Homemade Stuffing | Traditional bread stuffing recipe - Mom's Dinner (2024)

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Homemade Stuffing is a staple side dish for every Thanksgiving table! This is a traditional recipe made with dried bread cubes mixed with onions and celery sauteed in plenty of butter then mixed with herbs and broth (and more butter) and baked until golden and delicious!

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If you prefer your stuffing with a little sausage, pop over to this recipe for Sausage Stuffing.

Set the perfect holiday table with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Corn Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Turkey, and this Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe!

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1 Stuffing or Dressing?

2 Bread

3 Five Star Recipe Review!

4 Making Bread Cubes Stale

5 How to Make Homemade Stuffing

6 Doubling The Recipe

7 More Holiday Recipes To Love

8 Did you make this recipe?!

9 Homemade Stuffing Recipe

Stuffing or Dressing?

The old argument – is it stuffing or dressing?

Traditionally you call this dish stuffing only if it is stuffed and cooked inside of the turkey. It is dressing if it is served on the side of the turkey.

Even though this recipe is not cooked INSIDE of the bird I am still calling it stuffing. That has more to do with people being able to find it on the internet than tradition.

Bread

Bread is the main ingredient in traditional stuffing (dressing). So you want to make sure that you buy a nice hearty bread that will stand up to the butter, eggs and broth that are added.

Look for a thicker cut, quality bread. I have used these brands and they work perfectly:

  • Sara Lee Artesano Bakery Bread
  • Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Hearty White, Butter or Potato Bread
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You will also want to make sure that your bread is stale. This is key to allowing the bread to absorb the butter, broth and eggs, which makes your stuffing so buttery and golden!

“Wonderful recipe! I’ve made it once with the Artesano bread (came out amazing!) and once with Udi’s gluten free hot dog buns – also came out amazing. I have been using recipes from your website for a few years now, and have yet to find a recipe that isn’t excellent. Thank you for the work you do – you’ve added variety and yum to my monthly meal rotations as well as to our holidays.” -Vic

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Making Bread Cubes Stale

You have 2 options to make your bread nice and stale for this stuffing recipe:

  1. Overnight– Cut the bread into 1 inch cubes and let it sit on a sheet pan, on the counter overnight.
  2. Quick Method– Cut the bread into 1 inch cubes and spread on a large sheet pan. Dry in a 250 degree oven for 30 minutes, tossing every 5-10 minutes so it doesn’t brown. (You will have time for this while the onions and celery soften!)
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How to Make Homemade Stuffing

You can also watch Susie make this Stuffing Recipe and Sausage Stuffing Recipe on a 30 minute episode of Pinterest TV!

Make sure that you are starting with stale bread cubes -see the section above for help with that!

  1. Prep The Oven and Baking Dish
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and generously butter a 9×9 baking pan, if doubling use a 9×13 or 10×15 baking pan.

  3. Saute Onions and Celery
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat melt the ¾ cup butter. Add the onions and celery and sauté until they are completely softened, this will take about 20 minutes.

  5. Add Herbs and Seasonings
  6. Off the heat stir in the salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, marjoram, fresh chopped sage, and fresh chopped parsley.

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  7. Add Liquid & Combine with Bread
  8. In a separate bowl whisk together the 2 eggs and cup of chicken broth.

    In a large bowl stir together the onion/herb mixture and stale bread cubes. Now pour in the egg/broth mixture and stir until the bread absorbs the liquid.

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  9. Pour In Pan and Add Butter
  10. Pour into the buttered pan. Cube 2 tablespoon of butter and dot the top of the stuffing.

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  11. Bake
  12. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes. If you like a really crispy top you can broil for the last minute or two!

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Doubling The Recipe

If you are hosting a larger crowd you can absolutely double this stuffing recipe. Simply double all the ingredients, bake in a 9×13 or 10×15 dish, and the baking time will be the same.

Short Cut: Hover your cursor over the servings in the recipe card, when the slider appears, slide it +/- for the amount of people you are serving. It will change all the ingredient amounts for you!!

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Homemade Stuffing Recipe

A traditional recipe for Homemade Stuffing made with dried bread cubes mixed with onions and celery sauteed in plenty of butter then mixed with herbs and broth (and more butter) and baked until golden and delicious!

It is the perfect stuffing recipe for your Thanksgiving table! Can easily be doubled for a crowd.

4.96 from 41 votes

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Prep Time: 30 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes minutes

Total Time: 1 hour hour 20 minutes minutes

Servings: 6 people

Author: Susie Weinrich

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 12 cups Stale White Bread – cut into 1 inch cubes (approx 1 lb 4 oz loaf of bread – see notes below for details)
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoon butter divided
  • 1 large yellow or white onion chopped
  • 2 cup celery, chopped stalks and leaves!
  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon marjoram
  • 3 tablespoon (heaping) fresh sage , chopped
  • cup fresh parsley , chopped – Curly or Italian will work
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chicken broth or stock

Instructions

Stale Bread Cubes

  • Cut the bread into 1 inch cubes.

    12 cups Stale White Bread – cut into 1 inch cubes

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  • Make the bread stale by one of the two options:

    A. Overnight – Lay the bread cubes on a sheet pan on the counter overnight to dry out.

    B. Quick Method – Preheat the oven to 250°, lay the bread cubes on a sheet pan and pop in the oven for 30 minutes, tossing every 5-10 minutes.

Stuffing

  • Preheat the oven to 350° and prep a 9×9 baking dish by generously greasing with butter or oil. (if you are doubling the recipe use a 9×13 or 10×15 baking dish)

  • In a large saute pan over medium heat melt ¾ cup butter. Add the onions and celery and saute until they are completely softened, this will take about 20 minutes.

    1 large yellow or white onion, 2 cup celery, chopped

  • Off the heat add the salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, marjoram, fresh sage and parsley to the onions.

    1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning, ½ teaspoon marjoram, 3 tablespoon (heaping) fresh sage, ⅓ cup fresh parsley

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  • In a small bowl whisk together the eggs and broth.

    2 eggs, 1 cup chicken broth or stock

  • Add the bread cubes to a large bowl, pour the onions/herb mixture over the bread and stir to combine.

    Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes and stir until the liquid is absorbed.

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  • Pour the stuffing mixture into the buttered baking dish. Cube the remaining 2 tablespoon of butter and dot the top of the stuffing.

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  • Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes.

    For an extra crispy top turn the broiler on for a minute or two!

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  • Serve right away!

Notes:

Bread: You want a nice thick and hearty bread. Some brands that have worked for me in the past are Sara Lee Artesano Bakery Bread, Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse White, Butter or Potato Bread.

Doubling the recipe: Simply double the all the ingredients, you can also hover your cursor over the servings above and use the slider to change the serving amount. It will also change the ingredient amounts for you. However you will want to bake the stuffing in a 9×13 or 10×15 baking dish. You will bake for the same amount of time.

To make a meat stuffing, pop over to this recipe for Sausage Stuffing!

You can also watch Susie make this stuffing recipe and sausage stuffing recipe on a 30 minutes episode of Pinterest TV!

Did you try this recipe? Connect with me & let me know how it turned out by commenting below!

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  1. Vic

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    Wonderful recipe! I’ve made it once with the artesano bread (came out amazing!) and once with Udi’s gluten free hot dog buns – also came out amazing. I have been using recipes from your website for a few years now, and have yet to find a recipe that isn’t excellent. Thank you for the work you do – you’ve added variety and yum to my monthly meal rotations as well as to our holidays.

    Reply

    • Susie Weinrich

      Thank you so much, Vic! I LOVE that you said you made it with gluten free hot dog buns and it still worked, this is the kind of info that helps others that are making making this recipe! Happy Holidays to you.

      Reply

  2. Rita

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    I made this 2 times now. The bottom of it gets too brown. I used cooking spray on the pan before putting everything in pan. What causes it to brown on the bottom like that?

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    • Susie Weinrich

      I’m sorry that happened to you, I haven’t experienced that. Is it burning on the bottom or just crisping/browning? A couple things can make that happen, but my first question would be are you using a dark or metal baking pan? That can definitely cause the over browning. A glass, ceramic or glazed cast iron pan will work best.

      Reply

  3. Gail

    I need 4 cups of stuffing for a turkey casserole I am making. Would your homemade stuffing recipe in the square pan give me that amount?

    Reply

    • Susie Weinrich

      Absolutely! You will have more than enough. That square pan is STUFFED! You should have around 8-10 cups.

      Reply

  4. Sp

    Can this be made a day ahead of time? Thanks

    Reply

    • Susie Weinrich

      Definitely, just prep completely and dot the top with butter, cover with foil and pop in the fridge. Then remove from the fridge and bake as directed. May need to add a few minutes to the baking time when baking straight from the fridge.

      Reply

      • Nicole

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        Great recipe! I’m always on stuffing duty and having a young baby doesn’t leave a lot of time. I have made this a few times for family festivities and it’s always a hit and so simple, thank you!

      • Susie Weinrich

        That is wonderful, Nicole! I know cooking with little ones, especially babies, can be so hard! Kudos to you for still getting in the kitchen to contribute to the holiday meals. I hope you had a great holiday season!

  5. Kelli

    Would sourdough bread work for this recipe?

    Reply

    • Susie Weinrich

      Definitely!

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