Daniel Craig’s favorite holiday is Thanksgiving but he hates stuffing the bird

One of my very favorite things is “a story about an immigrant becoming an American citizen and developing a love and affinity for American traditions & American history.” Like, I just love that genre. Well, Daniel Craig is an American citizen now – he and his wife Rachel Weisz are both American citizens and they mostly live in New York City and they have a place in upstate New York too. They raise their child there, and Rachel coparents her son Henry Aronofsky with her ex. Daniel has an adult daughter from an early marriage too, and I believe his daughter lives and works in NYC. So the Weisz-Craig family is very American-based and they’ve fully adopted Thanksgiving. Daniel was on The Late Show and he talked about how he celebrates the holiday:

Daniel Craig is a fan of Thanksgiving. On Monday, the James Bond star told The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that the annual celebration is “probably” his favorite holiday.

“I do understand Thanksgiving,” Craig jokingly told Colbert when asked if he knew the history of the holiday. “It’s about giving thanks as I understand it.”

“We do celebrate it, and we have American friends as well,” added Craig, 54, who became a U.S. citizen in 2019. His wife Rachel Weisz, also became a U.S. citizen in 2011, the same year as they got married.

“I’ve celebrated it for quite a long time. I think it’s probably my favorite holiday,” continued Craig.

When asked about his favorite Thanksgiving dish, however, the actor turned slightly more critical. “I’m not so good with the fixings and things,” Craig admitted, before calling stuffing “an abomination.”

After Colbert explained that stuffing is just “wet bread mixed with herbs,” Craig jokingly replied, “And you stuff it up the a– of a chicken — turkey!”

“I think it should be cooked separately,” he continued. “It’s good, but I don’t think you should bring it anywhere near the bird.”

[From People]

I agree with Craig – cook stuffing separately, don’t put it in the bird. I also agree with Craig that stuffing is not the best side dish on Thanksgiving. But I love that he says Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday. Thanksgiving is sort of the “gateway holiday” for a lot of immigrants – they like and understand the idea of getting the whole family together and spending an entire day cooking, eating and watching football. From what I’ve seen, British people are especially curious about Thanksgiving.

This clip is so funny!! Colbert makes a joke that makes Craig turn bright red, it’s amazing.

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30 Responses to “Daniel Craig’s favorite holiday is Thanksgiving but he hates stuffing the bird”

  1. chill says:

    My family always had wet and dry stuffing. Wet was cooked in the bird (yuck) and dry was on the stove (yes)!!

  2. Shawna says:

    Yes, stuffing cooked separately! We spatchcock the turkey, so there’s no cavity you could stuff.

    • Lady Keller says:

      I came here to say the same thing. Spatchcok your bird for quicker, more even cooking. And put the stuffing in a casserole dish.

      A stuffed bird is a case of salmonella waiting to happen.

  3. Becks1 says:

    Yeah we haven’t stuffed the turkey in years!! My mom actually stuffs it with green grapes sometimes, it gives it a really nice flavor, but we don’t eat the grapes obviously lol.

    Stuffing (I guess “dressing” if its not inside the bird?) is my favorite part of thanksgiving. I LOVE IT.

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday bc I feel like its the simplest. It’s just about the food. No presents, etc. Its just about getting together and eating good food lol.

    We’re having a stupid small thanksgiving at home this year where we aren’t even cooking, we’re getting food from a local restaurant, because my dogs have kennel cough so can’t be boarded and can’t go to my brother’s house (he has a puppy and another dog and my parents have dogs) so I feel like we’re effectively quarantined.

    Anyway I’m sure it will be fine and we’ll have a good time, but I’m kind of sad about it.

    • Jais says:

      Aw, hope your puppies get better. Have actually never heard of kennel cough? The grapes in the turkey sound interesting. Don’t be too sad about missing the home cooked thanksgiving. Think of the lack of dishes for one year and extra time to watch movie or play games.

      • Becks1 says:

        Thanks! That’s what we’re planning on doing…playing some Wii with the boys and some Ticket to ride, lol.

        Kennel Cough is also known as bordetella (or thats what the vaccine is called). It’s pretty contagious and for my dogs just sounds like they have had this horrible cough for a few weeks (even with being vaccinated). but for older dogs or younger dogs it can be a lot worse. So they’re quarantined from other dogs for a bit.

    • Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

      Thanks for mentioning that you don’t eat the grapes, I would’ve 🤣🤣

  4. Elaine says:

    Agree. In the bird is just asking for food poisoning and an overly dry bird. Stick it in a slow cooker lined with parchment paper. Much better.

  5. MsIam says:

    I’ve always had the dressing/stuffing cooked separately. And it was always my least favorite dish, especially growing up. Bring on the mac n cheese for me!

  6. Jais says:

    We don’t do stuffing. We separately cook something called cornbread dressing and it’s pretty good. Will say giblets from the turkey are removed and cooked into the dressing though.

  7. Brassy Rebel says:

    I hope Harry pulls a Daniel Craig someday! And I’m not talking about loving Thanksgiving and not putting the stuffing in the bird. 😉

  8. Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

    My daughter loves the stuffing that I make so we Have to have it every thanksgiving but I cook it the crockpot. I did stuff it in the turkey when I first started hosting the dinner but found it much easier to cook it separately.

  9. Ohso says:

    I make chestnut stuffing from an old family recipe. And I stuff it in the bird because it tastes better! My grandma taught me how to do it and nobody in our entire family has ever been sick. I usually make too much and so some gets cooked outside of the turkey – and it never tastes as good!

  10. MaryContrary says:

    I just shove an onion and herbs inside the bird for flavoring-I always cook the dressing separately.

  11. Lucky Charm says:

    Stuffing should definitely be cooked separately. My grandma always made two types of stuffing, since half the family liked it with fruit (apples, cranberries, etc) and the other half without.

  12. BW says:

    Damn! Silver Fox. Don’t EVER Botox those forehead wrinkles. He’s giving me Paul Newman vibes between the blue, blue eyes and the forehead wrinkles.

  13. L4Frimaire says:

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I binge watch Thanksgiving cooking shows on PBS and Food Network , listen to cooking podcasts and always get Bon Appetit Thanksgiving issues. Then I cook what I’ve always cooked, lol. Actually first time I’m cooking it in two years. 2020 ordered turkey takeout and was at a restaurant last year. I also stopped stuffing the bird because it’s takes longer, and heard all the health warnings although I may put some in the neck cavity. I like that almost everyone celebrates it, it feels very autumn, and once the food is done can just hang out for the next 3 days. I really do not like the Christmas creep.

  14. Nimbolicious says:

    He can stuff my bird anytime 😂

  15. Penguin says:

    I really don’t understand why Americans still celebrate Thanksgiving in this day and age. Why would you have a holiday to honor your ancestors colonising millions of peaceful people?

    • Ohso says:

      We’re offering thanks for our many blessings. It has nothing to do with being colonizers. It began as thanks for a successful harvest. And yes thanks were originally given to God. Lots of people still do (I do) but others prefer a more secular and general thanks. There have been Thanksgiving celebrations in our country for years, although having it the last Thursday in November is more recent. Why shouldn’t we have a national holiday of gratitude? Are we not allowed that?

      • Granger says:

        @Ohso, there’s nothing wrong with offering thanks for your blessings. But the origins of Thanksgiving stem from settlers’ first years in America, when they were barely surviving and turned to Indigenous peoples for help. And we all know what happened after that — some of the Nations who provided those first settlers with knowledge and food were completely wiped out by disease and conflict. Doesn’t mean we can’t come together with our families to give thanks, but we should at least acknowledge our history as colonizers and respect the fact that for obvious reasons, many Indigenous peoples feel pretty ambivalent about Thanksgiving.

    • Noo says:

      +1 @penguin and @ohso if you want to look at a different point of view… https://blog.nativehope.org/what-does-thanksgiving-mean-to-native-americans

  16. Jen says:

    My family doesn’t do whole turkey any more. We prefer dark meat, and it’s also easier to scale a bunch of turkey thighs than find the bird of just the right weight. But I’ve always preferred the stuffing cooked in the bird. We all loved stuffing so much we’d have a batch in the bird and more cooked separately and we all agreed the in the bird stuffing was better. Now we roast the thighs on top of the stuffing.

  17. Frippery says:

    It’s just me and my 5 year old for Thanksgiving so we aren’t doing a ton of food and there are some non-traditional choices, but we ARE going to make stuffing together. Cornbread stuffing because she absolutely loves corn, and is learning how the Native Americans ‘shared’ it with the Europeans.

  18. Margaret says:

    Chiming in from Australia to wish those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving a happy holiday with family and friends. Also wanted to talk about turkey stuffing. I cook turkey for Christmas dinner and I cook the stuffing in the neck cavity of the bird, and pushed down under the skin and covered by the neck skin that comes attached. It stretches out a great deal and accommodates most of the stuffing. The rest (and there is always extra because we like it so much) is cooked in the oven. Cooking it in the neck cavity ensures it cooks properly, unlike when stuffed inside the other cavity, which also extends cooking time a lot. 😀

  19. The Recluse says:

    I’m vegetarian, so no bird. I do love herb stuffing and make it to go with my veggies. I treat the whole thing like a Pagan harvest feast.

  20. MangoAngelesque says:

    My family has never done “stuffing,” as it just seems so gross. Luckily, my husband’s is the same way. We’re southern, so instead of “stuffing,” we have “dressing” and it’s in a separate casserole dish. My side has always done a sage-heavy version, and my in-laws do a lighter, broth-seasoned version, so it all evens out.

    And it’s not wet. We put gravy on top of it to moisten it up.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      Growing up, my mom made dressing. Though, technically, we called it stuffing.lol Yes to the sage-heavy. Love sage. Separate casserole dish in the oven is how we do it. This recipe is the closest to my Mom’s. (she/we use fresh sage)
      https://beakersandbouillabaisse.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/the-best-thanksgiving-sausage-stuffing-ever/

      My first Thanksgiving at my in-laws, my eyes went wide open when I saw that my MIL had the ‘stuffing’ in the bird. A hour or so before officially taking the turkey out of the oven, she removed the stuffing to an aluminum pan and baked it in the oven. It was crunchy yet still slightly moist.

      Due to time constraints with work, we’ve gotten things from local catering the past two years. It’s been good. Miss the smell of the roasting turkey. Trying some new things this year. A cornbread dressing, creamed corn and smoked turkey. Looking forward to a mostly relaxing day.

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