ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Mom's Thanksgiving Sage Dressing

Updated on November 1, 2017
Cast your vote for Sage Dressing

Family Cooking Background

In our house, my Dad was an Army cook who was in charge of the meats for his platoon. That meant that my Dad took charge of the turkey for Thanksgiving and my Mom made her wonderful Sage Dressing to go inside the turkey. My grandfather leant a hand by making his ever popular pumpkin and mincemeat pies.

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: It took several batches to fill the turkey


  • dried bread, cubed
  • vegetable oil
  • green pepper, diced
  • onion, diced
  • celery, diced
  • sage, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Cover bottom of a large skillet with vegetable oil. Add chopped onion, celery and green pepper and saute
  2. Once chopped vegetables start to cook, add bread cubes, sprinkle with sage, salt and pepper. Continue to sauté turning bread cubes to bring vegetables to the top. Continue to sauté until all the oil has been taken into the cubes and the cubes brown.
  3. Pour each batch into a large container to be stored until morning when you are ready to stuff the turkey. My mother had a huge roasting pan and we would fill that with the stuffing on the back porch until morning.
Stuffing Balls
Stuffing Balls

When I was a young adult, I joined my mother making the stuffing for Thanksgiving. It took several pans to fill a 20 lb. turkey but the process and results were well worth the time and trouble.

The only change I've made to my Mom's recipe is that she used Crisco and I am using vegetable oil. If you prefer you can use canola oil for those who are watching their cholesterol.

If, I have leftover stuffing mix, I normally make stuffing balls by adding eggs and chicken or turkey broth to the bread mix and forming into balls. I place these in a covered casserole and bake at 350° until the stuffing balls are browned about 45 minutes.

Fuel Tanker Fire similar to the one we experienced.
Fuel Tanker Fire similar to the one we experienced.

And the Sky Lit Up on Thanksgiving Eve

Like I said my Mom and I would make the dressing for our turkey on Thanksgiving eve. One year after we had played bingo at the American Legion in Aspinwall, we came home to do our stuffing as we always did.

As we were make one of the batches, there was a huge bang that sounded like the town was under siege. It was followed by several other similar explosive sounds and then the sky behind my house turned a unmistakably orange. There was a fire close by.

An oil tanker which was approaching the bypass a block away from our home missed the turn and banged into the abutment for the upper bypass ramp. One of the compartments in the tanker exploded and a fire erupted. Luckily for the driver, one of our firemen, Juney Haberman, was approaching the scene at the time and was able to pull the driver from the cab of the truck before the next compartment exploded and went up in flames.

That night our bypass was lined with countless fire trucks all waiting the be used if needed. They came from all around the city of Pittsburgh and some as far as from Turtle Creek which is totally on the opposite side of the city if you know the terrain.

The most significant thing for me was that our whole neighborhood was outside standing a block away from the scene watching the flames and the response teams who didn't lose one of the neighboring houses. At the same time, my husband was asleep on the couch and never heard a thing or even moved from the spot in which he was sleeping.


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)