Stuffing Showdown Winner Announced Today

Hollie Dorethy from Texas was crowned the Stuffing Queen on GMA today.

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Nov. 9, 207 —, 2007 -- Emeril Lagasse and "Good Morning America" sent out the call to find the best stuffing in the country, and hundreds sent their recipes -- but only one could win.

The new Stuffing Queen Hollie Dorethy of Sachse, Texas, was crowned today on "GMA." She won for her Down Home Italian Dressing -- which combines her Southern roots and her husband's Italian heritage.

Aylette Roper of Little Rock, Ark., and Bryan "Ace" Sagor of San Antonio, Texas, were also on "GMA" as runnerups.

You can find all five finalists' delicious recipes below, one on each page.

Submitted by Hollie Dorethy of Sachse, Texas: Well, I am a very Southern Texas girl who married into a rather large Italian family. After the first family gathering at Thanksgiving, I decided the next year I had better incorporate some Italian flare into my very Southern cooking! Here is my version of mixing old-world Italian style with a little ol' time Southern tradition! I hope y'all enjoy as much as we have!

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Submitted by Aylette Roper of Little Rock, Ark.: This recipe has been in my family since before the Civil War and has been served every single holiday without any variance on the original recipe. Coming up with measurements was difficult due to the fact that the recipe has been hand taught through every generation.

My grandmother taught me how to make it. My great-grandmother was raised on Twin Oaks Plantation in Leland, Miss., and her mother taught it to her, and so on. We know for a fact that this recipe is more than 150 years old. Over the years, every single person I have ever served it to raved that it was the best they ever had and requested the recipe. It wouldn't be a holiday in our family without it.

It has very few ingredients, but my grandmother sticks to the motto, "Sometimes simpler is better." When making this dish, you are going to think the amount of onions, celery, salt and pepper is way too much. Don't worry, it mixes in eventually and ends up delicious every time.

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Rose Anne Belluso from Flemington, N.J., entered her sister Maria Vitale's recipe : This is my sister Maria's adaptation of our traditional family recipe. This stuffing is sooooo good that we think the turkey should be the side dish and the stuffing the main event. It is the perfect combination of sweet and savory, moist and crunchy. Sometimes Maria puts the stuffing in muffin tins and we each get our own "indi" crispy on the outside, moist on the inside stuffing muffin. Sending this in will be a total surprise to my sister who would never have the notion to send it herself.

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Submitted by Linda Hoglund from Franklin, Maine: It's a Maine seafood stuffing -- the best you've ever had! I grew up on the coast of Maine where seafood is plentiful. My husband, a lobster fisherman and scallop diver, came up with this some years ago. It's now a big favorite of ours, and we're glad to share with you.

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Submitted by Bryan "Ace" Sagor of San Antonio, Texas: Simple and simply delicious -- I have been making this cornbread dressing for Thanksgiving for more than 30 years. Thanksgiving would not be Thanksgiving without my stuffing, and the anticipation of this wonderful dish never disappoints. Enjoy, y'all!

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Yield: 10 to 12 servings

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