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Bread Stuffing with Fresh Herbs

Scott Phillips

Servings: 12

Especially on Thanksgiving, skip the packaged stuffing mix and use day-old bread and fresh herbs for great flavor.

For a homemade holiday, visit the Guide to Thanksgiving Dinner for hundreds of recipes for turkeypiestuffing, and sides

Feeling inspired? Use the Bread Stuffing Recipe Maker to create a custom bread stuffing recipe.


  • 1 lb. crusty Italian or French bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (10 to 12 cups)
  • 2 oz. (4 Tbs.) unsalted butter; more for the pan
  • 2 medium-large yellow onions, cut into medium dice
  • 2 medium celery stalks (or 3 celery heart stalks), cut into medium dice (3/4 cup)
  • 2 to 3 cups lower-salt chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 160
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 60
  • Fat (g): 6
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 45
  • Sodium (mg): 320
  • Carbohydrates (g): 22
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 6


  • Spread the bread cubes in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. Let dry overnight.
  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. Bake the bread cubes until light golden-brown, 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Heat the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft but not browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool. (The recipe may be prepared to this point up to 6 hours ahead.)
  • In a large bowl, mix the bread cubes with the cooked vegetables, 2 cups of the broth, the parsley, sage, thyme, eggs, 3/4 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. If the liquid isn’t immediately absorbed by the bread, toss occasionally for a few minutes until it is. If the liquid is immediately absorbed, toss in another 1/2 cup broth. The bread should be moist but not soggy. If necessary, add the remaining 1/2 cup broth.
  • Butter a 3-quart baking dish (13×9-inch works well). Transfer the bread mixture to the dish, cover with foil, and bake at 400°F until heated through, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake until the top is slightly browned and crusty, about 20 minutes more.

Bread Stuffing with Sausage and Golden Raisins: Reduce the butter to 3 Tbs. After melting the butter in the skillet, add 1 lb. bulk Italian sausage (or sausage links removed from their casings) and cook, stirring to break up large pieces, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add the onions and celery and proceed as directed above. When you combine the bread cubes with the remaining ingredients, add 1-1/2 cups golden raisins.


For the best stuffing, let the bread dry overnight so it can absorb all the other delicious flavors that make it stuffing; toasting the bread also boosts flavor.


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Reviews (9 reviews)

  • BetseyB | 11/28/2016

    Followed the recipe exactly, but it came out very dry - and I didn't even do the uncovered bake, because the turkey was done sooner than expected. The flavor was OK, but I would definitely add more liquid if I made it again.

  • DORCHE | 11/26/2015

    Simple, favorful, easy... a keeper.

  • Morluv | 11/17/2014

    Made this for 20 years now, using Bread and Cie artesian breads, including anise/fig and Kalamata olive, but no eggs and this is totally missing the sliced black olives and sliced water chestnuts for texture and depth of flavor!

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