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Grandma's Stuffing Recipe

Grandma's Stuffing Recipe is a classic Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe from scratch.  I even show you how to make your own Breadcubes if you want.  This stuffing recipe is always a favorite Thanksgiving side dish!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
making homemade Bread cupbes1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15 people
Calories: 584kcal


Ingredients in Grandma's Stuffing:

  • 16 cups bread crumbs
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups onion
  • 2 cups celery
  • 1 1/2-2 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Sage
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Parsley


How to Make Homemade Bread Cubes:

  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees
  • Cut the bread into cubes, about 1/2" to 3/4" cubed pieces, and lay them on a baking sheet. ( I like to find bread in the marked down or day-old section of the bakery. You can use a mixture of sourdough, white and wheat bread.)
  • Lay the bread cubes on a large baking sheet and bake in a 250-degree oven for about an hour.  You will want to toss them a few times in that hour to dry out all the bread.
  • Transfer the bread cubes to a very large bowl. Set aside while you make the rest of the stuffing.

How to make Grandma's Stuffing:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut up your onions and celery. 1/2" pieces work great.  Put them in a large pot with the butter.  Cook on medium heat, stirring frequently, until your celery and onions are tender and translucent, about 8 minutes.
  • Add the minced poultry seasoning, thyme, and sage, salt, and 1 1/2" cups of the chicken broth.
  • Pour the chicken broth and celery mixture over the cubed bread.  Gently fold the ingredients together. (The stuffing should be moist but no standing liquid. If it seems like it's a little dry, add up to 1/2 cup of the additional chicken broth.)
  • Spray a 9 by 13" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Spread the stuffing evenly on the baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes, stirring gently every 15-20 minutes. When the stuffing is done, the top should be lightly brown.
  • Serve Immediately. Stuffing is best warm and fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.


Frequently Asked Questions about this Classic Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe:

How to make stuffing, easy recipe:

  1. You can make stuffing easier by buying your bread cubes already made.  They are usually found in the bakery section of the supermarket and will cut down on a little preparation time. 
  2. You can also buy Chicken broth in a box.  
  3. Chopped onions can be found in the freezer section of the supermarket.  This will definitely make it easier too.

How to make homemade turkey stuffing recipe: 

Just follow the recipe below to make a simple stuffing recipe from scratch. 

How much stuffing for Thanksgiving:

When you're calculating how much stuffing to make for your crowd, think of portion size.  I would say about 1 cup is a normal portion size but this is for Thanksgiving, I'd plan on about 1.5 cups of stuffing per person, besides it keeps in the fridge for a few days and makes great leftovers. For this recipe, I'd plan on it feeding about 10 people. 

How far in advance can you make stuffing for thanksgiving:

If you're wondering, Can I make stuffing the day before Thanksgiving, the answer is yes. You can make this stuffing, right up until the point where you bake it, a day or two before thanksgiving.  When you're ready to bake it, just spray a 9 by 13" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray, add the stuffing and bake for about 45 minutes or until the top is a little crusty.


Calories: 584kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 1463mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 472IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 229mg | Iron: 6mg