Caramelized Onion and Carrot Stuffing


This Thanksgiving, surprise your guests with a delicious new take on a classic holiday recipe.

Caramelized Onion and Carrot Stuffing
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 35 mins
8 cups


  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 2 large sweet onions, coarsely chopped (2 cups)

  • 4 medium carrots, cut in chunks and/or slices (2 cups)

  • cup butter

  • ¼ cup coarsely torn fresh sage or 1 tablespoon dried sage, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1 pound sourdough bread and/or whole wheat bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (12 cups) and dried*

  • 1 - 1 ½ cup chicken broth

  • Fresh sage sprigs (optional)


  1. In a 4-to 5- quart Dutch oven heat oil over medium-low heat. Add onions and carrots. Cook, covered, for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Uncover; increase heat to medium-high. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes more or until onions are golden**, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; add butter. Stir until melted. Add 1/4 cup sage, salt, and pepper. Add bread; toss to combine. Drizzle with enough broth to moisten, tossing lightly to combine.

  2. Place stuffing in a 3-quart casserole. Bake, covered, alongside turkey for 45 to 60 minutes or until heated through. Or, use to stuff one 12- to 14-pound turkey. Garnish with fresh sage.


To dry bread cubes, spread cubes in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake in a 300°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until cubes are dry, stirring twice; cool. Or let bread cubes stand loosely covered at room temperature for 8 to 12 hours.


For extra golden color, add a sprinkle of sugar to the onion-carrot mixture after removing lid.

To Stuff a Turkey

Spoon the stuffing lightly into the body and neck cavity of the turkey. (Spoon any remaining stuffing into a casserole and chill. Bake, covered, alongside the turkey for 40 minutes or until heated through.) Roast the turkey, adding an additional 15 to 45 minutes to the timing. Use an instant-read thermometer to make sure the stuffing inside the turkey is 165°F.

Make Ahead:

Prepare as above and transfer mixture to the casserole. Cover and chill up to 24 hours. To serve, bake, covered, alongside the turkey for 60 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

161 Calories
8g Fat
19g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 161
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 306mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 3.7mg 19%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 1.2mg 7%
Potassium 125mg 3%
Folate, total 50.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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