Easy Stuffing Recipe

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This Easy Stuffing Recipe will complete just about any meal! Celery, onions, and butter are tossed with dried bread cubes, then topped with broth and baked until hot and golden.

Don’t get me wrong I love mashed potatoes, but I will always save room for homemade stuffing over potatoes. I could eat stuffing for every meal!

A close up of this easy stuffing recipe baked until moist and golden topped with fresh rosemary.

How to Make Turkey Stuffing

Stuffing is one of the most important dishes in a holiday or Thanksgiving spread. Serve it alongside green bean casserole, mashed sweet potatoes, turkey, turkey gravy (of course), and don’t forget about the pumpkin pie for dessert!

Some stuffing recipes include things like carrots, raisins, or dried cranberries. While these can all be great additions, nothing compares to to this classic stuffing recipe!

Poultry Seasoning is the best spice blend for this turkey stuffing recipe (and it can sometimes be sold out during Thanksgiving)! If you’ve never used  poultry seasoning, it’s a savory blend of spices like sage, thyme and rosemary and it adds delicious flavor to soups, stews and casseroles. You can also use your own spices (or make Homemade Poultry Seasoning), I think sage is the most prevalent spice in stuffing.

A clear bowl of delicious stuffing ingredients like bread, celery, onions, and butter.

How To Make Stuffing

The trick to a good classic stuffing from scratch is making sure your bread is really dry before you add broth. If you buy your bread a few days early, tear it or cut it into cubes and dry them in a bowl for a few days on your counter. Any kind of bread will do, I most often use a combo of brown and white.

In a pinch, I like to stick fresh bread cubes in an oven at 300°F to dry it out for about 10 minutes (be sure not to brown/toast it)! If you dry fresh bread in the oven, you will not need as much broth.

Stuffing Casserole

I prefer to cook my stuffing in a casserole dish (which would technically make it dressing) or to make Crock Pot Stuffing. Cooking the turkey and stuffing separately ensures that they both reach the right temperatures without overcooking.

Stuffing can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge in a casserole dish.  If stuffing a turkey, stuffing should be room temperature or cool and not stuffed in the turkey until just before roasting.

If you do stuff your turkey, remember to completely cool the stuffing first. If you don’t, the bird will sit at an unsafe cooking temperature for too long. If stuffing a turkey, the center of the stuffing needs to be cooked to 165°F because the drippings from the bird enter the stuffing.

A white casserole dish filled with moist stuffing topped with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

How To Freeze Stuffing

Everyone loves turkey dinner leftovers. Turkey dinner stacks or hot turkey sandwiches are my personal favorite ways to enjoy them, but sometimes you can’t get to them by the time they will go bad. Fear not, as turkey stuffing freezes well! Just pop it in the freezer and it should several  months.

To reheat stuffing, pop it in the oven at 350°F for about 20 minutes with a little broth on it to keep it from drying out.

Print Recipe
Servings: 12 servings
Easy Stuffing Recipe
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
 
Author: Holly
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: turkey stuffing recipe

This classic stuffing recipe will complete just about any meal! Celery, onions, and butter are tossed with dried bread cubes, then topped with broth and baked until hot and golden.

Ingredients
  • 2 small onions diced
  • 4 stalks celery diced
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning or 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 12 cups bread cubes
  • 3-4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs sage, thyme, rosemary
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, celery and poultry seasoning (and rosemary if using). Cook over medium-low until tender (do not brown), about 10-12 minutes.

  3. Place bread cubes in a large bowl. Add onion mixture, parsley and fresh herbs. 

  4. Pour broth overtop until cubes are moist (but not soggy) and gently toss. You may not need all of the broth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Place mixture in a serving dish, dot with additional butter and cover.
  6. Bake 35 minutes, uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes.
Recipe Notes

If using rosemary in the herbs, cook along with the onions/celery. To stuff turkey, stuffing must be cooled completely in the refrigerator at least 45 minutes.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 185, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 462mg, Potassium: 175mg, Carbohydrates: 16g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 8.7%, Vitamin C: 8.3%, Calcium: 6.1%, Iron: 7.7%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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A casserole dish filled with golden baked stuffing topped with fresh rosemary, made with easy stuffing recipe

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This easy stuffing recipe is the perfect side dish for any holiday or Thanksgiving dinner! Stuffing is one of my favorite dishes! #spendwithpennies #stuffing #stuffingrecipe #turkeystuffing #turkeydinner #thanksgiving

Holly

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!

6 comments on “Easy Stuffing Recipe”

  1. What are your directions for doing the “stuffing” in a crock pot? 
    This is so close to my mom’s recipe but she also included cube of caraway rye bread and chopped water chestnuts for extra crunch

  2. This recipe is just like my Mom made except she would break up bread and let it sit out for a day or until stale, can I do this instead of the bread cubes? Thanks for the recipe.

  3. What temp for the oven? It isn’t listed in your recipe.

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