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Grandma's Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

Grandma’s Thanksgiving Stuffing is a classic stuffing recipe that has withstood the test of time.  It’s got the perfect balance of chewy and moist, sweet and savory and can be made entirely from scratch, or with some simple shortcuts.
Prep Time1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15 people
Calories: 584kcal
Author: The Carefree Kitchen

Ingredients

Homemade Breadcrumbs for Stuffing

  • 16 cups Dry Bread Cubes homemade* or store-bought (3 large loaves of bread for homemade)

Ingredients for Grandma's Stuffing

  • ½ cup Butter
  • 2 cups Onion ½" dice
  • 2 cups Celery ½" dice
  • 3 tsp Poultry Seasoning
  • ½ tsp Thyme fresh chopped or dried
  • ½ tsp Sage fresh chopped or dried
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 ½-3 cups Chicken Broth can substitute vegetable Stock (The amount of chicken broth needed will depend on how dense and moist your bread it. You want your stuffing to be moist but no standing broth before it bakes.)
  • 1 tablespoon Parsley fresh chopped for garnish

Instructions

How to Make Homemade Breadcrumbs for Stuffing

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Using a serrated bread knife, cut the bread into cubes, about ½" to ¾" cubed pieces, and lay them on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake in a 250-degree oven for about an hour, tossing them a few times to make sure they dry all the way through.
  • Remove from the oven and set aside while you make the rest of the stuffing.  If you make these ahead of time, let them cool completely then transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 1 week.

How to Make a Classic Stuffing Recipe (Grandma's Old Fashioned Stuffing)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large pot over medium heat, add the butter and let it melt. Next, add the onion and celery and cook, stirring frequently, until your celery and onions are tender and translucent - about 8 minutes.
  • Add the poultry seasoning, thyme, sage, salt and 1 ½" cups of the chicken broth. Add eggs and whisk until combined.
  • Put the dry cubed bread into a large bowl and pour the chicken broth and celery mixture over the top of the bread.  Gently fold the ingredients together - the stuffing should be moist but there should be no standing liquid. If it seems a little dry, add up to ½ cup of the additional chicken broth.
  • Spray a 9" x 13" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray, then spread the stuffing evenly into the prepared dish.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45-60 minutes, stirring gently every 15-20 minutes. The top should be lightly golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and top with chopped fresh parsley before serving Immediately. Enjoy!

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Notes

*How to Make Homemade Dry Bread Cubes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Cut the bread into cubes, about ½" to ¾" cubed pieces, and lay them on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Bake in a 250-degree oven for about an hour, tossing them a few times to make sure they dry all the way through.
  4. Remove from the oven and set aside while you make the rest of the stuffing.  If you make these ahead of time, let them cool completely then transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Nutrition

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