Bread Stuffing

  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 10
Bread Stuffing


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 large celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 9 cups soft bread cubes (15 slices)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 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.

  • 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 Bread 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 this Thanksgiving 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 Facts

Serving Size: 1/2 Cup
Calories from Fat
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.
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