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Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

This thanksgiving stuffing recipe is the best stuffing I’ve ever had.

It’s simple yet flavorful and brings back good memories.

I hope you like this recipe just as much as I do.

thanksgiving stuffing on a plate

I just love holiday recipes! They are the best.

I guess it’s because it’s food that we only eat once or twice during the year.

This stuffing recipe is inspired by my Nana.

It’s very hard to get an exact recipe from her.

If you ask her for one she’ll just say some of this and some of that which isn’t always helpful.

So last year I decided to watch her make it and even then I couldn’t get exact measurements!

I guess she doesn’t need them since she’s been making the same stuffing for decades now.

Thankfully the recipe I’m sharing today taste just as good as hers.

Looking for more holiday recipes? Try these:

Thanksgiving stuffing ingredients

  • bread loaves
  • celery
  • yellow onion
  • poultry seasoning
  • chicken broth
  • butter
  • salt
  • pepper

I find this to be a rather uncomplicated and simple recipe compared to other stuffing recipes out there.

While it may be easier and simpler compared to others it is by far the best stuffing I’ve ever tried.

It’s so flavorful and delicious.

A good Thanksgiving stuffing recipe doesn’t need to have a long list of ingredients.

It just needs the right ingredients.

And this recipe has just that.

You can transform regular store bought bread loaves into something incredible with just some veggies, butter, broth and simple seasonings.

It would not be Thanksgiving without this stuffing on our plates.

How to make stuffing

Chop the onion and celery.

chopped onion and celery

Now melt the butter in a skillet

melting butter for stuffing

Then add celery and saute until it is softened. About 8 minutes.

celery

Once the celery is soft add the onion and season with salt and pepper. Saute until onions are translucent.

celery and onion

Turn the heat off and set aside the celery and onion mixture.

Preheat the oven to 350. Now we are going to toast the bread.

Tear the bread into pieces and place on a baking sheet.

torn bread pieces

Bake for about 10 min or until the bread is toasted.

toasted bread pieces

You may have to do this in two batches. Or you can use two baking sheets.

Not every piece has to get toasted.

I usually just let the top layer get toasted and leave the bread on the bottom a little soft.

After toasting place the bread pieces in a large bowl or two if all the bread doesn’t fit.

toasted bread

Pour the celery, onion, and butter mixture over the bread. Next spread the poultry seasoning evenly over the bread.

celery and onion on bread

Season with more salt and pepper.

Add the chicken broth and mix everything together really well with your hands.

Transfer the bread over to a baking dish and shape into a loaf.

thanksgiving stuffing in a casserole dish

Cover it with foil and bake for about 35-40 min on 350.

casserole dish covered with foil

When done it will be a nice brown color.

baked thanksgiving stuffing

The only thing I do differently than my Nana is I toast the bread. She never does.

She uses fresh bread right from the bag.

I know a lot of people use stale bread but she never has.

If you prefer a drier stuffing you can always toast the bread longer and in a single layer.

Another one of my favorite recipes from Thanksgiving is the gravy.

I put that stuff on everything! On my mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls everything!

I don’t have my Nana’s gravy recipe but I found another delicious one from Restless Chipotle.

What is the key to good stuffing?

I think the key to good stuffing is all about balance.

The stuffing shouldn’t be soft and mushy nor dry and crunchy.

Nor should one of the seasonings used be the dominate flavor.

All the ingredients used should work together to compliment each other.

The stuffing should have just a little bit of texture from the toasted bread and sautéed veggies.

Should you put eggs in stuffing?

You can totally put eggs in stuffing.

Eggs act as a binder to hold the stuffing together.

My grandmother does actually use an egg or two in her stuffing.

I however don’t find it necessary in this simple stuffing recipe.

But you can always add one or two if you prefer.

Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

This stuffing recipe is a must try!

It’s always the best part of Thanksgiving.

I would love to hear how you make your stuffing!

Feel free to comment below.

And don’t forget to leave this recipe a rating down below.

Thanks for visiting, see you soon!

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Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

This is an easy, simple yet delicious stuffing recipe that everyone will love!
Course Thanksgiving
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 47 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • (3) 20 oz loaves of bread (torn into pieces)
  • 6 celery ribs chopped
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 3/4 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 32 oz of chicken broth
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Melt two sticks of butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add celery and saute until soft about 8-10 min.
  3. Add onion to the skillet and cook until translucent and season with salt and pepper.remove from heat.
  4. Preheat oven to 350.
  5. Place torn bread pieces on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 min or until bread is toasted. Use two baking sheets if needed.
  6. After toasting place the bread pieces in a large bowl or two if all the bread doesn't fit.

  7. Pour celery, onion, and butter mixture over the bread.
  8. Sprinkle the poultry seasoning evenly over the bread.
  9. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. Slowly add in the chicken broth while you mix everything together with your hand.
  11. Make sure there are no dry pieces of bread, everything should be moist.
  12. Transfer bread mixture to a casserole dish and cover with foil and bake at 350 for 35-40 min.
Nutrition Facts
Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 47 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 91mg4%
Potassium 171mg5%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 115IU2%
Vitamin C 1.6mg2%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Kc

Friday 20th of November 2020

Have you ever use croutons instead of bread. Its great.

Carissa

Monday 30th of November 2020

No, I've never tried that.

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Sunday 10th of May 2020

[…] These green beans are always one of the side dishes we eat during Thanksgiving or Christmas along with my Grandmother’s amazing stuffing. […]

Mike

Wednesday 27th of November 2019

I saw another bread, celery, onion stuffing- “old fashion bread and celery stuffing”- no matter the title, this is Thanksgiving! Bread has to be toasted, it’s a must.

Great recipe, delicious stuffing!

Carissa

Thursday 28th of November 2019

Thank you Mike!

SHERRY

Sunday 10th of November 2019

This is the closest recipe I have ever seen that is like my moms, simple straight to the point. Only difference between your nana an my moms was mom used skillet of cornbread an loaf of bread with addition of eggs, and rubbed sage with the poultry seasoning. Thank you an your nana for this wonderful find.

Carissa

Thursday 28th of November 2019

Your moms recipe sounds incredible!

sARA

Thursday 31st of October 2019

MY MOM STARTED BY USING 4 DIFFERENT BREADS.(WHITE, WHEAT, RYE, AND WE WOULD BUY A STUFFING BREAD HOWEVER THEY DO NOT MAKE THIS ANY MORE. aLL OF US KIDS WOULD PULL APART THE BREAD INTO HER ROSTER PAN WHICH HAD TO BE VERY SMALL. THIS KEEPS THE KIDS BUSY. lIKE YOU SHE WOULD DICE ONION, CELERY, AND THEN APPLES AND LOTS OF BUTTER. sHE WOULD THEN ADD THAT TO THE MIX ALONG WITH SAGE THAT IS THE KEY. mOM LIKED OURS WET NOT DRY SHE WOULD ADD SALT PEPPER MILK AND EGGS. SPLIIT THE BATCH ADD OSTERS TO HALF AND THE OTHER PLAN. MAN I MISS HER.....

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