Easy Stuffing Recipe for Thanksgiving

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This easy stuffing recipe has been a family favorite for years! It’s a classic recipe with a delicious buttery flavor and seasoned with sage, thyme, and parsley.

Truly, we only eat stuffing once a year, so it better be GOOD! My go-to recipe is passed down from family members. It’s one of our favorite Thanksgiving stuffing recipes because it’s so easy to make, using simple ingredients, but the flavor is always spot on.

If you’re a seafood fan, try out oyster stuffing! It’s truly the best and so easy to make too.

Homemade stuffing recipe on a wooden spoon.

It’s moist and buttery in the middle and becomes crispy on the edges. It goes perfectly with gravy, turkey, scalloped potatoes and our easy homemade cranberry sauce!

What is stuffing?

It is a Thanksgiving dish made with bread crumbs, onions, celery, butter, and herbs. Traditionally, the stuffing was cooked inside of the turkey (hence the name) but now it’s more common to bake it separately in a baking dish.

Easy homemade stuffing with fresh thyme, onions, butter and herbs.

How to Make Homemade Stuffing

For this recipe, we use fresh white bread and fresh herbs. It’s different because you don’t need to let the bread sit overnight. Just cube white bread while it’s fresh and toss it in a mixing bowl.

It will be moist and delicious without the extra step of drying the bread. Simplifying dishes for Thanksgiving is always a good idea!

Cubed bread, onions and butter. All ingredients to make Thanksgiving stuffing.

Traditional Stuffing Recipe Ingredients

  • Fresh White Bread
  • Eggs
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Parsely
  • Melted Butter
  • Celery
  • Yellow Onion
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions

  • Cube 10 cups fresh white bread and place in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the butter in a large skillet over medium heat and let it start to melt.
  • Then saute the onions and chopped celery in the butter until soft.
  • Add in fresh parsley and continue to saute.
  • Add in the dried thyme, sage and salt, and pepper.
  • Pour over cubed bread and mix in the eggs.
  • Pour the mixture into a baking dish and cover it with tinfoil.
  • Bake for 30 minutes in a 350-degree oven, covered.
  • Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes until the top is browned.
Fresh bread crumbs in a white bowl with eggs about to be mixed together to make stuffing.

Sausage Stuffing Recipe

You can easily add sausage to this recipe!

  • To make sausage stuffing, add in 1lb sausage, casing removed, and saute with the butter, onions, and herbs.
  • Pour in with the bread crumbs and then follow the same directions below to bake.
Homemade stuffing in a casserole dish.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you put eggs in stuffing?

Yes! Eggs act as a binder and help the ingredients stay together.

Can I make stuffing the day before Thanksgiving?

You can’t fully make the stuffing the day before, however, you can prepare the ingredients the day before. Cube the bread and cover in a mixing bowl.

Chop, measure and prepare the other ingredients to saute the next day. Do not mix the eggs until it’s ready to be baked the next day.

This way you’ll be prepared but safely assembling and cook the stuffing on Thanksgiving.

How to Freeze Stuffing

It actually freezes perfectly! Seal it up really well and it will last in the freezer for a few months.

When you’re craving Thanksgiving dinner again, reheat it in the oven at 350 for about 15 to 20 minutes.

The most delicious homemade stuffing recipe on a wooden spoon with celery.

Traditional Stuffing Recipe

Traditional stuffing is when the bread mixture is cooked inside the bird. You can cook it that way, but you’ll want to follow these food safety guidelines.

Our recipe is for traditional homemade stuffing but cooked in a casserole dish, making it easier to cook and serve.

More Thanksgiving Recipes and Drinks!

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Apple Pie Sangria

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Hard Apple Kombucha Punch

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Easy Stuffing Recipe

A flavorful and moist stuffing recipe that's easy to make! It's baked in a casserole dish and served warm.
4.56 from 9 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 238kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 10 cups fresh white bread, cubed
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter , 1 cup
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup yellow onion , diced
  • 1/4 cup parsley , fresh or dried
  • 1 tsp thyme, dried
  • 1 tsp sage , dried
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 large eggs

Instructions

  • Cube 10 cups fresh white bread and place in a mixing bowl.
  • In a skillet, saute onions and chopped celery in butter until soft. 
  • Add in fresh parsley and saute.
  • Add in the dried thyme, sage and salt, and pepper. 
  • Pour over cubed bread and mix in the eggs.
  • Pour the mixture into a baking dish and cover it with tinfoil.
  • Bake for 30 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven.
  • Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes until the top is browned. 
  • Serve warm with turkey, gravy and cranberry sauce!

Notes

If you want to make sausage stuffing, add it in when cooking the onions and herbs. It will brown nicely and can be baked with the bread. 
Serve this warm as the butter makes it moist and delicious.

 

Nutrition

Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 617mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 997IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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