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make-ahead thanksgiving stuffing

Thanksgiving Stuffing

This basic Thanksgiving recipe can be made ahead of time at various stages in the recipe.
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Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:40 mins
Total Time:1 hr


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 stalks celery, chopped
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ - 2 cups broth (turkey or chicken)
  • 6 cups bread cubes (optional: toast bread cubes at 350˚F until lightly browned)
  • 1 sprig rosemary (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 6 leaves sage (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 handful nuts (optional; walnuts, pecans, or hazelnuts)
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Roast the nuts until fragrant if using, let cool, and chop coarsely. Set aside.
  • Melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add onions and saute until translucent, stirring frequently.
  • Add celery and saute until soft.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and transfer to an oven-proof dish.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350˚F for about 30 mins. Remove foil and bake for another 10 mins or until edges of bread cubes are crisp.
    make ahead thanksgiving stuffing
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: stuffing
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Our Gabled Home
Cost: $9