Classic Bread Dressing

Classic Bread Dressing

Classic bread dressing for the holidays.

Prep Time

45

Minutes

Total Time

2:00

Hrs:Mins

Makes

12

Servings

8
tablespoon butter
3
cups chopped onion
2 1/2
cusps chopped celery including leaves
1
clove garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2
tablespoons chopped fresh sage or 1 1/2 tsp dried
1 1/2
tablespoons chopped fresh thyme or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried
2
teaspoons celery seeds
1
pinch grated nutmeg
1
pinch ground cloves
1
teaspoon salt
1
pound loaf of good quality white bread, cut into 1/2" cubes (10-12 cups), stale or lightly toasted
1/2
teaspoon pepper
8
slices chopped turkey bacon
1
can 14.5 oz chicken broth
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the half the butter. Add the bacon, onion, celery, garlic, sage, thyme, celery seeds, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Cook covered, until the onion is soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. In a large bowl toss the sautéed vegetables with the bread cubes. Season with pepper.
  3. Melt the remaining butter. Pour it over the stuffing, (if you want a less rich stuffing you can substitute more stock for the butter), along with the 1/2 cup of stock, and toss to coat. The stuffing should just hold together when mounded on a spoon.
  4. Stuff the bird, being careful not to pack the turkey too much with the stuffing. If baking some or all of the stuffing in a casserole, pour a cup or two of stock over the stuffing to replace the juices the stuffing would have absorbed from the bird.
  5. Bake the casserole covered until heated through, 45 minutes to an hour. For a crunchy top, uncover for the last 15 minutes of baking.
Makes Servings

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving ()
        Exchanges: Free*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.