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Learn how to make this Easy Stuffing Recipe and never buy the boxed stuff again. Homemade stuffing is much better and actually very simple.

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You will be amazed at how much flavor this stuffing has. This classic side dish is a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving Dinner. Growing up, my mom always made the best stuffing recipe and I am glad to carrying on the tradition with my family.

Make this classic Thanksgiving Recipe this holiday and you will be amazed how delicious it taste. You may also love this Chicken Stuffing Bake or this Crock Pot Chicken and Stuffing.

Check out Stuffing Muffins Recipe for the another delicious side.

What is the Difference Between Stuffing and Dressing?

Many people use the words interchangeably. However, technically stuffing refers to a mixture that goes inside something such as turkey.

Whereas dressing is cooked in a baking dish or pan and not inside a turkey.

Ingredients:

ingredients for stuffing: onion, butter, seasoning, bread
  • White Bread (Best Bread for Stuffing)
  • Onion
  • Celery – diced
  • Butter
  • Minced Garlic
  • Dried Thyme Leaves
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Fresh Parsley – chopped
  • Low-Sodium Chicken Broth

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Substitutions and Additions:

  • Add Cheese and Jalapenos – Add in some cheddar and jalapeño’s for Jalapeño Cheddar Stuffing
  • Add Meat – Add in some smoked sausage for a complete meal. We have even added chopped bacon for delicious flavor.
  • Vegetables – My husband loves when we add in mushrooms. You can even add in celery, water chestnuts or shredded carrots.
  • Cornbread – Use cornbread to make Cornbread Sausage Stuffing Recipe
  • Dried Herbs – I used thyme in this recipe but you can also use rosemary or sage as well. You can also use fresh herbs such as fresh sage or fresh rosemary.
  • Broth – Substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth. You can also use turkey stock.
  • Fruit– Cranberries and apples are really good in this recipe. We have even used raisins.
  • Seasoning – Add in some poultry seasoning for extra flavor.

Step by Step Instructions:

Diced bread on a baking sheet

Step 1 – Once the bread is all cut, spread it on a large baking sheet. Let this bake for 20 to 25 minutes so the bread cubes can dry out. Make sure to stir occasionally while the bread is cooking.

Cooking the vegetables in a cast iron skillet

Step 2 – Melt the butter in a large pan. Once melted, add the onion and celery. Allow the veggies to cook until they are tender. This usually takes about 10 to12 minutes. Add in seasoning, plus the ¼ cup of parsley and continue to cook.

Mixing the bread mixture with the vegetable mixture

Step 3 – Put the bread in a large bowl and add the onion mixture. Stir this all together and pour the broth over the mixture.

The stuffing mixture poured into a baking dish

Step 4 – Add the bread mixture to the casserole dish.

The stuffing mixture in a casserole dish covered with foil.

Step 5 – bake covered with foil for 20 minutes to 30 minutes.

The homemade stuffing in a casserole dish - baked and topped with fresh chopped parsley.

Step 6 – Uncover and continue to bake the stuffing to allow the top to get crispy (approximately 15 minutes).

Recipe Tips:

  • Cutting Bread – We recommend dicing the bread in about 1 inch pieces for the best results.
  • Baking Bread – When baking bread, make sure to stir the bread while it cooks. This helps to evenly cook the bread.
  • Adding in the Broth – Slowly add in the broth to the stuffing mixture. You want to mixture to be moist by not soggy.
  • Prepare Baking Dish – Prepare the baking dish by spraying with cooking spray. This helps for an easy cleanup and serving the stuffing.
  • Baking Stuffing – Bake the stuffing covered and then uncover to finish baking the stuffing. This allows the bread to brown on top for a crispy texture.
Close up image of stuffing in baking dish

What Kind of Bread is Best for Stuffing?

You can use pretty much any type of bread to make stuffing. However, while fresh bread can be used, I love to use stale bread because it’s a great use of ingredients.

If you need to dry your bread quickly, you can put it in the oven for about 300 degrees for about 10 minutes. Watch your bread so that it doesn’t burn or toast it. Instead of throwing away the bread, turn it into stuffing.

Try these other bread options:

  • Sourdough Bread
  • Sandwich Bread
  • Dried Bread Cubes
  • French Bread
  • Italian Bread
Close up image of stuffing in baking dish with a serving on a large silver serving spoon.

How To Freeze Stuffing

It is very easy to make this ahead. Prepare the casserole as directed, cover in foil and freeze. We recommend freezing in containers for the amount you would want to reheat. You can freeze up to 6 months.

When ready to serve, let the casserole dish sit at room temperature and then bake as directed. You might need to add a little broth on it to keep from drying out before baking.

See Can You Freeze Stuffing for more tips.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Keep Stuffing Warm:

Stuffing seems to cool quickly because bread doesn’t hold heat. After removing from the oven, you may need to cover with foil and let stay warm back in the oven. Keep the oven at about 200 degrees so stuffing does not burn.

How to Store Leftovers:

Store you leftovers in an air tight container in the fridge. Leftovers will last about 4 days if stored properly.

How to Reheat:

You can easily reheat Thanksgiving Stuffing in the oven, skillet or the microwave. It will depend on how much you are reheating. We recommend drizzling with chicken stock to keep the stuffing moist and reheating in the oven at 350 degrees.

Can I Prepare Ahead of Time?

Stuffing can be made ahead of time in a casserole dish. I then place in the refrigerator until I am ready to bake. Not only can you bake the stuffing but you can make stuffing in muffin tin, in the crock pot and even the instant pot.

Close up image of stuffing in baking dish with a serving on a large silver serving spoon.

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Homemade Stuffing

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Learn how to make this easy stuffing recipe and never buy the boxed stuff again. Homemade stuffing is much better and actually very simple.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 165

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is heating up, start slicing the bread into small pieces.
  • I normally do about 1 inch pieces. Once the bread is all cut, spread it on a large baking sheet. Let this bake for 20 to 25 minutes so the bread can dry out.
  • Make sure to stir occasionally while the bread is cooking.
  • Second, melt the butter in a large pan. Once melted, add the onion and celery.
  • Allow the veggies to cook until they are tender. This usually takes about 10 to12 minutes.
  • Once the veggies are cooked, stir in the minced garlic, thyme, salt, pepper and fresh parsley. Stir until well combined and heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Finally, put the bread in a large mixing bowl and add the onion mixture. Stir this all together and pour the broth over the mixture.
  • It is best to gradually add the broth and stir as you go. The goal is to have the bread moist and not overly soggy so you may not need to use all of the broth.
  • You will need a 9X13 baking pan and make sure to spray with a non-stick cooking spray. Add the stuffing mixture and bake covered with foil for 30 minutes.
  • During the last 15 minutes, uncover the dish so the top can brown slightly.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 165kcal, Carbohydrates 18g, Protein 4g, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 482mg, Potassium 122mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 354IU, Vitamin C 6mg, Calcium 57mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Carrie Barnard says:

    Thank you so much!

  2. Brenda Carter says:

    I Love all your recipe just keep it up you are great

  3. Pat Wheeler says:

    Have you ever run across a recipe for stuffing that used homemade biscuits and homemade cornbread? I got a recipe like that from a coworker when I was trying to teach my youngest son to cook. We picked our menu for Christmas Dinner in January and began looking at recipes. We tried the ones that looked the best to us. For the dressing we tried six different cornbread recipes and 5 different biscuit recipes. We did that for the whole mean. I lost the recipe to a flooded basement and have been unable to find anything like it.

  4. Phyllis says:

    Sounds pretty good and easy