A Traditional Holiday Stuffing

Passed down from my great-grandma to my mother, this stuffing recipe is a year-round staple in my house. Its basic composition takes you back to simpler times, and it’s the perfect side dish to warm up to on a chilly winter evening. This stuffing is a no-nonsense type of dish; sticking to the essentials—bread, onions, and celery, and will have you feeling nostalgic in no time. Whenever I make this dish, I’m sent back to my childhood when I would come home from school, kick off my snowy boots, and inhale the savory aroma of the stuffing filling the kitchen.


1 pound loaf Italian bread cut into 1″ cubes

2 sticks butter

2 cups onions, thinly sliced

2 cups celery, thinly sliced

1 1/4 cups hot water or stock of choice

2 eggs

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tbsp poultry seasoning

1/4 cup parsley

1 to 2 cups shredded turkey, pork, or chicken (optional but recommended)


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Toast bread in the oven until very dry.

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat and fry onions and celery until tender, 5-8 minutes. 

Beat eggs in a bowl and add salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, and parsley.

In a large bowl, mix bread, onion and celery mixture, and egg mixture. Add water or stock until the mixture is moist. At this point, you can add shredded meat of choice for more flavor. 

Place mixture in a greased baking dish, cover with foil, and bake for 30 minutes at 400°F, remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes or until the top is golden.

Cooking this dish is a sure way to warm you up during this chilly season. Be sure to share this stuffing with friends, family, or whoever you hold close. Enjoy your bread dressing alongside turkey, pork, chicken, or any entree of choice; this dish will be sure to complement it perfectly.

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