Best Stuffing Recipe

This is the best stuffing recipe you'll find! It has simple ingredients: white bread, poultry seasoning, onion, celery, chicken broth and of course, butter! This simple stuffing recipe is honestly the best Thanksgiving stuffing you'll try!

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We make the best stuffing recipe every year for Thanksgiving! It's part of our tradition! Our other tradition is to make two kinds of potatoes, including these perfect mashed potatoes. Yes, it's a total CARBFEST!

Years ago, I found this recipe on AllRecipes (I did tweak it a little bit) and I have been making it ever since. It's a simple and straightforward recipe and I know your family and friends won't be able to resist it!

What makes this stuffing recipe a traditional bread stuffing?

There is a great debate on what makes the best stuffing recipe. But a traditional stuffing recipe includes bread, celery, onion and butter. It doesn't usually include apples or any fruits. And it definitely doesn't have any sausage.

What kind of bread should I use for this simple stuffing recipe?

One of the keys to this simple stuffing recipe and why it's the BEST stuffing recipe is the choice of bread. I like a good buttery homestyle bread that's baked by my grocery store bakery.

It's totally fine to use bread from the bread aisle, this stuffing recipe tastes great with storebought bread too! If you can find a bread that has butter baked on top, it will make this stuffing recipe even better!

I add one half of a French baguette to my stuffing but this is totally optional. I just like adding a different texture to my stuffing!

Can this simple stuffing recipe be made ahead of time?

You can make this homemade stuffing recipe ahead of time of course. You can cut up the bread and store it in a sealed container a couple of days ahead of time. I even cut up the vegetables and store them in the fridge until I'm ready to put it all together!

You can definitely bake this simple stuffing recipe ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven or in the microwave!

How much poultry seasoning do you put in stuffing?

For every one pound of bread (that's cut up into cubes), you'll need about 2 teaspoons of poultry seasoning to make the best stuffing recipe.

Best Stuffing Recipe Ingredients

  • loaf of white bread
  • French baguette (optional)
  • unsalted butter
  • sweet onion
  • celery
  • poultry seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • low sodium chicken broth

How to make the best stuffing recipe

This is seriously the best stuffing recipe! I love how simple it is to put it together!

cut up bread in a white baking dish for best stuffing recipe

Cut up the bread (you can do this a few days ahead).

Cooking onion and celery with butter in a pot with a pink rubber spatula

Melt butter in a dutch oven or large pot. Then cook the onions and celery.

Cooking onion and celery with butter in a pot with a pink rubber spatula

Add salt, pepper and poultry seasoning.

Cooking onion and celery with butter in a pot with a pink rubber spatula

And mix it up.

stuffing in a white baking dish before it goes into the oven

Add bread to the pot in batches. Mix thoroughly so all of the bread is coated. Pour half of the chicken broth at a time. Mix thoroughly so all of the bread is coated.

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Pour into a baking dish and bake for 38 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees F.

This stuffing recipe is simply the best! It's soooo simple, straightforward and is packed full of flavor. You'll LOVE this when you make it!

Recipe

Traditional Bread and Celery Stuffing

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 (1 pound) loaf of white bread, preferably unsliced
  • 1/2 medium-sized French baguette (optional)
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (12 Tablespoons), plus additional for the baking dish
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced small
  • 4 stalks celery, diced small
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth

Directions:

  1. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with softened butter and turn oven on to 350 degrees F.
  2. Slice and then cube the load of bread and baguette.
  3. In a large pot or dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and celery and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until soft. Add poultry seasoning, salt and pepper.
  4. Gradually add in 1/3 of the bread cubes at a time. With each add, mix to ensure it gets evenly coated.
  5. Add in 1/2 cup of chicken broth and mix well. Add the remaining chicken broth and mix well.
  6. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 38 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Slightly modified from allrecipes.com.

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