Bread | November 8, 2018

The BEST Traditional Stuffing Recipe

This is the BEST traditional stuffing recipe you will ever make! How do I know this? How can I prove it? Simple, it’s been tried and test for decades. This thanksgiving stuffing recipe has been handed down through generations and tested on hundreds of people to be found as THE BEST you’ll ever have! What’s even better is how easy it is to make! Let me show you how!
stuffing in a bowl with rolls, cranberries and homemade jam

Homemade Traditional Stuffing Recipe

Our family makes this every Thanksgiving. We traditionally stuff it in a turkey while it bakes, however, since some of us love to fry or smoke a turkey instead of bake them I’m showing you how to also make this turkey by baking it in the over outside of the turkey. Either way the prep is pretty much the same!
stuffing in a pie dish

How to make basic stuffing

Step One: The bread!

This is a bread stuffing from scratch. So you will need two loaves of quality white bread. Since stuffing is primarily all bread you really do want to choose a bread with great taste. I love to use an italian or french loaf, or the brand artesno. Tear it into crouton size pieces and lay out on a cookie sheet for about 24 hours so it dries out. Toss the bread every so often.

PROTIP 1: if you forget to leave it out the night before you can dry it out faster by putting it in the oven at 200 degrees. every 20-30 minutes toss the bread so that all sides dry out.

PROTIP 2: sprinkle a little bit of your seasonings on the moist bread before it dries, the flavors of the seasonings will infuse into the bread.

french bread torn into crouton size pieces, bell pepper, onion and carrots on baking sheet


You are going to want to grate all your veggies so that they evenly spread throughout the bread and cook perfectly with the bread. Grate onion, bell pepper, carrot just with your cheese grater.

onion, carrot and bell pepper grated


Herbs are what make stuffing so delicious, I mean otherwise it would just be bread right? Sage, thyme, oregano leaves and a good garlic salt and salt are needed!

seasonings, spices, broth, melted butter


Eggs help the bread to have a nice fluffy texture and butter helps give it a nice creamy flavor.

This is the only spot that making homemade stuffing inside the turkey or baking outside the turkey differs. When you bake the stuffing inside the turkey the drippings and juice from the turkey body will moisten the bread so you do NOT need to add any broth to the bread and seasonings.

When you bake the homemade stuffing outside the turkey you will need to add broth!

Do I bake the stuffing inside or outside the turkey?

If you are baking a turkey I 100% recommend stuff your turkey! The organic flavor that comes from the bread baking with all the delicious salty turkey flavor is incredible!

How to bake stuffing INSIDE the turkey?

Follow all the steps above EXCEPT do not add the broth. Toss all your ingredients together so it is coated. Open the legs and stuff the turkey cavity completely full of the stuffing. Squish and squeeze it really tight in there!

PROTIP:  Check your packaging of your turkey-  your turkey might have giblets and neck inside the cavity of the bird. IF so, remove them first and then stuff in the bread mixture.

stuffing stirred up with all the ingredients

How to make stuffing OUTSIDE the turkey-

Follow all the steps above, including adding the chicken broth, and stir until well combined. Bake uncovered for bout 45 minutes and you are ready!! Thats so incredible easy right?

big bowl of delicious flavorful homemade stuffing

Can I make stuffing ahead?

You can definitely dry your bread and prepare all of your ingredients individually. Store them in air tight containers (bread in a gallon bag would be fine, or the bread bag it came in. However, I would not bake it ahead of time however so preserve the moisture inside the bread. Reheating it may cause the stuffing to be too dry.

stuffing, rolls, cranberries and jam


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stuffing in a pie dish
Traditional Homemade Stuffing
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
resting time
1 d
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

Homemade tradiditonal stuffing with fresh veggies, delicious spices just like your grandma made it!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy stuffing, stuffing for Thanksgiving, traditional stuffing
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 94 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 2 loaves white bread
  • 1 onion
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 tsp sage
  • 2 tsp oregano leaves
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs whipped
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
For baking outside of the turkey:
  • 2 cups broth chicken or veg
Instructions for Stuffing INSIDE the turkey
  1. 24 hours before making the turkey tear the loafs of bread into small pieces. you can let it dry in a large bowl or on a cookie sheet.

  2. Now that bread is dried grate (or food processor) onion, carrots, green peper. Combine with spices. 3. Whip eggs and add to melted butterPour veg/spices and butter mixture over bread and stir till coated.
  3. Stuff into cavity of turkey....really sqeeze and squish in there.
Instruction for baking Stuffing OUTSIDE of turkey
  1. 24 hours before making the turkey tear the loafs of bread into small pieces. you can let it dry in a on a cookie sheet. When dried completely Place in large bowl.

  2. Grate onion, carrots, green pepper and combine with spices.

  3. Whip eggs and add to butter.
  4. Pour both mixtures over bread.
  5. Pour in broth Mix well.
  6. stir until coated very well.

  7. Place in a lightly greased 9x13 pan.

  8. Bake 325°F (160°C) for 1 hour- or until top is slightly brown.

Recipe Notes
  • Use a good quality and great tasting bread. Like french or italian bread, or I like the brand Artesno.
  • If you half this recipe it will feed about 6-8 people, You can bake it in a large pie dish or 8x8 pan. 
Nutrition Facts
Traditional Homemade Stuffing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 94 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 440mg19%
Potassium 92mg3%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 2950IU59%
Vitamin C 9.6mg12%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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    1. Its one recipe and two different methods to cook it. Some people don’t like the idea of cooking stuffing in the cavity of the turkey- so there are instructions to bake it separately if desired.

  1. 5 stars
    I absolutely love stuffing and this version looks so easy and delicious, can’t wait to try it!