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Classic Stuffing Recipe

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 10 1x


This recipe for classic, traditional stuffing is bare-bones but full of flavor, and you can cook it either inside your turkey or separately in a baking dish. You also have plenty of room for customizing with apple, sausage, or chopped nuts!


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups onion, chopped, white or yellow
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 cups dried bread cubes (16 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons dried poultry seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken or turkey stock


  1. In a large skillet or dutch oven, over medium-high heat, melt the butter.
  2. When the butter is melted, add the onions and celery, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the salt and pepper, and stir to combine.
  4. Place the dried bread cubes in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add the cooked vegetables to the mixing bowl.
  6. Sprinkle the poultry seasoning over the veggies, and then stir to combine everything well.
  7. Drizzle with the chicken broth, and stir again gently to combine.
  8. To bake in a pan: Place the bread cube mixture in a bottom of  a large baking dish that has been greased well (a 9x13-inch pan works great). Drizzle with an additional 1/4 cup of broth. Cover tightly with foil, and bake at 400 degrees F. for 25 minutes. Remove the foil, and bake uncovered for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden-brown.
  9. To bake inside your turkey: Place 3 to 5 cups inside the cavity of your raw, thawed, and ready to go into the oven turkey. Do not over fill. Follow the cooking instructions for your turkey. When the turkey is done, be sure that the stuffing has reached 165 degrees F. before serving. If you have extra stuffing that didn't fit in the turkey, bake it in a smaller serving dish, and follow the directions above.
  10. Serve hot.


  • I love this bare-bones stuffing recipes because it's simple and it's classic. Feel free to add a grated apple, sausage (cook while the onions are cooking), and/or a cup of chopped nuts. You have lots of flexibility for flavor and additions.
  • To make homemade bread cubes, simply buy a favorite loaf of hearty bread (high-quality sandwich bread -- the super cheap stuff doesn't have enough bulk to it). Cut it into cubes with a serrated knife, place it in a single layer on a baking sheet, and bake at 300 degrees F. for about an hour. The bread crumbs should be very dry and a bit toasted. You can do this step up to 3 days ahead of time. Just cool completely and store in an airtight container.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: side
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

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