Sweet Dressing for Turkey, Duck, or Goose


Americans love their traditions.  Thanksgiving with turkey and dressing or stuffing is a must.  If you grew up in the south cornbread stuffing might have been served, in the north it’s sage dressing. Well what a minute sweet dressing? The first time I tried it was when I was dating my husband and I have been making  ever since.  The Nehls and Schumacher’s were German’s that lived in Illinois in a suburb outside of Chicago. This is how they stuffed their birds.  It is especially tasty with duck.


Grandma Schumacher was a cook and by that I mean she sold her cakes cookies and pies to various places in town from her home.  Grandpa Schumacher owned a butcher shop. He was known for his talent making sausage.  Some mighty awesome meals came from that little home in Dundee Illinois. There are two versions of this recipe one has prunes and the other one doesn’t.  I love them both.



  • 2 cups chopped tart apple
  • 1/2 c chopped cooked prunes [optional]
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 5 cups toasted bread cubes preferable homemade
  • 1/4  cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice tossed over apples
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup apple juice
  • Defrosted turkey that has been cleaned and patted dry with a paper towel inside and out

Mix all ingredients together and stuff into turkey. Bake immediately in a preheated oven or electic roaster.  Times vary on how long depending on the size and weight. Butterball has an excellent site to determine cooking time. http://www.butterball.com/calculators-and-conversions

When done your turkey will look somerthing like this Yummmmy


So glad to have shared this family tradition.  The next generation will decide on what food to serve this holiday.  No matter where are what we eat being together is all that counts.