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Turkey Stuffing

Turkey stuffing

An easy Turkey Stuffing (or dressing, if you prefer) recipe that you will want on your table this year, and every year for Thanksgiving!

When it comes to Thanksgiving, it simply would not be complete without the stuffing (or dressing!) on the table. Whether it’s stuffed inside of the turkey or baked in the oven, turkey stuffing is an essential part of what makes Thanksgiving so special.

Last year I shared my recipe for savory Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and lots of fresh herbs with you, so this year I decided to go back to the basics and share this more classic version that is quick and easy to make.

I’ve heard from some of you that homemade stuffing, from scratch, is a little intimidating. I used to feel the same way, years ago before I had ever tried making homemade turkey stuffing, only to discover that Turkey Stuffing is one of the easiest things you could possibly make! Promise!

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My Mom always used to make her stuffing from scratch. But I remember one year, for whatever reason, she decided that she was just going to buy boxed stuffing from the store to make. My grandma, who always made everything from scratch, was coming for Thanksgiving dinner that year. Mom made all of us kids promise that we wouldn’t dare tell grandma that she had made stuffing from a box *gasp*. We were all gathered around the table eating Thanksgiving dinner when the subject of the stuffing came up. My little sister blurted out “Mom made 6 boxes of stuffing!” Busted! 

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I mentioned this Turkey Stuffing recipe is easy, so let’s talk about what goes into making it. You’ll start by chopping up 1 large yellow onion, about 5 celery stalks, and lots of fresh herbs! I use sage, thyme, and just a little bit of rosemary. You can make homemade fresh bread from scratch to use for the stuffing, or you can buy a 1 pound loaf of bread from the grocery store. The key to good stuffing is to use at least day old bread!

The only other ingredients you’ll need besides the bread are some celery, onions, fresh herbs (I use a combination of sage, thyme, and a little rosemary) and turkey or chicken broth. Into the oven the stuffing will go to bake for about 30 minutes, covered. After that I always take the foil off and let the stuffing cook a little bit longer so that the top can toast up!

Turkey stuffing collage

If you want to change this up to make it your own, you can add things like sausage, walnuts, cranberries, make it without celery and onions, change up the herbs, get creative… the variations are endless! All you need to know is that this easy, classic turkey stuffing made with bread can be made by anyone and will be enjoyed by everyone! 

Turkey Stuffing

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Prep Time: 10mn
Cook Time: 50mn
Total Time: 1hr

INGREDIENTS

  • 1- 1 pound loaf of french bread (homemade or store bought), cut into cubes
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 5 stalked celery, diced
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken or turkey broth
  • 6 sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 4 sprigs thyme, just the leaves, chopped
  • 1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. At least one day in advance, cut the bread into cubes. Arrange on a baking sheet and allow to sit, uncovered to dry out. Stale, dried out bread works the best!
  2. On the day you’re going to make the stuffing, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the tray of bread in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the bread starts to brown.
  3. Meanwhile, melt 5 tablespoons butter in a large non-stick skillet. Sauté the onion and celery until soft and tender.
  4. When the bread is toasted, transfer it to a large bowl. Add in the onion and celery mixture, all of the chopped up herbs, 3/4 teaspoon each of salt and black pepper, and 1 large egg, lightly beaten.
  5. Add in 3 cups low-sodium chicken or turkey broth and stir to combine.
  6. Spray a large 3 quart casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Transfer the stuffing mixture into the casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove the foil and bake for 10-20 minutes longer, or until the top of the stuffing starts to brown.
  8. Serve immediately. Serves 8-10.

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  1. i made my own stuffing last year, i think it was realitively the same as this. it’s absolutely delicious! it may seem overwhelming considering all that needs to be done on thanksgiving, but let me tell you…. it is worth it and it feels so accomplishing!

    • We have made a simmular version for as long as I can remember… only we add poultry seasoning & when done mixing all the ingredents we then lightly brown it in a frying pan ,( My Mom used to use a Huge cast iron skillet that took 2 burners to heat ) but over the yrs it disappeared….this is the best part of the holidays !!! We also make it a day or 2 ahead.. so all the flavors can “marry”.. then stuff the bird with it & warm the leftover in the oven.. covered with foil.

  2. This “dressing” sounds delicious! My mother taught me that you stuff a turkey with stuffing or you dress a turkey with dressing.

  3. Sounds delish!!!! I will try this year & compare to my mom’s.

  4. too boring for me, i make something like this as the base, the add green apples and sage sausage, its the best!!!!

  5. i make mine like this except I don’t fry my onions or celery, put it all in raw, it cooks so long in the turkey that it just goes nice and soft on its own, I also boil the neck and add that meat, no egg, but I do use butter and chicken stock, oh so good, and as far as bread I just use the cheap old store brand white bread, salt, peppe,r poultry seasoning and its good to stuff and go, I can’t wait

  6. Trish Erickson Johnson

    Yes, like Cheri, I boil the giblets overnight including neck and put all that meat into my stuffing

  7. Since I don’t like stuffing with fruit or meat, I’ll be trying this one. My mom always put mashed potatoes in hers.

  8. My family’s favorite! This is the dressing my grandmother and mother made. I still make it but I don’t use the egg in it. S

  9. I use basically the same recipe except I substitute Heavy cream and White Zinfindale for some of the broth. Becomes very moist and dense & the zin provides some sweetness!!!!

  10. Do you think the Zin can be replaced with Chard or Pinot Grigio..luv that idea!

  11. This is how I make my stuffing except I add celery sausage.old school from my grandmother

  12. going to use this one for the Christmas dinner if my brother doesn’t cook the chicken this year

  13. I make my own stuffing or dressing. I bake it separate from any meat.

  14. Very close to mine, but I add hot sausage to mine!

  15. I love when you share your holiday memories about your mom and grandma. I adored them both and miss them both very much. Ashley, I hope that you and your family have a memorable Thanksgiving….I am sure you make the holidays just as special as mom and grandma did. Blessings, Jackie

  16. Just wanted to know if we want to stuff it in a turkey do we bake it thn stuff or stuff in a turkey thn bake aftr mixing all well thnx hv never made it wanna try

  17. Do you have a recipe for homemade croutons

  18. Why will it not stay on the site long enough to even read it?? Dressing??for thanksgiving

  19. Mmm… Thank you for the traditional recipe… Getting tired of the cornbread version. You’re right, the recipe looks very easy… and the pics looked delicious… :)

  20. Do I leave bread crumbs to sit out and for how long

  21. Cristina Barrientos-Chacon

    Given the ingredients.. how many people would you say this will serve?

  22. Cassandra Sandy Shaffer-Dahlke

    this is how my mom made our stuffing except we added an egg, sage, poultry seasoning. But everything else is the same, my daughter now makes this for our family I passed it down to her. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Usually I make way too much dressing, so this year I was going to split it up into two smaller pans and freeze one for Christmas. QUESTION:

  24. I never liked stuffing as a child but as I’ve grown older my tastes have changed and I really enjoy it now. I’ve never made homemade, only Stovetop. I’m going to attempt to make this for Thanksgiving. Hopefully this will become a new tradition.

  25. Add sausage, chopped vacuum packed chestnuts, chopped fried bacon, fried turkey liver (chopped up) and ground mace or nutmeg. Half the bread. Bake in a meat loaf pan. It’s practically a meatloaf anyway!

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