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Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing or Dressing.

Traditional Stuffing Recipe

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WW Freestyle: 8
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
This Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe has the perfect combination of buttery, warm bread plus hearty herbs and aromatics. It's an easy stuffing recipe that will soon be your go-to recipe for years to come!
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 276


  • 1 loaf (1 pound) bread, cut into about 1/2-inch cubes and dried (you'll need around 10 cups of bread cubes)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 small yellow onions, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste (I use about 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper)
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • chopped parsley for garnish



  • Before you begin, make sure bread is dry/stale. If bread isn't dry, place cut up bread cubes on baking sheets and bake at 200˚F for 20 minutes.


  • Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  • Butter a 3-quart baking dish and set aside.
  • Place dried bread cubes in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Melt 6 tablespoons butter in a large skillet set over medium heat.
  • Stir in onions and celery; cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until soft.
  • Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Stir in sage, thyme, and rosemary; cook for about a minute, or until fragrant.
  • Stir in parsley and season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
  • Add sautéed onions and celery to the bread cubes and stir to combine.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together broth and eggs; pour over bread mixture and mix until everything is completely coated.
  • Transfer mixture to previously prepared baking dish; smooth it out and cover with foil.
  • Bake for 45 minutes; remove foil and continue to bake for 15 more minutes, or until top is lightly browned.
  • Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.


  • Melt 10 tablespoons butter in a large skillet; add celery and onions and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. NOTE: We're using more butter than in the recipe above. Also, for this method, we will not be using eggs and chicken broth.
  • Stir in garlic and fresh herbs and cook for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
  • Stir in dry bread cubes and gently toss with a spoon until all bread cubes are evenly coated. You might want to do this part in a large mixing bowl because you'll need more space.
  • Stuff a 10 to 12 pound raw turkey with the stuffing, then bake. 
Nutrition Facts
Traditional Stuffing Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 430mg18%
Potassium 307mg9%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 626IU13%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 117mg12%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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