Crock Pot Stuffing

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Crock Pot Stuffing takes my favorite classic stuffing recipe and turns it into an easy make ahead side dish. This stuffing is perfect to serve along side turkey dinner!

Crock Pot Stuffing takes my favorite classic stuffing recipe and turns it into an easy make ahead side dish. This stuffing is perfect to serve along side turkey dinner!

Once I started cooking my stuffing in my slow cooker, it’s the only way I make it now!  Not only is it easy and delicious, it can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance making it the perfect side during a busy meal! Turkey dinner is a big undertaking so I try to plan ahead as much as I can both before the meal and on turkey day (I use this turkey dinner planner to keep everything in order).

When you walk into my kitchen a few hours before that golden turkey is out of the oven, you’ll see slow cookers and vegetable steamers all lined up on one side of the kitchen. I try to have all of the sides and accompaniments prepared ahead of time.  I no longer boil my mashed potatoes, I make slow cooker mashed potatoes and I often have veggies like carrots and broccoli washed and sitting in the veggie steamer ready to go (and of course this Crock Pot stuffing)! When the turkey is ready, it comes out of the oven and literally the only thing I have to do is cook up the gravy while it rests.

This Crock Pot Stuffing is the only stuffing I make now! It's easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time. This stuffing is perfect to serve along side turkey dinner!

I do have to make a confession… while I always make a ton of dishes for any turkey dinner including rolls, veggies, salads and all that other jazz that goes along with turkey the only thing I care about is the stuffing (and gravy).  Truly, if I just had a big ol’ plate of stuffing, I’d be a happy camper (and I always ALWAYS take seconds of the stuffing).

The Best Bread for Stuffing

You can make delicious stuffing with ANY kind of bread from hot dog buns to leftover bagels or crusts of bread.  To make perfect stuffing, you’ll need to ensure your bread cubes or crumbs are dry before beginning.

My personal favorite bread for stuffing is using half white sandwich bread and half brown sandwich bread and drying it myself. It gives the best texture and flavor allowing for the seasonings and celery/onion mixture flavor to really shine through.

My second choice is dried unseasoned bread cubes from the store.  I prefer to add my own seasonings and control the sodium (and MSG). (I use a homemade poultry seasoning).

How to Dry Bread for Stuffing

There are two ways I dry bread for stuffing:

1. Make day old bread: Cut your bread into cubes and leave it on the counter uncovered at  least 24 hours (stirring occasionally).

2. Dry Bread Crumbs in the oven: Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Lay fresh bread cubes in a single layer and cook 25 minutes stirring half way or until dried.  Ensure your bread doesn’t toast or brown.

An important note about adding the broth!  You are going to add just enough broth to the cubes to moisten them.  Depending on the type of bread you use your broth amount could vary by up to a cup or more!  You want enough broth so that the cubes are moist but not mushy as the onions/celery and other add ins will also add a bit of moisture to the stuffing.

Stuffing made in the slow cooker from scratch is the perfect addition to any turkey dinner! This delicious recipe is one of our all time favorites!

Cooks Tip: If you accidentally add too much liquid and your stuffing is too wet, don’t despair!  Add in a couple of handfuls of dry bread cubes or store bought croutons.  They’ll soak up any extra moisture creating the perfect consistency.

While I like a simple classic stuffing, if you’re more adventurous, you can most certainly add in whatever you’d like such as fresh or dried cranberries, fried mushrooms or even cooked sausage. Once you make this easy Crock Pot stuffing, it’ll definitely become your go to!

Crock Pot Stuffing

Easy stuffing made from scratch and cooked to perfection in your slow cooker.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning (store bought or homemade)
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 6 cups cubed and dried white bread
  • 6 cups cubed and dried brown bread
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • fresh herbs to taste (thyme, sage, rosemary) (optional)
  • 3-4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

  1. Heat butter over medium heat until melted.  Stir in poultry seasoning, black pepper and salt to taste. Add celery & onions and cook until softened (do not brown). Cool completely.
  2. Place bread cubes in a large bowl. Add cooled celery and onion mixture, parsley and fresh herbs if using.
  3. Add chicken broth a little bit at a time just to moisten and gently stir.  You may not need all of the broth (see note below). Stir in eggs.
  4. Cover and refrigerate overnight if making ahead of time.
  5. Grease a 5-6 qt slow cooker well.  Place stuffing in the slow cooker and turn onto high for 30 minutes.  Reduce temperature to low and cook an additional 3-4 hours or until hot and cooked through.  If stuffing is done before your meal is ready it can remain on warm.

Notes:

If using bread cubes you have dried yourself at home you will need closer to 2 cups of broth.  If using dried store bought bread cubes/crumbs, you will need closer to 3 cups broth.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 servings, Serving Size: 1/2 cup

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 349 Calories

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This is the best stuffing recipe I've ever had! Crock Pot Stuffing takes my favorite classic stuffing recipe and turns it into an easy make ahead slow cooker side dish. This stuffing is perfect to serve along side turkey dinner!
This is the best stuffing recipe I've ever had! Crock Pot Stuffing takes my favorite classic stuffing recipe and turns it into an easy make ahead slow cooker side dish. This stuffing is perfect to serve along side turkey dinner!

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Holly Nilsson

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

17 comments on “Crock Pot Stuffing”

  1. Hi Holly, I have not made this recipe, I am a southern girl and we always use cornbread as the main ingredient. I also add, crackers, toasted bread, and left over biscuits. One secret that my mom taught me was to put all your dry ingredients in a food processor and process until they are a coarse meal. You might try it this way sometime. I will definitely try using my slow cooker. Thanks, I enjoy your recipes.

    • Cornbread would be delicious too, I’ll have to try your way with more crumbs… I’ve never met a stuffing I didn’t love! Thank you for sharing!

  2. This recipe looks great and I’d like to make it but I have a question about the bread. I know it calls for 6 cups each of white and brown bread but how many slices or loaves would you say equals that? When I make my stuffing, I dry the bread slices and then break it into pieces the next morning, once the slices are dried, but I’ve never measured how many cups say a 20 oz. loaf of white bread makes. I know I could do as you do and cut them into cubes and then dry them but I thought I’d ask if you could give me a ballpark idea. I imagine this may sound silly but it’s kind of a tradition doing it my way Thanksgiving morning.

    • It was about 1/2 loaf of each bread, if you have a little more or less it will still work just fine as you’ll add just enough broth to moisten it.

  3. Why do you add eggs? Mom always did. She used cornbread with the bread crumbs. I always leave out the eggs and don’t notice a problem. ??
    Thanks for this recipe. I’ll definitely try it.

    • It binds is just a little bit so it’s not quite so crumbly. It doesn’t make it sticky or eggy though. :) You could certainly leave them out if you prefer but I love the consistency it gives.

  4. why are eggs needed in cp stuffing? Just curious. Would like to try this.

    thanks.

  5. Holly, I ran out of my tried and true poultry seasoning and can’ find one I really like now.  I’m not a big fan of sage though I know it needs some in the stuffing.  What brand of poultry seasoning do you use? Thanks! :)

  6. I love crock pot stuffing! I’ve never tried using eggs, but now I’m definitely going to!

  7. I just tried it yesterday. YUM!!!!, will be using it again and again.

    Rating: 4
  8. I’ve done this, whatever doesn’t fit in the turkey. Just don’t pack it in. My
    sister-in-law did that 1 year – it didn’t ever cook

    Rating: 5
  9. Great idea. This will free up oven space on Thanksgiving Day! This is almost identical to my mom’s tried and true stuffing recipe although I do add a can of whole cranberry sauce and some cooked and crumbled sweet Italian sausage. Thanks

    Rating: 5
  10. My whole life (and that’s a long time) my Mom and then I made stuffing using Kellogg’s Croutons. Several year ago they decided to stop making it, ruining our Thanksgivings. This looks really good! Jas anyone tried it and think it tastes anything like stuffing made with Kellogg’s Croutons? I would really appreciate any responses.

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