The best Classic Stuffing recipe made with bread, onion, celery, butter, and fresh herbs for Thanksgiving. Some people call this dressing and some people call it stuffing, either way this Classic Stuffing recipe is our go-to Thanksgiving side dish.

Thanksgiving Classic Stuffing Recipe

CLASSIC STUFFING RECIPE

Growing up I distinctly remember going through the Thanksgiving food line at my house (remember I’m the youngest of ten kids so all meals were buffet style), seeing the bowl of Stove Top stuffing and thinking, “Meh. I would rather save room for something worthwhile.”

Oh boy how those days have changed. I’ve definitely had my walk through the valley of ALL the stuffings. When I asked my husband what he looks for in stuffing he said, “Something that tastes like Stove Top.”

Ooh-kay. We digress. No. No. And no. Old habits die hard. Nostalgia is good but some traditions need to be let go.

First, was the year I made stuffing that was so crispy that it tasted like a bowl of croutons.

Next, there was the year I used so much butter my friend Steve said, “Ooh. It’s a like a butter explosion in my mouth every time I bite.

Then, there was the year I used ALL the herbs and it tasted like I was chewing on leaves.

What makes a good stuffing?

Well. I guess that’s personal. For me, it’s not too soggy, not too crispy. I want it to be slightly soft with some nice toasty edges on top.

Good stuffing is like Simon and Garfunkel are singing “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme” in the family room but not blasting it on Alexa on my dinner plate.

The best stuffing makes me think to myself, “Oh, this tastes like Thanksgiving.” Not, “What horrible herb am I biting into? Is this window cleaner?

Thanksgiving Classic Stuffing Recipe

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STUFFING AND DRESSING?

Traditionally stuffing is cooked inside the turkey while dressing is cooked in a baking dish in the oven.

So why do I call it stuffing? Because everyone does. No one calls it dressing unless they’re Martha Stewart.

WHY ARE THERE EGGS IN THIS STUFFING?

Eggs act as a binder to hold all of the bread, onions, and celery together.

WHAT KIND OF BREAD SHOULD I USE?

This is up to personal preference but there are many different types of bread you can use in stuffing. I personally like to use bakery sliced bread, French bread, or sourdough bread.

Here are some types of bread you can use:

  • sandwich bread
  • French bread
  • baguettes
  • sourdough bread
  • bakery loaf of bread

DRY THE BREAD

After you’ve cut your bread into 1-inch cubes, you can dry your bread two ways:

    1. Place your bread cubes in a large bowl and them them sit on the counter covered for 1-2 days to dry out. Stir the bread cubes every once in a while.
    2. If you don’t have time to air-dry your bread, you can toast it. Lay bread cubes on baking sheets in a single layer and toast at 250 degrees for 45-60 minutes stirring every once in a while.

CAN I USE DRIED HERBS INSTEAD OF FRESH HERBS?

You can use 2 teaspoons of poultry seasonings instead of the fresh herbs in this recipe.

In my opinion however, there is no replacement for the smell and taste of fresh herbs.

Thanksgiving Classic Stuffing Recipe

CAN I PREPARE STUFFING AHEAD OF TIME?

Since this stuffing has eggs in it, it’s best to make it the same day or bake and then reheat the day of.

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Classic Stuffing Recipe

This is the best Classic Stuffing recipe with bread, onion, butter, and fresh herbs. You can't go wrong with this Thanksgiving stuffing recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb bread cut into 1-inch cubes - about 12 cups (see note)
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme (sticks discarded)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth

Instructions

  1. You can dry your bread cubes two ways:

    Place your bread cubes in a large bowl and them them sit on the counter covered for 1-2 days to dry out. Stir the bread cubes every once in a while.

    If you don't have time to air-dry your bread, you can toast them. Lay bread cubes on baking sheets in a single layer and toast at 250 degrees for 45-60 minutes stirring every once in a while. Transfer bread cubes to a large bowl.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. 

  3. In a skillet, melt the butter and add the onion and celery. Sautee until vegetables are soft. Pour mixture into the bowl with the bread. Add the parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir together. 

  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the chicken broth and whisk together. Pour mixture over bread cubes and mix well. Pour into prepared baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes until top is golden brown and middle is set.

Recipe Notes

This is up to personal preference but there are many different types of bread you can use in stuffing.  I personally like to use bakery sliced bread, French bread, or sourdough bread.

Here are some types of bread you can use:

sandwich bread
French bread
baguettes
sourdough bread
bakery loaf of bread

Thanksgiving Classic Stuffing Recipe