN TELL YOU RIGHT NOW, SMELLS FANTASTIC. And I was right. DOUG: NOBODY EAT LIKE MATT REED DOES. ANTOINETTE: I’M GLAD HE IS GETTING FED. THAT IS TRUE, MAKE HALF OF WHAT YOU PLAN ON. DOUG: PEOPLE TRY TO MAKE THE PERFECT EVENT. RELAX A LITTLE BIT, COOK A LITTLE LESS AND ENJOY THE DAY. THE STUFFING, PEOPLE PUT OYSTERS IN THEM

Massachusetts’ favorite Thanksgiving side dish is easier to master than you think

Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, it’s a Thanksgiving staple, and a recent survey found that it is Massachusetts’ favorite side dish during the holidays. Christopher Kimball, founder of Milk Street in Boston, has some tips for your Thanksgiving meal. “Well, you can just make stuffing and forget about it. Do you really need to make a turkey, I mean really? Well first thing is you don’t want to stuff the turkey because until the stuffing comes up to temperature you can’t take the turkey out of the oven,” he said. Kimball said you can use anything for the base of your stuffing. “We actually made this with what was left in our refrigerator. Last night we had some we had some bread we had some celery, we had some leeks, we had some mushrooms, throw it all together and just shove it in the oven. So, it’s really not hard — a little egg to bind it and a little broth to bring it together,” Kimball said. Although stuffing is the Bay State’s favorite side dish, mashed potatoes take the top spot nationwide. “The mashed potatoes are like the turkey. It’s sort of passive. It doesn’t have a ton of flavor. Just supposed to put the gravy on those. You put gravy on those because they’re kind of bland, right? So, you want to have some flavor. Stuffing’s not bland. I mean, I love a cornbread stuffing, personally, but you know stuffing is infinitely creative. You don’t need a recipe really and you clean out your fridge and make stuffing,” Kimball said. Kimball had some advice for people making their first holiday meal. “Make half as many dishes as you’re planning? Like nobody ever got up from Thanksgiving and said, ‘You know, there weren’t enough things on the table.’ So, make some mashed potatoes, turkey, some stuffing one side and make one dessert and then you don’t have to make four pies. People try to do too much. and then by the time they get to the meal, they’re drunk, they’re exhausted. they’re sweating, and they’re in a terrible mood. I mean, you want to enjoy your family, so I would say reduce the number of dishes. Just keep it simple.”

Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, it’s a Thanksgiving staple, and a recent survey found that it is Massachusetts’ favorite side dish during the holidays.

Christopher Kimball, founder of Milk Street in Boston, has some tips for your Thanksgiving meal.

“Well, you can just make stuffing and forget about it. Do you really need to make a turkey, I mean really? Well first thing is you don’t want to stuff the turkey because until the stuffing comes up to temperature you can’t take the turkey out of the oven,” he said.

Kimball said you can use anything for the base of your stuffing.

“We actually made this with what was left in our refrigerator. Last night we had some we had some bread we had some celery, we had some leeks, we had some mushrooms, throw it all together and just shove it in the oven. So, it’s really not hard — a little egg to bind it and a little broth to bring it together,” Kimball said.

Although stuffing is the Bay State’s favorite side dish, mashed potatoes take the top spot nationwide.

“The mashed potatoes is like the turkey. It’s sort of passive. It doesn’t have a ton of flavor. Just supposed to put the gravy on those. You put gravy on those because they’re kind of bland, right? So, you want to have some flavor. Stuffing’s not bland. I mean, I love a cornbread stuffing, personally, but you know stuffing is infinitely creative. You don’t need a recipe really and you clean out your fridge and make stuffing,” Kimball said.

Kimball had some advice for people making their first holiday meal.

“Make half as many dishes as you’re planning? Like nobody ever got up from Thanksgiving and said, ‘You know, there weren’t enough things on the table.’ So, make some mashed potatoes, turkey, some stuffing one side and make one dessert and then you don’t have to make four pies. People try to do too much. and then by the time they get to the meal, they’re drunk, they’re exhausted. they’re sweating, and they’re in a terrible mood. I mean, you want to enjoy your family, so I would say reduce the number of dishes. Just keep it simple.”

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