Easy Stuffing Recipe
This easy stuffing recipe is the only stuffing recipe you’ll ever need. Every year, this stuffing completely disappears. Loaded with onions, celery, butter and fresh herbs, this easy stuffing recipe is a classic. Plus, the homemade bread cubes take this recipe to the next level. So, give this delicious recipe a try during your next holiday feast. I can guarantee your entire family will love this dish.
How to Make Turkey Stuffing
Made from eight simple ingredients, this stuffing recipe is easy to prepare and loaded with flavor. Perfect for holidays when you’re busy making a ton of delicious recipes.
The only thing that takes a little time is prepping your own homemade bread cubes. I highly recommend making your own for this recipe. The texture takes this recipe to the next level. Simply use one loaf of Texas toast bread and tear it into small pieces. Crust included. You’ll want the pieces to be about the size of a quarter or slightly larger. Just make sure they are bite size.
Next, spread the torn bread cubes out on a baking tray. There may be some overlap, that’s fine. Bake the bread cubes for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees. Toss them occasionally to make sure they don’t brown too much on any one side. You will want a total of 12 cups of bread cubes. You want them to be very dry, no soft pieces when you touch them.
Heat butter, onions, celery, garlic powder, salt, and fresh chopped parsley in a pan. You’ll want the veggies to be soft, but NOT browned. Remove the mixture from the heat once the onions are translucent. Let it cool.
Once the bread cubes are completely cool, add them to a large mixing bowl. Pour the chicken broth and two whisked eggs over the top. Toss everything until its well coated in the broth and egg. The bread cubes should be soft to touch but not completely mushy. Next, add the butter and vegetable mixture making sure its well combined with the bread cubes. Add everything to the prepared baking dish. Gently press the stuffing into the dish so it is snug in the pan. Cover with foil and bake for 35-40 minutes. Option to remove the cover and bake for a few extra minutes to brown the top.
If you do decide to stuff your turkey or chicken, be sure the internal temperature of the stuffing reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Since the meat drippings will enter the stuffing you’ll need to make sure it’s fully cooked through.
Tips and Tricks for Perfect Holiday Stuffing
When choosing what type of baking dish to use, I’d suggest using ceramic. Ceramic baking dishes promote slow, even cooking which is ideal for this recipe. For this recipe, I used and 8×8-inch baking dish. An 8×8 dish will give you softer, taller stuffing servings. Just be sure to gently press the stuffing into this dish so that it’s nice and snug.
If you only have a 9×13-inch baking dish, you will want to add a touch more chicken broth to make sure the stuffing doesn’t dry out. The same applies if you’re using store bought bread cubes. Store bought bread cubes tend to be more dense and dry than homemade. Therefore they require a touch more chicken broth.
If you decide to let your bread cubes dry out naturally. Meaning that you cut them and let them sit on the kitchen counter for a few days, then you will need to add a little more chicken broth to this version as well. However, if you dry them out in the oven, as directed below, then you are all set.
You want the breadcrumbs to be wet but NOT soggy. This recipe makes 6-8 servings of stuffing. Please see below for nutritional information.
Types of Stuffing Recipes
There are a variety of stuffing recipes available. However my favorite, by far, is this classic stuffing recipe. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, try adding a few ingredients to make this stuffing your own. Ground sausage, diced apples or even dried cranberries would be fun additions.
You can make this stuffing ahead of time and store it covered in the refrigerator for up to 24-48 hours. Simply reheat it in the oven when you’re ready to enjoy it. Any leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to three or four days.
Looking for more holiday side dish recipes? Try some of these,
- Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Green Apple and Balsamic Glaze
- Cornbread Pudding
- Candied Sweet Potatoes
- Creamy Green Bean Mushroom Casserole
- Cranberry Cheese Roll-Ups
Easy Stuffing Recipe
- 12 cups toasted bread cubes, 1 loaf Texas toast bread torn into bread cubes and dried in the oven
- 2 eggs, whisked
- ½ cup salted butter, 1 stick
- 1-1.5 cups chicken broth, depending on how dry your bread cubes are, you can add a little broth at a time. You want the cubes to be wet but not soggy.
- 2 cups celery, 5-6 stalks, sliced
- 1.5 cups white onion, diced, 1 large onion or 2 medium sized onions
- ⅓ cup Italian parsley, chopped small, extra as garnish
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- baking tray
- 8×8-inch ceramic baking dish
- large mixing bowl
- saute pan
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Gently spray your 8×8-inch ceramic baking dish with cooking spray and set it aside. Option to use a 9×13-inch dish, but see above for more information.
- Grab a baking tray. Using your hands break the loaf of Texas toast bread into bite sized pieces. Crust included. Spread the bread cubes out evenly over the baking tray. You may have some overlap which is fine. My loaf of Texas toast bread had 16 thick slices, which yields about 12 cups of cubes.
- Bake the bread cubes for 25-30 minutes; making sure to occasionally toss the cubes. Make sure the bread cubes are very dry, no soft pieces.
- Once the bread cubes are dry and slightly toasted, remove them from the oven and set them aside to cool.
- In a sauté pan over medium / low heat, add the butter, onion, celery, fresh chopped parsley, garlic powder and salt. Simmer until the onions and celery are translucent but NOT BROWNED.
- Once the onions and celery are translucent, remove the mixture from the heat and set it aside to cool.
- Once the bread cubes are cool (room temp), pour two whisked eggs and 1-1.5 cups of chicken broth over the toasted bread cubes. Toss until all of the bread cubes are well coated in the broth and whisked eggs. They all should be soft to the touch, but not completely mushy. Set them aside.
- Once the onion and celery mixture is cool, pour everything over the bread cube mixture. Toss all of the ingredients together until the celery / onion mixture is well dispersed throughout the stuffing.
- Add the stuffing to the ceramic baking dish.
- Cover with foil and bake the stuffing for 35-40 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Information on a 9×13-inch dish listed above.