Stuffing…mmm do I have your attention yet!? In our family, just the mention of stuffing gets our heads turning and noses sniffing, we are obsessed with it! In fact, when I make my Thanksgiving plate it goes something like this: Turkey (20%), Potatoes (5%), Veggies (10%), Cranberry Sauce (20%) and STUFFING (45%) and I am not even joking! I could eat just a plate of stuffing if I didn’t think my family would judge me. Now I know there is a whole debate out there, to stuff the bird or not stuff the bird…and do you know what I say?! DO BOTH! That’s what we do! I make more than enough stuffing to go in the bird and have a full casserole dish on the side, and the best is to mix them together to really blow your taste buds away.
It is probably one of the easiest sides you will have to make for your dinner, and most of it can be assembled a day in advance to leave you with more time to focus on your turkey the day of. We always buy a couple of fresh loaves of French Bread from our local bakery and I make an evening of getting my stuffing ready. I like to sit with a glass of wine and my favorite show on TV with a giant bowl beside me as I rip the bread into tiny pieces so it can sit out overnight and get nice and crusty (if you are in a time constraint that is OK too, just stick the bread in the oven for an additional 5 mins from my recipe and you will still have a perfect stuffing every single time!).
Okay, that’s enough blabbing on, let’s get started on this classic holiday dish. Keep in mind, as with most of my recipes, this one can easily be adapted for your tastes and preferences! If you like cranberries or pecans in your stuffing, add em in! Prefer whole wheat bread? No problem! Customizing a recipe is what makes it yours, so get creative and dig in.
- 2 loaves French Bread (will need about 15 c cubed)
- 2 medium Onions
- 1 c Celery (you can use 1/2 tsp celery seed if you don't have any on hand)
- 1 tbsp Poultry Seasoning
- 2 tbsp Rosemary (dried)
- 1 tbsp Thyme
- 1 1/4 c Butter (unsalted)
- 2 lg Eggs
- 2.5 c Vegetable Broth (or chicken)
- Salt and Pepper
- Preheat oven to 300 F. In a large bowl, tear up your French Bread into small bite sized pieces. Spread onto cookie sheets in a single layer and place in the oven for 10 minutes, until lightly golden. Allow to cool completely and leave out overnight to continue the "staling" of the bread (if you don't have time to leave out, keep the bread in the oven for an additional 5-10 minutes to dry out on day of).
- Finely chop onions and celery, add to a medium pan over medium heat with 1c of the butter. Add in your herbs with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until onions are translucent. Remove from heat and allow to cool before placing in covered bowl in the fridge.
- Preheat oven to 350 F and butter (or spray) a 9" x 13" casserole dish, set aside.
- In a medium pan reheat your onion mixture over medium heat (see above if making same day) and add 1.5 c of broth and allow to come to a low simmer.
- Now in a large bowl, toss bread with your butter and broth mixture, be sure to combine well.
- In a small bowl whisk your eggs with remaining broth (1 1/4 c) and add to the bread mixture.
- Add bread mixture to your casserole dish, topping with remaining butter (cut into small cubes) and bake covered for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 30 minutes (or until top is golden and slightly crispy). Serve warm and enjoy!
If you prefer fresh herbs you can use those too! We use dried since we always have them on hand, just make sure they are still good guys (we rotate our herbs/spices every 3-4 months since we use them so much!). If you are going to add some of the stuffing to your Turkey, combine 4c bread with 1/4 of your onion and herb mixture, and stuff into the cavity of the bird. Don't worry about your broth mixture, your butter on top of the casserole will help to keep everything moist.
Be sure to check out some of my other favorite dishes to go with your holiday meals below;