In the South, the terms stuffing and dressing are synonymous. If the ingredients are baked alone to be served as a side dish, with roast poultry, for example, it is most often referred to as a dressing.
8cups coarsely blended or crumbled fresh bread crumbs
2cups dark raisins
4cups peeled, cored, seeded, and cubed apples
⅓cup finely chopped parsley
½teaspoon finely minced garlic
1teaspoon dried ground or rubbed sage
½teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Salt to taste, if desired
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl combine the bread crumbs, raisins, apples, parsley, garlic, mace, sage, nutmeg, cloves, butter, salt, and pepper. Blend well.
Butter the inside of a baking dish measuring about 13 × 9 × 2inches. Pour the dressing into the dish and smooth over the top. Place in the oven and bake1 hour.