Old-Fashioned Bread Stuffing


You can't Thanksgiving without the turkey dressing. This delicious traditional stuffing recipe makes enough to stuff up to a 15-pound Thanksgiving turkey. The old-fashioned dressing can also be baked in a casserole dish.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 1 ½ cup chopped or sliced celery (3 stalks)

  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 large)

  • ½ cup butter or margarine

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh sage or 1 tsp. poultry seasoning or ground sage

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 12 cup dry bread cubes

  • 1 - 1 ¼ cup chicken broth*

  • Sage leaves (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large skillet cook celery and onion in hot butter over medium heat until tender but not brown. Remove from heat. Stir in sage and pepper. Place bread cubes in large bowl; add onion mixture. Drizzle with enough chicken broth to moisten; toss lightly to combine. Place stuffing in a 2-qt. casserole dish. Bake, covered, for 30 to 45 minutes or until heated through. Top with fresh sage. Makes 12 to 14 servings.

    Old-Fashioned Bread Stuffing
    Andy Lyons

Test Kitchen Tip:*

If using to stuff a turkey, reduce broth to 3/4 to 1 cup. Try a mix of whole wheat, white, and multi-grain bread cubes for extra flavor.

Stuffing Addition Options:

1) Stir 2 medium cored and chopped apples into bread cubes. 2) Omit 1 cup of the celery and substitute 2 cups sliced mushrooms. Cook mushrooms with the celery in Step 1, above. 3) Stir one 15-ounce can chestnuts, drained and coarsely chopped, into bread cubes. 4) Stir 1 cup cooked wild rice into bread cubes.

Bread options:

Here are some of our favorite types of bread to use in our old-fashioned stuffing (choose one): white or wheat bread, corn bread, focaccia bread, Italian bread, multigrain bread, and sourdough bread

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

181 Calories
10g Fat
20g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 181
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 342mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1.2mg 6%
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Potassium 111mg 2%
Folate, total 40.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*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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