Betty Crocker's Classic Bread Turkey Stuffing

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 5 mins

This is the stuffing that my mom makes very Thanksgiving, and it's absolutely divine. The holiday just isn't the same without the taste of this dish. The day after it's cooked, it's wonderful cold, too! This recipe makes enough for a 12-pound turkey, about three quarts of stuffing.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large, heavy skillet over medium heat melt the butter, then sauté the onion and celery (and mushroom, if using) until the onion is soft, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in the salt, pepper, and sage and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  3. Place the bread cubes into a large, deep bowl.
  4. Pour 1/4 cup of the butter/celery mixture over the cubes and toss well, then repeat steps until all of the butter mixture is used.
  5. Toss the cubes thoroughly to coat.
  6. (Regarding the optional chicken broth: for dry stuffing, add little or no liquid; for moist stuffing mix in lightly with fork just enough chicken broth to moisten dry crumbs.) Let cool and use as stuffing for the turkey.
  7. We've made this stuffing in the crockpot, as well, adding the chicken broth for moistness.
  8. Adapted from Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book, circa 1950.
  9. Note: regardling the amount of salt - yes, the amount listed above is correct and is what is listed in the original Betty Crocker recipe. When the butter mixture is first added to the bread, if you taste it at this point it might seem salty (because it is sitting right on the surface of the bread) but remember that the liquid and butter soaks into the bread and redistributes evenly. Also, this recipe, being from the 1950s, is specifically for cooking *inside* the turkey, which a lot of people no longer do, and again the salt will redistribute from the juices in the meat. If you use a crockpot for cooking your stuffing, I'd recommend reducing the amount of salt.
  10. Note #2: again, regarding the salt. You're going to have to decide for yourself about the salt. Having eaten this recipe for every year of my life I know it tastes wonderful as it's written. But that's just me.
Most Helpful

Very tasty and very easy to make. The stuffing that came out of my turkey was the first thing on my table to disappear. The only ingredient that I added was leek. 3 stalks, finely chopped and sauteed with the onion. {I love leek and try to use it as often as possible)

ElenaLA December 26, 2002

Simple. I always hated stuffing until I discovered this recipe! I upped the bread to 16 c., added 1/2 c. of butter, reduced the salt to 2 tsp, dampened with chicken broth, and baked in casserole dishes at 350 for 20-ish minutes. I think next time I'll throw in some poultry seasoning and pork sausage for fun, but it's amazing as is.

WillsMommy November 29, 2010

I'm Mom, and this is how I make our dressing every year. We now use the crock pot rather than stuffing the turkey, but it still comes out wonderful. If you think your dressing is a bit too dry, try adding a mixture of broth and a little melted butter, mix well, cover, and let it sit for a few minutes before fluffing with a fork for serving. My kids won't let me make stuffing any other way but by using this recipe, and I love it, too.

Juliesmom December 25, 2009

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