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Easy Classic Stuffing Recipe – Family Style Stuffing

Easy Classic Stuffing Recipe: If you want a classic stuffing recipe that is moist, savory, comforting, and delicious, this is it! Just traditional, homey, and nothing intimidating.

A bowl of stuffing

My Favorite Recipe for Thanksgiving Classic Stuffing

Have you ever wondered how difficult it is to make your own stuffing? With so many different holidays arriving within the next few months, I thought I’d share one of my favorite stuffing recipes so relax and expect good ol’, yummy dressing.

There are plenty of different ways to make stuffing, but if you are looking for an easy Thanksgiving classic stuffing recipe, you’ve come to the right place! We will walk you through how to make this holiday favorite so you can serve your family and friends something they will truly love.

Simple and easy to customize and add your special touch

This is a very basic classic recipe, just like grandma’s recipe. However, the stuffing recipe that you use will depend mainly on your family traditions. Still, no matter the recipe you choose to use, this recipe stands as a good base to lead you there because it is delicious and lends itself to variations. Suggested variations are:

  • Mushroom
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Giblets

No matter what type of cooking skills you have, this delightful, easy stuffing recipe will help you create the best stuffing served at your next holiday gathering.

Frequently asked questions about traditional stuffing.

Below, you will find the easy stuffing recipe to follow and create this year, but first, let’s discuss some of the frequently asked questions and concerns that arise when making homemade stuffing.

 What is stuffing/dressing?

The stuffing is a mixture of dried bread cubes, vegetables such as onions, and celery, combined with herbs and spices. A few simple ingredients can result in a memorable meal!

Stuffing and dressing are two of the most commonly used name for this recipe and oftentimes, it is always used interchangeably.

 How do you make homemade stuffing?

You will need bread, celery, onions, and salt & pepper thrown in for good measure. 

Once that is done, it’s just a matter of mixing up your ingredients in the right order and cooking them according to the recipe instructions!

  • Step 1: Dry out the bread – This can be done in the air fryer and the oven—check the recipe below on how to.
  • Step 2: Cook the veggies – The veggies need to take their time to cook well. They should cook down for about 10 minutes.
  • Step 3 Mix all  Fold the bread with the veggies and the egg and broth mixture.
  • Step 4: Bake at 350F till the surface becomes nicely browned.

 If you’re looking for an easy Thanksgiving side dish this year, give this recipe a try!

How to dry the bread

First method: In the oven

  1. Butter a baking sheet then cut the bread into small cubes and place them on a single layer inside the baking sheet.  
  2. Bake at 250F in the oven for 40 minutes to 1 hour or until the bread is dried out, stirring occasionally.
  3. Leave to cool completely before using it.

Second method: In the Air fryer

  1. Cut the bread into cubes and add inside the air fryer. If using a large air fryer like mine, you can do it one, and if you have a smaller air fryer, you can do it twice.
  2. Set the air fryer to 200F and leave to cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until the bread cubes are dried out, stirring about every 5 minutes.
  3. Leave to cool completely before using it.

Third method: Air dry

  1. Place your bread cubes in a large pan and leave them to sit on the countertop covered for 1-2 days to dry out. 
  2. Shake up the bread cubes every once in a while so that all the cubes can be air-dried.

 Can I make stuffing the day before?

Yes, you can make this recipe a day before in two ways: 

  1. The stuffing can be done halfway and finished up the next day. You can do this by baking it covered for the first baking time and brown the next day.
  2. Once the bread has been folded into the herb and egg mixture. You can cover it up and refrigerate and bake the next day. I really don’t recommend doing this because the stuffing can end up getting too soggy.

My only advice is to make sure you refrigerate the stuffing and cover it with a tight-fitting lid or foil paper before keeping it in the refrigerator.

 Can stuffing be warmed the next day?

Yes, it can be reheated. Simply pop it into a 350-degree oven until warmed through. However, this recipe is best served hot out of the oven as leftovers tend to dry out quickly.

 How do you keep dressing moist?

Since the bread in the easy stuffing recipe soaks up the moisture, you can add a little broth and let it sit. A little broth goes a long way; if too much is added, it will result in soggy stuffing, which won’t be any good for meal day. 

Now, if you make a mistake and your stuffing becomes too moist or gummy in texture, you can fix this situation. Simply spread your homemade stuffing out in a baking pan so that it’s in an even layer. Bake for a short period of time, keeping a watchful eye on your stuffing so that it doesn’t overbake and become too dry. Once you are satisfied with the texture of your stuffing, pull it out of the oven and place it in a serving dish for mealtime.

 What kind of bread is best for stuffing?

I recommend using a crusty french loaf as I used in this recipe. Sour bread also works just fine. While these are my favorite kind of bread to use for stuffing, you may also use:

  • cornbread
  • bagels
  • sandwich bread
  • baguettes
  • bakery loaf of bread or any other kind of bread that suits your fancy.

What to serve with dressing

Stuffing goes well with turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, ham, or any other meat you may be serving during your holiday festivities. 

Notes: 

  1. The type of butter you use will determine the quantity of salt you will add. For example, if you use salted butter, add less salt, and if you use unsalted butter, you can add a little more.
  2. If using sausage, before you add the veggies, add the sausage and brown it first before adding the veggies and aromatics.
  3. I like to use sweet onion; it contrasts nicely with the herbs.
  4. I like to use low sodium because I can really control the amount of salt I use in that way.
  5. Butter is just more than fat; it also adds flavor, so be generous!.

Other delicious recipes you might want to try:

A bowl of stuffing

Easy Classic Stuffing Recipe

If you want a classic stuffing recipe that is moist, savory, comforting, and delicious, this is it! Just traditional, homey, and nothing intimidating.
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Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 356kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb french Bread
  • stick butter
  • 4 celery stalks finely diced
  • 1 large Onion
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped
  • 1/4 cup sage chopped
  • 1 tbsp Rosemary finely minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme finely minced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups low sodium Chicken broth
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 3/4 to 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp pepper or add to taste

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a pan over medium to high heat, add the onions and celery and cook it down until they start to lose their moisture and become tender. About 10 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic, rosemary, thyme, sage, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the parsley. Set aside
  • Crack the two eggs in a large bowl and add the broth. Whisk well.
  • Add the veggie mixture, bread, and broth. Mix well until the bread becomes coated with the mixture.
  • Butter the baking dish and add the mixture inside the pan. Press well add salt and pepper if desired.
  • Bake at 350F covered with foil paper for 30 minutes and bake uncovered for another 30 to 40 minutes or till the surface becomes nicely browned.

How to dry the bread – First method: In the oven

  • Butter a baking sheet then cut the bread into small cubes and place them on a single layer inside the baking sheet.
  • Bake at 250F in the oven for 40 minutes to 1 hour or until the bread is dried out, stirring occasionally.
  • Leave to cool completely before using it.

Second method: In the Air fryer

  • Cut the bread into cubes and add inside the air fryer. If using a large air fryer like mine, you can do it one, and if you have a smaller air fryer, you can do it twice.
  • Set the air fryer to 200F and leave to cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until the bread cubes are dried out, stirring about every 5 minutes.
  • Leave to cool completely before using it.

Third method: Air dry

  • Place your bread cubes in a large pan and leave them to sit on the countertop covered for 1-2 days to dry out.
  • Shake up the bread cubes every once in a while so that all the cubes can be air-dried.

Notes

  1. The type of butter you use will determine the quantity of salt you will add. For example, if you use salted butter, add less salt, and if you use unsalted butter, you can add a little more.
  2. If using sausage, before you add the veggies, add the sausage and brown it first before adding the veggies and aromatics.
  3. I like to use sweet onion; it contrasts nicely with the herbs.
  4. I also like to use low sodium because I can really control the amount of salt I use in that way.
  5. Butter is just more than fat; it also adds flavor, so be generous!.

Nutrition

Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 699mg | Potassium: 206mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 815IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 3mg

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