Homemade Stuffing: the best-ever stuffing recipe for your Thanksgiving meal

Total time: 75 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 8 people
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In many households, Thanksgiving means turkey, and turkey means stuffing. Loaded with fresh herbs, garlic, tender chopped celery, and onions, this buttery homemade stuffing might be the tastiest out there. Part crispy, part tender, homemade stuffing, also known as dressing, is wonderful with a beautifully roasted Thanksgiving turkey plus all the fixings.

You can use it to stuff your turkey or serve it as a true side dish, which is a great option for folks who cook dishes other than turkey on Thanksgiving. This stuffing recipe is incredibly versatile, and you can add other ingredients to make it go with any main meal.

Easy Tips for Making the Best Homemade Stuffing

To make the best croutons, use stale or toasted bread. If toasting the bread yourself, bake the cubed bread at 350F for 15 minutes.

Stuffing browning too quickly? Tent foil over the stuffing while it's baking.

Use vegetable stock to make vegetarian homemade stuffing.

Fresh herbs taste best, but you can use dried herbs instead. One tablespoon of fresh herbs is equal to one teaspoon of dried herbs.

To make gluten-free stuffing use your favorite gluten-free bread.

Use keto bread to make low-carb stuffing.

This recipe can easily be doubled or halved depending on your needs.

Add sausage, bacon, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, cured meats, oysters, or extra veggies to put a delicious spin on this classic stuffing recipe.

Use leftover stuffing for soups, casseroles, and sandwiches, or add it to muffins or savory pies.

How to Store Homemade Thanksgiving Stuffing

Keep stuffing in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy within 3 days. To reheat, bake at 350F for 15 to 20 minutes until heated through. You can add a tablespoon or two of stock to help prevent the stuffing from drying out while reheating.

bread, cubed
18 to 24 ounces
unsalted butter, melted
1 cup
yellow or red onion, diced
3 cups
celery, diced
2 cups
Garlic, minced
6 cloves
kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
fresh sage, chopped
3 tbsp
fresh parsley, chopped
3 tbsp
Fresh rosemary, chopped
3 tbsp
Large eggs
Chicken stock
2 1/2 cups
fresh herbs for garnish

How to Make Homemade Stuffing

Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease a casserole dish with olive oil or butter.

In a skillet bowl or pot, add melted butter.

Add onion, and celery. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes until the vegetables soften.

Mix in the fresh herbs and cook for one minute.

Pour in the stock.

Put the bread in a large bowl, then stir in one cup of the onion mixture. Toss to combine.

In a bowl, combine the rest of the stock and the eggs.

Add to the bread mixture and fold to combine.

Transfer to the prepared casserole dish.

Top with more herbs, if desired.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the stuffing reads 160F on an instant-read thermometer. Use it to stuff your turkey or serve it as side dish. Enjoy!


Use a 9×13-inch baking dish for this recipe.

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