Homemade Old-Fashioned Stuffing Recipe

Jessica Published April 14, 2020

White bread, turkey giblets, oysters and mushrooms make this a truly classic recipe.

How To Make Homemade Old-Fashioned Stuffing

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  • 4 loaves white bread
  • water
  • chicken broth
  • turkey giblets
  • 2 bunches celery
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • oysters optional
  • mushrooms optional


  • One night in advance, break the bread into small pieces (about 1-inch squares) into 2 huge bowls or pots. Let the bread sit overnight to dry out.
  • After one night, remove the turkey's giblets and boil them in water in a 2/3 qt. saucepan until they become cooked (about 20/30 minutes). 
  • Remove the giblets for later use or discard. Set the cooking water used for the giblets aside. 
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Chop the onion and celery and place them into your food processor until they are minced. Afterward, melt 2-3 tbs. of butter in a large saucepan. 
  • Sauté the onion and celery (and mushrooms if you wish) until they are heated through. Make sure not to brown them.
  • Depending on how much stuffing you want and how much celery and onion you've chopped, you may have to sauté the onion and celery in two parts.
  • Once cooked, pour the onion/celery mixture directly over the dried out bread. Then pour 1/2 tsp. sage over the bread/onion/celery mixture. 
  • Pour the reserved giblet cooking water slowly over bread. The bread will shrink as you do this. So be careful not to pour too much water in. 
  • Stir the mixture thoroughly and smell/taste it to ensure perfect stuffing. If you need more liquid, open a can of chicken broth and pour it over bread. If you need more spice, add more sage. If you wish to use oysters, add them immediately.
  • Once the stuffing is of a firm and tender consistency, make sure not to add any more liquid. 
  • You can either place the stuffing in the turkey to be baked in the oven. (When not using an oven, you can place it in a 9x13 pan. When using oysters, it is recommended that you bake the stuffing in a pan so as to ensure the oysters will be cooked through). 
  • Bake the turkey with the stuffing in the preheated oven for 45 minutes to an hour. Make sure that the stuffing forms a nice brown crust on top.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg


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