Basic Stuffing

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
12 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 12 cups 1/2-inch cubes homemade style white or whole wheat bread (about 1 pound)
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • Variations:
  • Oyster-bacon stuffing:
  • 12 cups 1/2-inch cubes homemade style white or whole wheat bread (about 1 pound)
  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 24 oysters, shucked and chopped
  • 2/3 cups fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • Cornbread Stuffing:
  • 12 cups 1/2-inch cubes cornbread (about 1 pound)
  • 1/2 pound andouille, cut into 1/3-inch pieces
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • Apple-Pecan Stuffing:
  • 12 cups 1/2-inch cubes homemade style white or whole wheat bread (about 1 pound)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup chopped roasted pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
Directions
  • In a preheated 400 degree F oven, toast bread cubes 5 to 7 minutes or until barely golden.

  • In a large skillet, melt butter and cook onion and celery over medium heat for 3 minutes or until softened. Transfer to a bowl and add bread cubes, herbs, salt, pepper, and chicken broth. Toss well and adjust seasoning. Transfer to baking dish and bake in Bake at 325 degrees F for 20 minutes until heated through and crust forms on top.

Oyster-bacon stuffing:
  • In a preheated 400 degree F oven, toast bread cubes 5 to 7 minutes or until barely golden.

  • In a large skillet, cook the bacon over moderately low heat, stirring, until crisp. Transfer with slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Pour off all but about 4 tablespoons of fat, cook onions and celery in bacon fat over medium heat for 3 minutes or until softened. Transfer to a bowl and add bread cubes, oysters, herbs, salt, pepper, and chicken broth. Toss well and adjust seasoning and bake.

Cornbread Stuffing:
  • In a preheated 400 degree F oven toast bread cubes 5 to 7 minutes or until barely golden.

  • In a large skillet, cook the sausage over moderately low heat, stirring, until cooked through. Add onions and celery and cook for 3 minutes or until softened. Transfer to a bowl and add bread cubes, herbs, salt, pepper, and chicken broth. Toss well and adjust seasoning and bake.

Apple-Pecan Stuffing:
  • In a preheated 400 degree F oven, toast bread cubes 5 to 7 minutes or until barely golden.

  • In a large skillet, melt 6 tablespoons butter and cook onion and celery over medium heat for 3 minutes or until softened.

  • In another skillet, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter, add apples, and saute until softened. Transfer onion mixture, apples, bread cubes, herbs, salt, pepper, pecans, and chicken broth. Toss well and adjust seasoning and bake.


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