Basic Bread Stuffing

"This was my Mom's staple recipe every Thanksgiving for stuffing....Sometimes she would add some chopped giblets to it, but usually she made it exactly like this...It's VERY simple and basic, but very home-made and very comforting!!! She hand-wrote this recipe for me many years ago the first time I tried to cook a Thanksgiving meal at my house. :)"
photo by Stacky5 photo by Stacky5
photo by Stacky5
photo by Stacky5 photo by Stacky5
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  • Combine bread, onion, celery and all seasonings. Add melted butter. Toss gently to mix. Then add hot broth to moisten to desired consistency (but be careful NOT to make it soggy; a little dry is best since it will retain juices from cooking inside the turkey).
  • Stuff into the cavity of the turkey before roasting, if desired.
  • OR: Pour all into a large casserole and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35-45 minutes, not letting the top get too crispy.
  • NOTE: Allow 1 cup stuffing for each pound of poultry.

Questions & Replies

  1. Good morning I only have a 9 x 9 deep pan I’ve used everything else do you know if it will cook OK and how long I need to cook it for happy Thanksgiving
  2. How big of a pan will I need for this recipe? I don't plan to put any in the turkey. Thanks!
  3. Can you give me a recipe for stuffing that i can put into turkey and leave in turkey throughout time it takes the turkey to cook.My turkey is 22 pounds.


  1. I made this exactly as the recipe called. WAY too salty. 3 teaspoons has to be a mistake. I would use less than 1. Otherwise, a very basic and easy recipe.
  2. This is a special review in honor of Stacky's memory at Zaar in a cook a thon in her honor. She will be missed, but her recipes will go on to be enjoyed by people for a long time to come! Very nice recipe anyone would love. Very rich with the addition of the butter, I would maybe cut down a bit there. Love the old fashioned sage taste, perfect for the upcoming holiday.
  3. I made this recipe on Christmas night. It would’ve been great if the onions and the celery would had cooked thoroughly. I followed the recipe to a T besides adding diced apples… which should not have affected the outcome very much. I love stuffing and unfortunately this was not a favorite. Not terrible but wasn’t very good.
  4. This is a really good recipe. I would add a little more broth to the mixture if cooking it in a casserole dish, just to make sure it doesn't dry out. I would also boil the gizzards, liver, and neck of the turkey in the broth, then chop them all up and put some in the stuffing and use the rest for gravy.
  5. This was great.... thank you!


  1. One teaspoon of salt.


Editor's Note: Sadly Stacky5 passed away on Monday, October 20, 2008. Hi! My name is Stacy, and I'm a single Mom who works full-time with 4 kids ranging from ages 9 to 21, a brand new granddaughter named Faith, and a cat named Pubert (we call him Pube) who is also my kid... That's his photo as my icon. Oh, and a new kitten that the kids named "KeeKee" but who I call Little Kitteh. I love them with all my heart! Even though I don't have my parents anymore, their presence is always felt and their love has resonated in my life, even after all this time. You'll find a lot of my posted recipes that refer to "Jolean" --- and that's my Mom. :) I sure do miss her... I love music, especially 70's music, cats, incense & lavalights, candles, and I love to play guitar. I've been called an old "hippie chick," and I don't mind that label in the least. I also love to try other people's recipes and find ones that remind me of my Mother, and those precious memories that I had growing up in a household with such a wonderfully comforting cook...I work full-time in a real estate office as an office administrator. I came to this site looking for recipes that were tried and true. I stayed at this site because I found people who were kind, loving, caring and shared the same interest that I do --- food and cooking. I've saved a lifetime of recipes and learned so much about cooking and ingredients that I actually feel proud of my cooking. I bet my Mom looks down on me with pride every time I cook a new recipe from RecipeZaar, and I bet my Dad cracks up every time he sees me photographing what I've cooked! My daughters have actually gotten into the act, too, and are quite versed in searching for recipes and answers here on Zaar. Makes me proud to be their Mom. RecipeZaar isn't just a "website." It's a lifestyle. And some of the friends I've made here are LIFELONG friends to me --- and in my estimation, those types of people are a rare thing to find in this world. :) P.S. Pube says, "Hello everybody!" ;) <img src="" alt="Image hosted by"> <img src="" alt="Image hosted by"> <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"> <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"> <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"> <img src=""> <img src=""> <a href="¤t=craftykookaburras.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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