Amazing Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe (easy!)

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Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe made with pork sausage, onions, and celery. Bread cubes soaked in broth and seasonings then baked to perfection! A perfect and fail-proof make-ahead dish for the holidays.

Every Thanksgiving needs an easy Stuffing Recipe to accompany the turkey and other classic dishes like mashed potatoes, maple glazed carrots, and green bean casserole. Luckily, I have the perfect recipe for you! This stuffing recipe can be prepared in 15 minutes, made in a casserole dish and be done baking in about an hour. Bake alongside other Thanksgiving side dishes to make your Holiday a fast and efficient one.

Stuffing

Dressing vs. Stuffing

Some people call this side dish dressing while others call it stuffing. The reasoning why is because a stuffing recipe is usually stuffed inside the raw turkey and cooked along with it. While dressing is the version of stuffing that is baked outside of a turkey and in a casserole dish. 

So technically this is a dressing recipe, but for simplicity and for consistency with my other stuffing recipes, I’ll call this dish, stuffing, throughout the post.

For more recipes made in a casserole dish and are perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas (very specific, I know) try these recipes: Buttery Corn Casserole and Easy Sweet Potato Casserole.

Pork, Onions and Celery

Stuffing Recipe

So to make this amazingly easy stuffing recipe start by taking an inventory of your fridge and pantry. If you don’t have one of these ingredients listed below, you need to go shopping!

  • Pork Sausage – if you rather have your stuffing recipe without protein you can leave this bit out. Or replace with your choice of sausage.
  • Yellow Onion – these become slightly sweet when cooked.
  • Celery – beautiful color and taste!
  • Poultry Seasoning – this really makes a difference with taste. Poultry seasoning also helps the stuffing to complement other savory dishes on a Thanksgiving table.
  • Salt and Pepper – season to taste.
  • Day Old Ciabatta – you can also use day old french bread. The important part is to let the bread dry a bit.
  • Chicken Broth – or turkey broth. The bread soaks up all the flavor!
  • Eggs – these are used as a binder.
  • Butter – topped with dabs of butter that melt while baking to add flavor and to make a perfectly golden top.

Unbaked dish

How to Make Stuffing

  1. In a large skillet, cook sausage, onions, and celery, breaking apart the sausage as it browns. Once the sausage is fully cooked and veggies are tender, remove from heat.
  2. In a large bowl, add bread cubes. Pour over chicken broth and eggs and toss to coat well. If the bread is soaking up the chicken broth quickly and seems dry, add in some extra broth.
  3. Stir bread cubes with cooked sausage, veggies, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning. Pour into well-buttered casserole dish. Dot the top with butter and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Serve this stuffing recipe warm.

**If you don’t want the edges or the top to get crispy, cover with foil while baking.

Stuffing Recipe

Make-Ahead

Although you can make this Thanksgiving stuffing recipe ahead of time it is best fresh out of the oven! I totally get the need to make some dishes the day before or to eat as leftovers.

So to make ahead of time, follow the directions accordingly. Then seal the casserole dish with its lid or by tightly wrapping the top with plastic wrap. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

To reheat, add a little bit of broth on top (to keep from drying out) then bake for 20 minutes or until heated through in an oven at 350 degrees.

Stuffing

Freezing This Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

Hallelujah! This Stuffing Recipe can be frozen! I love making Thanksgiving day more about family and less about the time spent in the kitchen.

To Freeze. Follow the directions and bake your stuffing. Let cool completely then cover your casserole dish (lid or plastic wrap). Pop that baby in the freezer and it should stay good for about a month.

To Reheat. Thaw in your refrigerator overnight. Once thawed add a little bit of broth on top of your stuffing (to keep from drying out). Then bake for 20 minutes or until heated through in an oven at 350 degrees.

Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

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Stuffing Recipe

Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe made with pork sausage, onions, and celery. Bread cubes soaked in broth and seasonings then baked to perfection!
servings 8 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 12 oz pork sausage
  • 1 yellow onion finely diced
  • 3 ribs celery chopped
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 12 cups day-old ciabatta cubed in 1-inch pieces (or french bread)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth plus more if needed (or turkey broth)
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, cook sausage, onions, and celery, breaking apart the sausage as it browns. Once the sausage is fully cooked and veggies are tender, remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl, add bread cubes. Pour over chicken broth and eggs and toss to coat well. If the bread is soaking up the chicken broth quickly and seems dry, add in some extra broth.
  • Stir bread cubes with cooked sausage, veggies, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning. Pour into well-buttered casserole dish. Dot the top with butter and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour. If you don't want the edges or the top to get crispy, cover with foil while baking. Serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 705mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 308IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy stuffing recipe, stuffing, stuffing recipe, thanksgiving stuffing
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