A Great-Grandmother's Onion-Celery Dressing Recipe

| 12/4/2014 9:10:00 AM

It is time to share one of my favorite holiday dishes: the stuffing, or in this case, the dressing. This is a recipe my mom has made for as long as I can remember, which she got from her grandmother, my great-grandmother. My great-grandmother called it her celery onion dressing, but this is so much more than just onions and celery.

Onion Celery Dressing Recipe

Great-Grandmother's Onion-Celery Dressing

We don’t stuff the turkey with it, which is why we call it dressing, since we serve it on the side. You could stuff a turkey with it, but just remember that it will substantially lengthen the time you have to cook the bird to ensure that it’s safely cooked through.

When I asked my mom for this dressing recipe, she told me she didn’t actually have it written down and just made it from memory. In my opinion, these always seem to be the best recipes, especially when my mom is involved, because she is seriously one of the best cooks ever. I’m not joking. She’s never made a bad meal and she can pull all the leftovers out of the fridge and make the best meal you’ve ever eaten in your life. Of course, she’ll never be able to repeat it again, but you know the next meal will be just as delicious. Even though she always made this recipe by memory, she humored me and wrote it down.


• 1 large round loaf of sourdough or French bread
• 2 yellow onions, chopped
• 3/4 cup mushrooms, chopped (assorted is best—button, crimini—and add some shiitake if you have them)
• 1 pound of spicy HOT sausage (Italian is great)
• About 5 stalks of celery, chopped
• 4-6 large cloves of garlic, minced
• 6-8 eggs, whisked
• 1/2 to 2/3 cup melted butter
• salt and pepper
• 3 tbsp fresh sage, chopped
• 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
• 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
• 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
• 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
• 1/2 tsp curry
• chicken broth
• nuts, cranberries, or apples (optional)

12/10/2014 8:24:41 AM

I haven't made a dressing from scratch that's come out completely to my satisfaction. Will have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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