Old Fashioned Bread Stuffing

This Old Fashioned Bread Stuffing is straight up traditional. That means it's savory, not sweet. And it's an easy turkey stuffing, containing no sweet stuff like apples and sausage; it's simple and pure.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Canadian, North American
Keyword dressing, stuffing, turkey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 230kcal


  • 1 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion
  • 5 sticks celery, chopped
  • 5 loaves dried bread- I use a variety including rye, brown , white, anything I have
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp peppper
  • 2 tbsp poultry seasoning
  • 3 tbsp parsley, dried


  • Leave the slices of bread out to dry overnight. * I use cookie sheets and turn it before going to bed.
    If you forget or don't have time, you can dry it in the oven - see *NOTES.
    But as long as it's not really soft it's fine to use.
  • Cut into cubes.
    Cut bread into cubes
  • On the stove top, over medium heat, saute onion and celery in 1 cup butter in large pot until soft- about 7 minutes.
  • Combine 1/2 of the bread and spices.
  • Heat, stirring continually until it shrinks down by about 1/2.
    reduced to half
  • Melt remaining 1/3 cup butter in microwave, then add remaining bread and spices.
    Add remaining bread and spices
  • Then pour butter over top of it and stir continually until softened. (about 5-7 minutes)
  • Stuff turkey with stuffing.*I can usually only get about 1/4 of this into a 13-15 lb turkey, so I bake the remainder separately.
    stuff turkey
  • To bake the remaining stuffing separately, spray a couple of 9X13 pans with nonstick cooking spray and add remaining stuffing, spreading evenly. 
    add remaining stuffing to 9X13 pans
  • Bake turkey in oven according to directions for how you usually cook a stuffed turkey. * I cook my stuffed turkey for 25 minutes per lb (if it's a 10-16 lb turkey). It takes about 5 hours. But do NOT put the stuffing in yet.
  • When turkey has been cooking for about 1.5 hours, Fill your baster from the turkey pan juices and squirt about 3-4 full syringes onto stuffing in pans. Cover tightly and seal with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove and baste again ( 2-3 syringes full). Again, cover tightly with foil, then return to oven and cook for another 20 minutes.
  • Remove the pans of stuffing from oven. *It may be a little dry, but not to worry, you'll mix it with the stuffing from the turkey when it's done.
  • When turkey is done, take out stuffing and mix with baked stuffing in a large bowl. It will now be the perfect moistness/texture.


*NOTE: How to oven dry bread
Nutrition Facts
Old Fashioned Bread Stuffing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 721mg31%
Potassium 93mg3%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 965IU19%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 721mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 965IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg