Old Fashioned Stuffing


My grandmother's turkey dressing recipe is an old-fashioned classic. It can be cooked as directed in a baking dish or used as stuffing and cooked inside your turkey. It makes enough to stuff a very large bird.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Additional Time:
1 day
Total Time:
1 day 1 hrs 25 mins
12 cups

This traditional turkey dressing recipe is proof that you can't go wrong with a tried-and-true classic.

a close up view of a spoonful of old fashioned stuffing being lifted from the baking dish.
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Turkey Dressing Ingredients

You likely have all the ingredients you'll need to make this turkey dressing recipe on hand. If not, here's what to add to your grocery list:

· Bread: This old-fashioned turkey dressing recipe starts with lightly toasted white bread.
· Butter: Butter adds moisture, richness, and flavor.
· Vegetables: You'll need one chopped onion and two stalks of chopped celery for flavor and texture.
· Broth: Chicken broth keeps the stuffing moist without making it soggy.
· Eggs: Two lightly beaten eggs help hold the dressing together and add moisture.
· Water: You can add a few tablespoons of water, if you'd like, to achieve your desired consistency.
· Seasonings: This turkey dressing recipe is seasoned with salt, pepper, rubbed sage, and garlic powder.

How to Make Turkey Dressing

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make this classic turkey dressing:

1. Make Bread Crumbs: Spread the toasted bread slices on baking sheets. Allow them to sit at room temperature until they're hard, about 24 hours. When they're hard, crush the slices with a rolling pin. Transfer the crumbs to a large bowl.
2. Cook Vegetables: Melt butter in a saucepan. Add the chopped onion and celery and cook, stirring often, until they're soft. Remove from heat and drain.
3. Mix Ingredients: Add the broth and eggs to the bread crumbs. Stir until the mixture is moist, but not mushy. Mix in the cooked vegetables and seasonings.
4. Bake Stuffing: Pour the mixture into a greased baking dish. Bake in a preheated oven until the stuffing is brown and crisp.

How to Store Turkey Dressing

Store your leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. Reheat gently in the microwave or in the oven.

Can You Freeze Turkey Dressing?

Yes, this recipe freezes quite well. In serving-sized portions, place the turkey dressing in zip-top freezer bags or another freezer-safe container. Wrap in a layer of foil for extra protection. Freeze for three to six months. Reheat in the oven from frozen.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I loved this recipe, and so did my family," says Patsy Snyder Hennessey. "I should have made a double batch, because they scraped the pan. The only thing I did differently was to baste this dressing a couple of times with a turkey baster full of juice from the turkey I had roasted earlier in the day."

"It was a wonderful stuffing recipe," according to PRAIRIEMOMMY. "We loved it. It was so easy and so tasty – we cooked it in a turkey and it turned out perfect."

"Awesome," says jofus109. "Easy to make. I halved the recipe, left out the sage and added some chopped apple and pecans to the mix. Great blend of flavors and textures."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 30 slices white bread, lightly toasted

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 2 tablespoons water, or as needed (Optional)

  • 2 teaspoons rubbed sage

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Spread toasted bread slices on baking sheets and let sit out at room temperature until hard, about 24 hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  3. Crush bread slices into crumbs with a rolling pin. Transfer crumbs to a large bowl.

  4. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion and celery; cook and stir until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and drain.

  5. Add chicken broth and eggs to bread crumbs; mix until combined and moist, but not mushy. Add water, if necessary, to attain desired consistency. Mix in cooked onion and celery, sage, garlic powder; season with salt and pepper. Press dressing mixture into the prepared baking dish.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is brown and crisp, about 1 hour.

    a close up view of a spoonful of old fashioned stuffing being lifted from the baking dish.
    Oana Ennis/Allrecipes

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

101 Calories
2g Fat
17g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 101
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 228mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 57mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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