Classic Homemade Stuffing Recipe

Homemade Stuffing Recipe featuring classic bread stuffing studded with onions and celery in a grey bowl.

This homemade stuffing recipe is the classic holiday side dish you are looking for! Passed down through generations and featuring simple ingredients with perfect poultry seasoning flavour. Stuff your turkey, chicken, or just make a large pan full and bake separately. 

If you’re looking for a classic homemade bread stuffing recipe, look no further! My mom’s recipe is so easy to make and is the perfect side dish for a delicious turkey dinner over the holidays. Our family loves stuffing so much, I always make a pan of it to go alongside a bowl of Spinach Stuffing Balls and the Green Bean Casserole

My Mom’s Homemade Bread Stuffing Recipe

Today I’m so pleased to share my mom’s Homemade Bread Stuffing recipe with you. It’s such a classic side dish made with simple ingredients but it’s the perfect side dish alongside a roasted turkey or chicken dinner.

Homemade Stuffing Recipe featuring classic bread stuffing studded with onions and celery in a clear baking pan.

The aroma that fills your home as it cooks is unmistakable to anyone who visits. Breathe deeply and enjoy the mouthwatering scent of classic bread stuffing as it bakes inside or alongside your main. 

What Ingredients Are in This Homemade Stuffing Recipe?

This stuffing is a very basic recipe made with six ingredients plus seasonings. All you need is a loaf of bread, some celery and onion, chicken stock, and butter. What makes this stuffing so very delicious is a good amount of poultry seasoning

Celery and onions in a dark frying pan.

Poultry seasoning is a blend of herbs and spices that includes a combination of dried ground sage, savoury, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, black pepper, and nutmeg. Ground cloves and either celery seed or salt may also be a part of the blend. 

Onions, torn bread, and celery in a stainless steel bowl.

What Bread is Best For This Homemade Stuffing Recipe?

In short, you can use any bread you like in stuffing as long as it’s stale. I prefer whole wheat or sometimes white bread in my stuffing but will never use bread with seeds or sourdough as it makes the stuffing taste too sour. Cornbread stuffing is absolutely delicious as well. 

Homemade Stuffing with classic bread stuffing studded with onions and celery.

Making stuffing is a great way to use up the ends or heels of bread, so start collecting unused bread a few weeks before you intend to make it. Tear it up into smaller pieces and let it dry out in a pan on top of your fridge. If you forget and are stuck for time, tear a loaf of bread into pieces and dry them out in your oven. If the bread isn’t dry, you may end up with overly mushy stuffing and the texture can be quite off-putting.

A spoonful of Homemade Stuffing above a grey bowl filled with classic bread stuffing studded with onions and celery.

How To Make Perfect Homemade Stuffing

Once you have all the stale bread ready to go, you’re ready for the next step; the vegetables. I like to small dice my onion and celery before I sauté them in butter. Sautéing the vegetables until they become soft and translucent is very important step. If you skip it, you’ll end up with crunchy, uncooked vegetables in the finished dish. 

To finish, add the poultry seasoning and sauté for a minute or two for maximum flavour. Next, add the vegetables to the torn bread then season with salt and pepper. Lastly, drizzle melted butter and chicken broth over the bread mixture and mix well. Test the moisture level by gripping a handful of the mixture. If it clumps together, it’s perfect. If not, just add a bit more plain water or stock until it begins to stick together.

Homemade Stuffing Recipe featuring classic bread stuffing studded with onions and celery in a grey bowl.

Variations on Homemade Stuffing

This is a very basic recipe and many people often add other ingredients to suit their personal tastes. Some enjoy the texture that nuts or water chestnuts bring to the dish, or the flavour of dried cranberries. Adding proteins such as sausage, turkey giblets, and even oysters are also popular. I’ve never had oyster stuffing but I bet it’s delicious! 

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Homemade Stuffing Recipe

Homemade Stuffing Recipe

This homemade stuffing recipe is the classic holiday side dish you are looking for! Passed down through generations and featuring simple ingredients with the perfect poultry seasoning flavour. Stuff your turkey, chicken, or just make a large pan full and bake separately.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf bread; torn into 1-2 cm pieces and dried overnight.
  • 4 sticks green celery (preferably with some leaves); finely diced
  • 1 medium onion; finely diced 
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter; melted
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • poultry seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. The night before, tear up the bread and let it dry out on the counter overnight.
  2. In the morning, sauté the celery and onion until they become soft and the onion becomes translucent.
  3. Place bread, vegetables, butter, stock, and poulty seasoning in a large bowl and season. Mix it up well and place in a 9x12 glass baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, remove foil and broil until the top becomes golden.

Notes

If you want to use this stuffing in a turkey, please refer to this Turkey post for cooking times.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 294 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 25mg Sodium: 431mg Carbohydrates: 39g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 5g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 7g
Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

8 comments

  1. Natalie

    I’m so happy I stumbled onto this recipe. It’s just what I need for upcoming holidays. Can’t wait to give it a try. Looks so delicious.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Wonderful!! I hope you enjoy this classic recipe Natalie.

      Reply

  2. Justine Howell

    Love all the celery in this one! Perfectly moist.

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  3. Isabelle @ Crumb

    Love this recipe! Stuffing is literally my favourite part of the holiday meal, and as much as I love the gourmet versions with loads of different add-ins, I will always have a soft spot for the classic. Honestly, I’m tempted to just make a big batch on a random weekday just so I can get my fix.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Funny enough that is exactly what I did haha. My mom also makes stuffed pork ribs where she places the stuffing between 2 racks of ribs. It’s a great alterative if you don’t want to roast a chicken or turkey.

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  4. Philip

    There is truly nothing better about the holidays than stuffing. This is an instant classic!

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  5. Matt - Total Feasts

    One of the best things about Christmas dinner has to be the stuffing, and frankly, it is hard to beat the classics!

    Reply

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