Make Ahead Turkey Stuffing Recipe

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Turkey Stuffing is my favorite part of Thanksgiving, hands down. A good old- fashioned bread stuffing is what holiday legends are made of!  Whether you call it bread dressing or turkey dressing or turkey stuffing, it is the number one dish you will have on your table next to the turkey (alongside the mashed potatoes and the corn casserole of course). 

This simple stuffing recipe is a great addition to your annual Thanksgiving menu and it is a recipe that your guests will gush over for years to come!

By the way, your Thanksgiving stuffing doesn’t always have to be inside the turkey. A make ahead recipe will save you the time to focus on other important tasks, like opening that extra bottle of wine! Feel free to bake an entire casserole dish of stuffing in advance so there is enough for leftovers!

Make ahead turkey stuffing on a baking sheet.

Stuffing ingredients can vary from region to region across North America. Many home cooks swear by the simple ingredients like bread cubes, celery, onion, turkey drippings and some seasonings, while other cooks use cubes of corn bread, butter, and meats like sausage or oysters! Whatever flavor profile you choose, a turkey dinner is not ever complete without the stuffing!

How to Make Turkey Stuffing

Turkey stuffing is only served once a year and this recipe is so easy to put together, your guests will definitely come back for seconds!  The foundation to a great dressing is always the bread cubes. Dried enough to stay firm while inside the roasting bird, but absorbent enough to soak up the turkey broth and seasonings, this is what Thanksgiving dressing really is. It’s all about the bread!

This recipe comes from my sister in law and while I do love a good sausage stuffing this turkey stuffing is perfect to make ahead of time! It has lots flavor from the turkey borth, a hint of sweetness from the creamed corn and great texture from the eggs! I always try to use homemade turkey broth or stock (or store bought) over chicken if I can find it, it adds the best turkey flavor to this meal!

Make ahead turkey stuffing on a baking sheet with celery, bread, and other delicious ingredients.

How to Make Turkey Stuffing Ahead of Time

When preparing a big turkey dinner, it seems there are a million things to do so I always try to prepare as many dishes ahead of time as I can! Additionally, I most often cook my turkey unstuffed since I make Spatchcock Turkey! Cooking the turkey stuffing on the side means that my turkey cooks quickly and my stuffing can be prepped well in advance.

This easy turkey stuffing recipe is a favorite with lots of flavor. Because it uses veggies, bread and turkey broth, this stuffing is perfectly fine to make ahead of time and refrigerate for the big day.

While this recipe is perfect for making ahead and baking on its own, stuffing with raw eggs (or other raw ingredients) should not be stuffed inside the turkey. You’ll want to ensure this turkey stuffing recipe reaches 160°F to ensure the eggs are fully cooked through.

When making ahead of time, prepare as directed and place on a pan in scoops. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate overnight. To cook, remove from the fridge 15 minutes before cooking and bake as directed.

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Make Ahead Turkey Stuffing Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
This turkey stuffing is my favorite part of Thanksgiving, hands down. A good old- fashioned bread stuffing is what holiday legends are made of!


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 14 oz creamed corn
  • 1/2 cup turkey broth (or chicken broth)
  • 1 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp parsley flakes
  • 6 cups coarse bread crumbs (like crunchy dry bread, not the fine crumbs)
  • 3 eggs fork beaten
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

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  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Melt butter in a pan over medium low heat and cook onion & celery until softened.
  3. Stir in corn, broth, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper and parsley flakes and heat to boiling. Cool slightly.

  4. Pour broth mixture over top of bread crumbs and toss until combined. Allow to cool and stir in eggs.

  5. Using a large scoop or your hands, shape into balls and place on a pan in a single layer. Pour 1/2 cup melted butter over stuffing. Cover and bake for about 25 minutes or until turkey stuffing recipe reaches 160°F

  6. To make ahead, cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. Remove from fridge 15 minutes before baking, bake as directed.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 275, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 107mg, Sodium: 776mg, Potassium: 170mg, Carbohydrates: 20g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 5g, Vitamin A: 695%, Vitamin C: 4.4%, Calcium: 54%, Iron: 1.4%

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

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Make ahead stuffing lined up in scoopfuls on a baking sheet

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