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Traditional Bread Stuffing

The first time I had traditional bread stuffing was from a box back when I was a young kid. My brother convinced my mom to buy it after having it at a friend’s house. Everyone seemed to like it although I’m not sure my mom was convinced. The first time we made homemade bread stuffing and served it at Thanksgiving dinner was probably many many years later well after my brothers were married with their own kids. Certain dishes only made it to our table via marriage, in-law dishes if you will. This is one in-law dish I grew to love. Right now we’re still making it with store bought bread cubes. I always say I’m going to make it with fresh bread one year, but this just wasn’t the year. I know it’s probably the healthier option and I promise to update this recipe when I finally try it out. For now, we think you’ll love this version.


  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 large celery stalks, diced
  • 12 oz of dried bread cubes (preferably unseasoned)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 quart chicken (or vegetable) stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Fresh, chopped parsley (about 5-7 stems)
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions – Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes

  1. In a medium soup pot begin warming stock, keeping it at a low simmer
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet melt 3/4 of a stick of butter with the bay leaf
  3. Add the onions and celery and season with salt and pepper
  4. Saute over medium heat until soft about 5 minutes
  5. Next add about 1/3 of the bread cubes
  6. Then add a couple ladles of stock stirring immediately
  7. Add the chopped parsley
  8. Alternate adding bread cubes and stock until the all the cubes are incorporated
  9. Add the poultry seasoning and stir to combine
  10. If the stuffing seems dry add a splash of water
  11. Taste and add seasoning as needed
  12. Add a tab of butter and continue to stir until mixture is evenly combined
  13. Remove from heat
  14. Add half of the remaining butter to an oven safe casserole dish then transfer the stuffing into the dish, top with the last of the butter and cover with foil
  15. Place in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes
  16. Serve hot

You might also like this recipe for Stuffing Italian Style, another Thanksgiving day favorite. And while we’re on the topic of Thanksgiving, check out Post Thanksgiving: Leftovers and Gratitude for a little post holiday contemplation.