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Old Fashioned Bread Stuffing

Old Fashioned Bread Stuffing

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This recipe for Old Fashioned Bread Stuffing is one that has been handed down from my grandmother to me.  It is a must for every Thanksgiving menu.  

I decided to share one of my favorite side dishes, the stuffing.  I love a big plate of ultra moist and slightly crunchy stuffing, drizzled with turkey gravy.  I could eat just that.  From the first time I ever cooked Thanksgiving, I have made the same recipe that all the women on my mother’s side of the family have made.  The only difference is that I have added sausage to the mix this year;  normally I leave it out.  Slightly spicy Italian sausage made with local pork.  If you are a non-meat lover, leave out the sausage and toss in lots of wild mushrooms.  Sound good?  I knew you’d love it!

*  if you want to add sausage, precook your favorite kind, then let it cool before mixing in with the bread.

** 10/30/15 I revised this recipe a bit and now add mushrooms.  You will thank me for this change.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Old Fashioned Bread Stuffing


More Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes:

Mom’s Stovetop Turkey Stuffing

Chicken Sausage and Herb Stuffing

Wild Mushroom Stuffing


  • Use day or two old bread as it will absorb the liquid better.  If you do not have old bread, then cube the bread and dry in the oven at 250 for about 15 minutes.  
  • I prefer to use Ciabatta or a Batard.  If you have a favorite dense bread use that.  A dark sprouted rye may be fun.  


  • Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Large baking dish either glass or metal – I prefer glass
  • Foil


Yield: 6 - 8 servings

Old Fashioned Bread Stuffing

Old Fashioned Bread Stuffing

This recipe for Old Fashioned Bread Stuffing has been in our family for over 50 years. Made with simple ingredients, and a crowd pleaser even for picky stuffing eaters.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 2 cups finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup finely minced yellow onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh herbs, finely minced (I use sage, rosemary, and thyme)
  • 3 tablespoons Italian parsley, finely minced
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 cups dry bread cubes (I use ciabatta bread), day-old or two
  • 2 1/2 cups turkey, chicken or vegetable stock
  • 3 eggs beaten


    In a dutch oven cook the celery and onion with the olive oil until soft, about 5 minutes.
    Add the mushrooms, stir and cook for another 5 minutes.
    Stir in the garlic. Remove from the heat.
    Stir in the herbs, salt, and pepper.
    Place the dry bread cubes in a large mixing bowl.
    Add the celery/onion/mushroom mixture to the bread. Using your hands add the parsley, stock, melted butter, and beaten egg mix until moistened.
    Place the stuffing into a lightly buttered baking dish.
    Or you can stuff it into your turkey just before placing in the oven to roast. Either way is acceptable.
    If you are not going to stuff the bird, then preheat the oven to 350.
    Cover the stuffing with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
    Remove the foil and bake for another 15 - 25 minutes, until golden brown and warmed throughout. If it feels as if it is getting a little dry add more stock.
    Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

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Monday 4th of November 2013

Looks delicious! How much sausage would you add to this recipe (if you're a sausage-eater)? :)


Monday 4th of November 2013

I would add about a pound of my favorite sausage. I would remove the casings and precook slightly until crumbly, then add to the mix. Have made with sausage and it is wonderful.

Archana Doshi

Wednesday 21st of November 2012

Wow this sounds delicious. Saw you on Kitchen Daily Curator Network and stopped by to say hi as well :) Archana

Brian @ A Thought For Food

Tuesday 20th of November 2012

Wishing you two a very happy Thanksgiving!

Denise Woodward

Tuesday 20th of November 2012

Thanks Brian. I hope you guys have a wonderful holiday as well!

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