This Traditional Bread Stuffing recipe is the perfect side to your turkey dinner!
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I cannot believe that we are celebrating Thanksgiving in Canada this weekend! It came so fast, but I’m really excited to spend the weekend with my little family of 5, keeping low key, watching movies, playing games and eating great food!
But this will the first year in a long time that we won’t be spending this holiday with my parents and sister, so it feels kind of weird. Actually really weird…I have to admit that I have a little ache in my heart that it didn’t work out, but alas such is life. So even though our Thanksgiving looks different this year, I’m still going to cook a traditional Thanksgiving dinner complete with a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, roasted squash, a kale salad and pumpkin pie. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is. I had me at dinner.
Bringing together a big Thanksgiving dinner at once is a lot of work, but you don’t have to stress! There are many things you can do ahead of time to take the pressure off. You can make your pie at least a day or two ahead, you can even make your mashed potatoes ahead of time and freeze them until you are ready, but you can also make your stuffing a few days before. Today I’m going to share my family favourite stuffing recipe with you, since I decided to make it ahead of time. I’m just going to freeze it until Sunday, then reheat it in the oven on the day of.
I know a lot of people like to stuff their turkeys with stuffing but I actually don’t. I find it tedious, messy and I’m always concerned that the dressing isn’t going to be fully cooked. So instead, I like to make mine separate and bake it in the oven.
This year I’m using one of these gorgeous Cuisinart Cast Iron Casserole Dishes from BestBuy.ca to bake my stuffing. This round cast iron casserole dish is the perfect shape and size for this recipe, but it’s also pretty enough to serve out of! I have been wanting deep enamel pots for SO LONG, so when this set arrived, I was so excited! (And yes, I said BestBuy.ca – Best Buy Canada now sells kitchenware, and there is a lot to choose from! If you need any new kitchenware before the big weekend, now is a good time to buy because a lot is on sale until October 8!).
Now let’s get to the recipe…this is my favourite stuffing ever. It’s buttery and so so good.
This Traditional Bread Stuffing has all the flavours associated with Thanksgiving…sage, thyme, butter…it’s so delicious. And the smell, oh my. Is there any better aroma than onions and celery cooking in butter?
I add apples and raisins to our stuffing because this is what my husband likes. But if you wish, you can leave them out, or add nuts or cranberries to yours. Oh this stuffing really is the best in a big ol’ bite of turkey, potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Mmmm I can’t wait until dinner.
Traditional Bread Stuffing
- 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
- 3/4 cup chopped onion
- 3/4 cup butter
- 10 cups of cubed bread
- 1 1/2 tsp sage
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 2 apples peeled and chopped
- 1 cup chicken broth
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
In a deep oven proof dish like an enamel pot, melt the butter over low-medium heat.
Add the chopped celery and onions and cook until tender.
Add the bread cubes, and mix until the bread is coated in butter.
Add salt, sage, thyme, raisins and apples. Mix well.
If you find that your stuffing is too dry at this point, add some chicken broth until it's how you want it. Sometimes I have to add up to one cup.
Bake, covered, for 45 minutes.
After 45 minutes, uncover and bake for 30 more minutes, stirring once or twice.
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Happy Thanksgiving, and have a delicious day!
Disclosure: Best Buy Canada made this post possible! And as always, I only support brands I trust in my own home. All opinions and thoughts are my own. And I LOVE my new pots!