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Homemade Stove Top Stuffing

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Easy homemade stuffing made right on the stove top in just 30 minutes! Crusty bread chunks dried in the oven and then cooked with butter, seasonings, celery, and onion in a pot on the stove. This stove top stuffing will be a family favorite Thanksgiving recipe. 

Stove Top Stuffing Recipe | Stuffing Recipe | Homemade Stuffing | Easy homemade stuffing made right on the stove top in just 30 minutes! Crusty bread chunks dried in the oven and then cooked with butter, seasonings, celery, and onion in a pot on the stove. This stove top stuffing will be a family favorite Thanksgiving recipe. #thanksgivingrecipe #stuffing #homemadestuffing #sideidsh #recipeoftheday

STOVE TOP STUFFING RECIPE

I spent this weekend cooking, baking, and taking photos of all our Thanksgiving family favorite recipes to share with you all! It’s probably no secret that Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday.

All the food. All the family & memories made. I love it.

Stove Top Stuffing Recipe | Stuffing Recipe | Homemade Stuffing | Easy homemade stuffing made right on the stove top in just 30 minutes! Crusty bread chunks dried in the oven and then cooked with butter, seasonings, celery, and onion in a pot on the stove. This stove top stuffing will be a family favorite Thanksgiving recipe. #thanksgivingrecipe #stuffing #homemadestuffing #sideidsh #recipeoftheday

I also really love stuffing but not just any stuffing. I love homemade stuffing that is easy and approachable for anyone to make. Which is exactly what this stove top version is.

A good stuffing is soft, moist but also holds it’s shape. I don’t like it mushy and soft. Which is why this is the only recipe I make now. The baked bread cubes hold up nicely to the broth. And any time I can free up oven space is a good thing.

Stove Top Stuffing Recipe | Stuffing Recipe | Homemade Stuffing | Easy homemade stuffing made right on the stove top in just 30 minutes! Crusty bread chunks dried in the oven and then cooked with butter, seasonings, celery, and onion in a pot on the stove. This stove top stuffing will be a family favorite Thanksgiving recipe. #thanksgivingrecipe #stuffing #homemadestuffing #sideidsh #recipeoftheday 

Stove Top Stuffing Recipe | Stuffing Recipe | Homemade Stuffing | Easy homemade stuffing made right on the stove top in just 30 minutes! Crusty bread chunks dried in the oven and then cooked with butter, seasonings, celery, and onion in a pot on the stove. This stove top stuffing will be a family favorite Thanksgiving recipe. #thanksgivingrecipe #stuffing #homemadestuffing #sideidsh #recipeoftheday

How to make stuffing on the stove top

Cut a 16 oz loaf of crusty bread into small, bite-size chunks (about 1/2″) and place them on a cookie sheet tray with sides. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes.

While the bread cubes are baking heat some chicken broth in the microwave until hot. About 4 minutes in the microwave.

Sauté some finely chopped onion and celery in some butter, garlic, and seasonings. Once they are soft and tender, add in the crusty bread chunks and stir to combine. Lightly and evenly pour the hot chicken broth over the bread and stir.

Cover with a lid and let it sit, off the heat, for 10 minutes. 

Stove Top Stuffing Recipe | Stuffing Recipe | Homemade Stuffing | Easy homemade stuffing made right on the stove top in just 30 minutes! Crusty bread chunks dried in the oven and then cooked with butter, seasonings, celery, and onion in a pot on the stove. This stove top stuffing will be a family favorite Thanksgiving recipe. #thanksgivingrecipe #stuffing #homemadestuffing #sideidsh #recipeoftheday

My tips for making this recipe

Be sure and use a very crusty loaf of bread. If regular sandwich bread or rolls are used, the chicken broth will just soak it all into mush. This is also why it’s important to not skip the cooking of the bread cubes. You want them hard and crusty so that they can still stand up to the chicken broth. 

I always buy the country French loaf of crusty bread at Costco. It comes in a 2-pack of 16 oz loafs. 

No one wants large chunks of onion and celery in their stuffing so make sure that the veggies are cut very finely. Plus, they will soften up faster in the cook time so that way the veggies won’t be crunchy. 

Try these other Thanksgiving side dish recipes

Stove Top Stuffing
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Resting Time
10 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Easy homemade stuffing made right on the stove top in just 30 minutes! Crusty bread chunks dried in the oven and then cooked with butter, seasonings, celery, and onion in a pot on the stove. This stove top stuffing will be a family favorite Thanksgiving recipe. 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: stove top stuffing, stuffing recipe
Servings: 8
Author: Jessica - Together as Family
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf (16 oz) crusty bread
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) chicken broth
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion (about 1 onion)
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery (about 4 stalks)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

  2. Cut the bread into small, bite-sized cubes, about 1/2". Lay in an even layer on a rimmed cookie sheet. It's ok if they are touching or slightly overlapping. Cook in the oven for 12 minutes. Checking on them to make sure they are not burning. 

  3. While the bread cubes are toasting, pour the can of chicken broth into a microwave-safe container and heat until very warm, about 3-4 minutes. 

  4. In a large pot (make sure it has a lid) melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, garlic, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until veggies are softened. About 5 minutes. 

  5. Stir in the poultry seasoning, thyme, and sage and cook for another minute. 

  6. Add in the toasted bread cubes and stir to coat the bread in the butter mixture. 

  7. Very gradually (do not add it all at one time) add the hot chicken broth into the pot, while stirring, to evenly moisten the bread. 

  8. Cover the pot and remove it from the heat. Let it sit for 10 minutes before serving. 

Recipe Notes

The crusty bread is not a loaf of French bread. It's those breads that you can find in the bakery or up by the deli. They usually come in an oblong shape, or very round shape. The outside of the bread is hard. Like really hard, while the inside is somewhat soft. 

 

I use the garlic paste that's in the tube. You can find this in the produce section by the refrigerated dressings and other herbs. It makes using garlic in recipes really easy. 

 

1 can of chicken broth is just shy of 2 cups. If you prefer a more moist stuffing then add more chicken broth as needed. I just always use the can and it's the perfect amount. 

 

If you use reduced-sodium chicken broth you may have to add some additional salt after adding the chicken broth. I use the regular, full-salt chicken broth and I have never had to add additional salt to the stuffing. 

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