Stuffing is my favorite part of Thanksgiving. Two years ago, I hunted for a no-frills stuffing recipe. I didn’t want meat, apples or anything like that in it. I found this recipe, got loads of compliments on it, and have made it multiple times since. So, here’s what you do.
Easy Bread and Celery Stuffing
Ingredients (for 10 servings):
1 1lb loaf of sliced white bread (or some people use french bread)
3/4 cup of butter
4 stalks of celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 teaspoons Poultry Seasoning
1 cup chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
Let the bread slices dry until a little bit rough on the outside. If you don’t have time to dry the bread, just turn your oven to 200 degrees, spread the bread slices on a cookie sheet and bake for a few minutes until the side up is dry. Flip the bread over and bake the other side until dry. In fact, I thought I didn’t have enough stuffing last weekend so I just took a frozen loaf of white bread and put it straight in the oven. Totally fine. Then cut the bread into cubes.
Melt the butter in a stock pot or dutch oven. Cook the onion and celery until barely soft. If you cook them too long, they will be soggy in the stuffing. It needs a little texture. Season with Poultry Seasoning, salt and pepper.
Stir in bread crumbs until coated. Pour in chicken broth. Chill and then stuff turkey or bake in a casserole pan at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. I like it a bit crispy on top so do it for almost the full 40. Up to you. Here’s the Poultry Seasoning I used. It was about $3.50 on sale at VONS.
You can make your own Poultry Seasoning though.
Here’s the other thing: Once I tripled the recipe. Four pounds of white bread at Costco is about $4.00 (so I used $3.00 of that). Poultry Seasoning was $3.50 (didn’t use the whole thing). Celery and onions were maybe $2 and butter around $3.00. So, 30 servings of stuffing were about $11.50. Not too shabby, right?
The other thing I do is save the ends of bread that no one wants to eat. Even if they are wheat, I’ll toss them into this stuffing. No one has any idea they are there.
I originally found the basis for this recipe on AllRecipes.com and it received 4.5 starts from 460 reviews.
Also see Roasted Brussel Sprouts With Grapes and Walnuts for another Thanksgiving side dish recipe idea.