Classic Stuffing Recipe

Looking for a Classic Stuffing Recipe? My version is made with day old bread, vegetables, apples and mushrooms! Easy to make ahead of time too!

Whether making this for a Sunday night dinner or Thanksgiving, this Classic Stuffing Recipe is delicious! Can be made a day ahead of time too!

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As I was putting my 5th load of laundry in the washing machine for the day, it occurred to me we as a generation of Americans are so spoiled. We have no right to complain about laundry, dinner, or even clothes shopping for that matter.

I was thinking about this and how my ancestors had to wash all their clothes by hand. And how dinner was about making bread from scratch to go with their meat and vegetables.

Sometimes I wonder if it was easier times? Not worrying about the cost of all our “stuff.” You know, the things that give us convenience in life…washing machines, cars, store bought food!

But then I realized, I can’t even sew a button on a shirt, I’m thankful for Target, haha!!

As Thanksgiving is approaching, I am trying to be more grateful and thankful for the good things in my life. It’s so easy to take even the littlest things for granted.

A delicious Thanksgiving spread that includes this Easy Stuffing recipe is something to be thankful for!

How to Make Classic Stuffing

Whether making this for a Sunday night dinner or Thanksgiving, this Classic Stuffing Recipe is delicious! Can be made a day ahead of time too!

STEP 1: In a large mixing bowl, combine stale bread with egg, water, celery, onion, apples, mushrooms, and seasonings. Combine well.

STEP 2: Press into a 9-inch square baking dish (about 2-3 quart). Once you have all your stuffing in the dish, press it in firmly. If it seems EXTRA DRY, add a little bit of chicken broth or water over the top (2-3 Tbsp).

STEP 3: Cover stuffing with foil. Bake for 60 minutes in a 350 degree F oven. ENJOY.

Ingredients for Homemade Dressing (Stuffing)

Bread. You will need approximately one loaf (1 lb) of bread. Preferably stale bread. I choose white or wheat bread (but even french bread and Italian bread would work). Dice ahead of time into large one-inch cubes. My preference would be to cut it the day before and leave on the counter overnight to get it slightly stale.

Vegetables. Celery, Onion and Apples should be cut into small pieces. I prefer the sliced mushrooms in a jar as they retain extra moisture and don’t need to be precooked.

Seasoning. A combination of poultry seasoning, sage, salt and pepper is all you need for today’s classic stuffing recipe. The flavor from the vegetables, bread, and fruit all combine to create a delicious side dish!

Whether making this for a Sunday night dinner or Thanksgiving, this Classic Stuffing Recipe is delicious! Can be made a day ahead of time too!

Can this turkey stuffing recipe be doubled

I get it. Sometimes over the holidays you find yourself serving a large crowd. 

This recipe for classic stuffing will easily double. I would use a lasagna pan or 13×9 for a doubled batch of the dressing.

If using Corningware, such as a 5qt square dish, that is deeper, you may need to add more cooking time to adjust for the depth in the dish!

Can Stuffing be made ahead of time

Absolutely!

Holidays can be stressful enough, so do as much as you can before the big day. I usually try to have all my side dishes prepped and ready at least a day in advance, so there’s no clean up or stress while family is over for dinner.

You can make this stuffing 24 hours ahead of time to keep things simple on the big day. 

I suggest you take it out of the refrigerator at least an hour or two before putting into the oven. If it’s still cold, add extra time to adjust for the chill.

Can this Stuffing Casserole be IN the turkey

I’ve never been a fan of stuffing my turkey with the dressing. I mean, I suppose that’s where it gets it’s name from, but to me, the flavor is off.

However, if you do stuff your turkey with this homemade dressing, make sure the center cooks to 165 degrees F.

Whether making this for a Sunday night dinner or Thanksgiving, this Classic Stuffing Recipe is delicious! Can be made a day ahead of time too!

What to serve with Classic Stuffing.

Stuffing goes great with anything, it’s not just for turkey dinners!

I will make a batch to serve with many easy dinners:

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Yield: 8 servings

Classic Stuffing Recipe

Classic Stuffing Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Classic Stuffing recipe with apples, mushrooms, and much more! The perfect Thanksgiving side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (1 lb) bread (see notes below)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 celery heart, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 jars (4 1/2 oz) sliced mushrooms, don't drain
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 large apples, cored and diced

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine stale bread with egg, water, celery, onion, mushrooms, apples, and seasonings. Combine well.
  2. Press into a 9-inch square baking dish (about 2-3 quart). Once you have all your stuffing in the dish, press it in firmly.
  3. Cover stuffing with foil. Bake for 60 minutes in a 350 degree F oven. You can make this a day ahead of time too! ENJOY.

Notes

For the bread, white or wheat is fine. I like to take my bread and let it sit open on the counter overnight, making it a little stale. Too fresh of bread will get soft and soggy.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 45 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 23mg Sodium: 305mg Carbohydrates: 9g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Today’s recipe was originally published on Shugary Sweets on November 9, 2015.

Classic Stuffing recipe with apples, mushrooms, and much more! The perfect Thanksgiving side dish.

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36 comments on “Classic Stuffing Recipe”

  1. This looks a lot like my stuffing, which means I’m now officially hungry and ready for this holiday to happen! I love using an eggy bread (like challah) because it gets so rich and amazing. I’ve never used apples, though, and I’m totally adding them this year. Thanks for inspiring, Aimee!

  2. Stuffing is my fav!! I love your classic version 🙂

  3. Yes – so agree…definitely thankful for Target!
    Classic stuffing is basically all I eat at Thanksgiving. I can’t get enough of its carby deliciousness! Yours looks perfect and i was so nice seeing you this weekend! Pinned!

  4. Gorgeous homemade stuffing! I’m so ready for Thanksgiving — lots to be thankful for 🙂

  5. The stuffing is the best part of the meal for me.  Then bring on the pie and sweets  LOL!  It is easy to take everything we have for granted.  We have so many things to be thankful for every day!!!

  6. We are big Crunch Pak fans – I’m thankful for them in my kids lunchboxes! 🙂 Really loving the sweet and savory you have going on in this stuffing! Looks delicious!

  7. Perfection! My sister and I have decided to do a sibling thanksgiving this year out west since out parents are in Kentucky instead of heading our separate ways to our inlaws. That means we now have to figure out how to make everything!! Stuffing was one of those things we had neither ever made. I can’t wait to give this a try!

  8. stuffing is amazing, this classic one is perfect

  9. This looks delicious- a total classic 🙂

  10. I LOVE how easy this is to throw together!  And also?  I could eat ONLY stuffing o nThanksgiving and be a happy girl.  Okay, not really, but I do really love me some stuffing.  This looks amazing, Amy!  Recipes from grandmas are the best!

  11. This sounds incredibly delicious! Stuffing is often the best part of Thanksgiving dinner!

  12. We are so spoiled! No need to cut our own apples or shred our own cheese … I love it! LOL. I love CrunchPak because I can give my daughter a healthy snack with zero effort!

  13. Wilhelmina Wessel

    I love using shortcuts to make prep easier, especially on big holidays! This is a delicious looking stuffing, I can’t wait to try it out!

  14. Julia

    Looks so flavorful and delicious! Will make this for Thanksgiving!!

  15. Louse Swint

    The only stuffing for our family is cornbread stuffing. Basically made the same way but using crumbled up cornbread and a half loaf of heavy white bread. I alos use fresh mushrooms.

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  21. Esther

    Aimee, your recipe for Classic Stuffing looks amazing! Stuffing is definitely my favorite part of the Thanksgiving feast! I’ve never tried adding mushrooms before as we always use a combination of apples and walnuts (to add a little crunch). I’ll definitely try making this the day before Thanksgiving because there is always so much to do on the actual day. Thank you for another great recipe and have a happy Thanksgiving!

  22. Anonymous

    This made me so hungry! Talk about comfort food – this is it! Aside from omitting mushrooms (just me – I don’t eat them) I would use raisin bread for the base. I heard this idea on the radio years ago and I love using it in stuffing – I also love the idea of adding nuts – for me it would be pecans. Thanks for all your great recipes. I read your book last week and really enjoyed it – so honest and meaningful.

  23. Betsyros

    I am “anonymous” from the comment just made!

  24. I’ve never made stuffing without cooking veggies ahead in BUTTER! Where’s the butter? Is it really not needed? 

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  26. April

    Love it!! You just can’t beat the classics. 🙂

  27. Katerina @ diethood .com

    I LOVE this!! it looks incredibly delicious! The perfect Thanksgiving side!

  28. Anna

    Nothing beats homemade stuffing! This recipe is so easy and flavors delicious!

  29. Krissy Allori

    This is a great classic recipe for stuffing. Good stuffing is as important as the turkey in my book.

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