Bread Stuffing

bread stuffing Side Dish
Bread Stuffing
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 10

Make room on your plate for this classic stuffing recipe that’s the essential side dish for every holiday gathering. With the perfect blend of hearty herbs, buttery goodness and warm, yeasty bread, this turkey/thanksgiving dressing recipe will be your family’s go-to classic for years to come. MORE+ LESS-

Updated June 13, 2019


cup butter
large celery stalks, chopped
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
cups soft bread cubes (15 slices)
1 1/2
teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
teaspoon salt
teaspoon ground sage
teaspoon pepper


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  • 1
    Melt butter in 4-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook celery and onion in butter 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Remove Dutch oven from the heat.
  • 2
    Gently toss celery mixture and remaining ingredients, using spoon, until bread cubes are evenly coated.
  • 3
    Use to stuff one 10- to 12-pound turkey. Or to bake stuffing separately, grease 3-quart casserole or rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2 inches. Place stuffing in casserole or baking dish. Cover with lid or aluminum foil and bake at 325°F for 30 minutes; uncover and bake 15 minutes longer.

Expert Tips

  • Anticipate making stuffing to accompany holiday or even everyday meals (go beyond partnering with turkey, think stuffed pork chops or a crisply browned roast chicken). Designate a large resealable freezer bag as your bread “pantry”, adding pieces of leftover bakery bread that’s beginning to dry out or the heels of your favorite sliced breads. Tear or coarsely chop the bread into chunks before adding it to the bag to maximize how much you fit into it.
  • Explore the new world of excellent breads for making a batch of stuffing. Most groceries now carry an almost unlimited assortment of artisan-style breads—sourdoughs, rye, whole-grains, garlicky herb, even cornbread or gluten-free loaves. Switch up what you use, depending on the rest of your menu or your personal taste and texture preferences.
  • For a little more texture in the stuffing, try adding a handful of chopped parsnip or fresh fennel with your celery to increase your veggie amount. While you’re at it, toss in some chopped fresh parsley to freshen up the herbal flavors of the dried thyme and sage.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15 g
Saturated Fat
9 g
35 mg
540 mg
100 mg
Total Carbohydrate
20 g
Dietary Fiber
1 g
10 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1 Starch; 1 Vegetable; 3 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • First of all, there’s the whole “what do you call it?” debate. Most cooks believe that the method of preparation should determine what you call this dish. If it’s a crumbled-bread dish that’s baked in poultry’s internal cavity and roasted, it’s stuffing, but if that same dish is prepared in a separate, freestanding container, then it’s usually called dressing. That guideline, while followed in most regions of the country, is tossed aside in the deep south, where every bread-forward side dish goes by the name “dressing.” Whew! And we haven’t even brought up the cornbread vs. yeast bread debate yet! No worries, whatever you call it and however you want to prepare it, we’ve got you covered with a homemade stuffing recipe that will have everyone at your gathering asking for seconds, thirds and maybe even a bag of leftovers to take home. Once you’ve mastered some of the basics for easy turkey stuffing, you can branch out with some all-year-long stuffing recipe ideas.

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