Make this easy traditional stuffing recipe when you’re looking for the easiest and tastiest Thanksgiving stuffing. Made with sourdough bread, veggies, butter, and Italian seasoning, this dish will soon become a holiday favorite!
For more Thanksgiving dishes to make this holiday season, check out these recipes for Healthy Cranberry Sauce, Perfectly Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits, and Slow Cooker Buttery Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes.
Thanksgiving is a mere few weeks away and I cannot contain my excitement! Give me all the turkey, the cranberry sauce, the mashed potatoes, the desserts, (want to try one of my favs? Try my Pumpkin Snickerdoodles!), and OF COURSE the stuffing. What Thanksgiving is complete without traditional homemade stuffing?
The use of sourdough bread gives a traditional stuffing recipe a little something extra, a tiny tang undertone that I just love so much. If you love sourdough (and Thanksgiving) as much as I do then I think you’ll agree, this easy stuffing recipe is a keeper. (White bread works just as well too if you prefer it!)
Why This Recipe Works
Easy – This easy stuffing recipe can be completed (baking and all) in just under an hour. That means you’ll be able to easily put it all together while you’re waiting for the turkey to bake!
Delicious – The sourdough bread combined with butter, celery, onions, garlic, eggs, and seasonings just cannot be beat for taste. I promise, one bite and you’ll wish you didn’t offer to share with the rest of your family.
Pantry staples – And yes, all of this can be yours (said like Bob Barker revealing a showcase to his contestants) with ingredients from your fridge and pantry. It’s not a fancy homemade stuffing recipe, but it is simply the easiest, best-tasting one you’ll come across!
Versatile – If you like your traditional stuffing recipe with a bit of Italian sausage in it, then you can add that too! Hearty mushrooms also add a lovely flavor to this dish, more on adding those ingredients below.
How Do You Make Stuffing?
- Arrange the cut up sourdough bread or French bread cubes in a single layer (or as close to it as possible) on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Put the baking sheet in the oven, then turn it on to heat to 350 degrees. Once the oven has fully preheated, you can remove the bread from the oven and put it into the largest bowl you have. Set this aside.
- Next, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped celery and onions and stir for 2-3 minutes until celery is tender and onions are translucent.
- Then add the garlic, stir, and cook the veggie mixture all together for another minute. (The garlic will be fragrant.)
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, dried herbs (or fresh herbs), broth, salt and pepper.
- Now, add the celery mixture right into the bowl with the sourdough bread cubes.
- Pour half of the broth mixture over the bread, then toss to coat.
- Then, add the rest of the egg mixture over the over the bread, and toss to coat again.
- Transfer the seasoned bread back to the skillet OR if your skillet is not oven-safe or it’s not large enough, transfer it to a greased 9×13 baking dish.
- Cover the skillet or baking pan with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve immediately (for best results) and garnish with some fresh thyme, parsley, or rosemary if desired, or allow to cool completely before covering tightly and refrigerating up to 5 days. (not pictured)
What Kind of Bread Should I use?
Any sturdy white bread with a firm crust works perfectly for stuffing. Sourdough is a fantastic choice, and French bread works great as well. If you can’t get your hands on one of these, you can use regular white bread or Texas style toast, but you’ll want to leave it out for a day or so so that the bread dries and stales enough to get the texture that you need. Bread that is too moist or soft will yield soggy stuffing and nobody wants that!
Ideas for Customizing this Recipe
- If you prefer your traditional stuffing recipe with sausage, I suggest pre-cooking some Italian sausage before starting the rest of the recipe. If you bought it in link form, take it out of the casings and cook it until it’s done all the way through, then add the sausage to the bread cubes with celery mixture during step 3. You’ll only need about half a pound of sausage for this recipe, which is about a link or two, depending on their size. Traditional pork or beef Italian sausage is tasty but fresh Italian chicken sausage is delicious as well.
- You don’t have to save this dressing recipe for Thanksgiving! This dish also makes a great stuffing recipe for pork chops, a wonderful classic stuffing recipe for chicken, or is simply delicious any time you are craving a side of Thanksgiving stuffing throughout the year.
- This traditional stuffing recipe can easily be doubled, just bake it in a 9×13 inch pan or on an extra-large baking sheet.
- A good Italian blend substation: 1 teaspoon each of dried thyme, dried rosemary, and dried parsley.
- Make ahead: You can serve this dressing recipe right away or you can let it cool, cover, and keep it in the fridge for up to five days. Reheat it in the oven before serving. Or, you can prep it the morning of, and pop it in the oven right before it’s time to eat!
More Holiday Side Dishes You’ll Love
- Candied Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole
- Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Green Bean Casserole
- Homemade Buttermilk Dinner Rolls
- Cranberry Sauce
And of course, you can’t forget the Thanksgiving Turkey! If you’re feeding a smaller crowd, opt for my super easy (and SO flavorful) Turkey Breast recipe!
Did you make this stuffing recipe? YAY! I would love to hear all about it – please rate the recipe below!
Homemade Stuffing Recipe
- 1 loaf day-old sourdough or white bread - cut into ½-inch cubes, dried, bread cubes should sit out in the open air for at least 1 hour beforehand
- 4 stalks celery - chopped
- 1 white or yellow onion - diced
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 3 teaspoons Italian blend seasoning - see note for substitution
- 2-3 cups chicken broth - If you like more dry stuffing, use 2 cups broth
- 2 large eggs
- ½ teaspoon salt - or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper - or to taste
- Arrange bread cubes in a single layer (or as close to it as possible) on a large rimmed baking sheet. Transfer to oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Once oven has fully preheated, remove bread from the oven, transfer bread to the largest bowl you have, and set aside.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add celery and onions and stir for 2-3 minutes until celery is tender and onions are translucent. Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute longer until fragrant.
- Add celery mixture to bread bowl. Whisk together eggs, Italian seasoning, broth, and salt and pepper. Pour half over the bread, toss to coat. Pour remaining half over the bread, and toss to coat once more.
- Transfer bread back to the skillet OR if your skillet is not oven-safe or not large enough, you can transfer it to a greased 9×13 baking pan.
- Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake another 20-30 minutes or until top is golden brown. Serve fresh (for best results!) or allow to cool completely, then cover tightly and refrigerate up to 5 days.
Try adding some finely chopped celery leaves & shredded carrot for yet more incredible flavor. Thanks for your great recipes. Happy holidays.
Can I prepare this night before and cook next day?
Yes, that should be ok!
In the top section you say it can be made in under an hour but the baking instructions are for 40 minutes then an additional 30 minutes plus the prep time. I think you might have meant to say just over an hour.
At what temp?
This is the best dressing I’ve ever eaten. I went on the lighter end of the recommended broth amount (I prefer my dressing a little crispier). Very simple to make, but you’ll wow your family/guests with it.