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Oatmeal Dressing - Not haggis

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by Tipacanoe, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. Tipacanoe

    Tipacanoe Thread Starter

    Feb 7, 2001
    Roast Chicken (or Turkey) with Oatmeal Dressing

    This is the kind of dressing that was featured at all of the Thanksgivings and Christmases that I have ever celebrated. It is my mother's recipe, handed dow. The original recipe did not call for olive oil but simply for salted butter. I decided, in interest of our health, to use half olive oil and half sweet butter and I can't say that I've noticed a difference in taste at all.

    I happen to prefer capons to turkeys so we always get as many capons as is necessary for the company - takes a little less time to prepare too.

    One recipe is enough for a 2 or 3 lb bird so for capons which are usually larger you might want to adjust accordingly..

    NB: Contrary to popular belief of people who have not tried this, the dressing is not like porridge or - horrors - haggis - at all!


    1 capon

    ¼ c. olive oil
    ¼ c. butter
    1 medium onion, chopped finely
    1 c. dry bread crumbs (fine)
    1 c. oatmeal, (not rolled oats but what we used to call Scotch oatmeal, ie cut not rolled)
    6 Tbsp fresh savory leaves, chopped (1 Tbsp dried savory)
    2 Tbsp fresh sage leaves, chopped finely (1 tsp dried sage)
    ½ tsp salt

    outside rub:
    olive oil, sage, parsley, rosemary, thyme, celery salt, pepper

    1. Clean and dry bird thoroughly.

    2. Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet. Saute onions til transluscent.

    3. In a large bowl, mix together breadcrumbs, oatmeal, sage, savory and salt.

    4. Add onion mixture to breadcrumbs and oatmeal. Mix well.

    5. Stuff bird and pin opening closed. Rub the skin with olive oil, sage, parsley, rosemary, thyme, celery salt, pepper.

    6. Put into a preheated 500F oven. Immediately turn the oven down to 350F. Roast the bird for ½ hour per pound, basting every 15 minutes.

    Serve with cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, etc. etc. etc. Mashed root vegetables are also very good.
  2. izme


    Mar 4, 2004
    yummmmmmmmmm and thanks for the great recipe!

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