Friday, November 9, 2012

My Mother's Stuffing


We always host Thanksgiving, and I enjoy doing it, because it is an easy meal to prepare. So much can be done ahead of time, and we are pretty traditional with the menu, so not much changes from year to year. I am convinced that one of the reasons my family likes to come to my house, is for this stuffing. It is a simple recipe for basic white bread stuffing, but there is something about it that is so delicious. The secret is to make your own bread cubes - and that it is easy too.
My husband and I have a tradition of making the stuffing together, early Thanksgiving morning. We drink coffee and watch the parades. I chop the onions, and he chops the bread and celery. I love how the house smells while the onions, celery and poultry seasoning are cooking - it smells like Thanksgiving :-)
My Mother's Stuffing (Basic White Bread Stuffing)

This will make enough for a crowd - you can stuff a 20 pound turkey, plus have a large casserole dish.
2 loaves stale white bread, chopped into small cubes

2 sticks butter

3 cups celery, chopped fine

3 cups onion, chopped fine

2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning

1 tsp. pepper

1/2 cup water (approximate)

Note: 2 days ahead of time, place slices of bread on cookie sheets and let harden. Turn frequently.

Chop bread, onions and celery. Melt butter in large pot. Sauté onions, celery, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning until soft. Add bread cubes a little at a time, along with a small amount of water. Only add enough water, so stuffing is moist.

Stuff prepared turkey and place remaining stuffing in buttered casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees before serving. Note: As I am basting my turkey, I usually put some basting liquid on the top of this extra stuffing and allow it to soak in.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. Yummmm, the stuffing (we call it dressing) is a tradition at our Family Thanksgiving also! Two of my Sisters make it, each a little different but both delicious! Have a blessed day and thanks for making me hungry:) HUGS!

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  4. Hi Vicki

    I have never tried celery in stuffing
    but yours sounds so nice
    I think I will give it a try.


    Have a good weekend

    Fiona x

  5. Vicki, Your stuffing sounds delicious! I like cooking for Thanksgiving too, and I adore the leftovers, oftentimes making a casserole of leftover turkey, stuffing, potatos and gravy. Have a nice wknd!

  6. I can really use this delicious recipe for stuffing. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Love this recipe it sounds a lot like my moms minus the fresh stale bread I think hers has store bought kind. It's the three of us this year so I might cut in half and give it a try! Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. This recipe sounds wonderful...a customer in the grocery store one day told me to use white bread, and I have never looked back since.

    Yours looks so delish, I am going to have to make some more again, because our Thanksgiving is long gone.


  9. This is my mom's recipe also! It really is the best stuffing.

  10. Being from the south, we always had cornbread dressing with our Thanksgiving turkey. And chicken & dumplings. I don't eat meat anymore, so just give me some cornbread with blackeyed peas and sweet potatoes and I'm good to go. :) Have a great day! Tammy

  11. I love stuffing and this sure sounds good! I'm ready for Thanksgiving:@)

  12. Ooooo.... I can taste it now. Nothing better than homemade stuffing!

  13. I loved reading about your tradition of making your mother's delicious stuffing recipe with your husband while watching the parades--that sounds like so much fun!

  14. Your stuffing recipe is exactly like my moms! It's what I look forward to most at Thanksgiving. Why can't we make it year round? Thanks for sharing on Munchin' on Mondays :)

  15. My mom's too! Must have bee the way to do it. It is always my favorite item on the menu. I am not much of a turkey girl but the stuffing, potatoes and homemade rolls - no wonder I need a nap after.

  16. Stopping by from TALU this sounds delicious!

  17. This sounds yummy, and I love that you do this with your hubby while you sip coffee and watch the parades! What a lovely tradition! I am visiting from Wrinkled Mommy's TALU today. Have a great Tuesday!

  18. Looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing it :) (TALU)

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  20. Looks wonderful, Vicki. I make a traditional cornbread stuffing (we call it "dressing" down here in the South) that also uses bread cubes. It's very close to my grandmother's recipe. Last year, my teenage granddaughter helped make it for the first time, so the tradition goes on. I'm visiting here from TALU. Nice to meet you!

  21. Gotta make extra to stuff those post-Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches! I think I almost look forward more to the leftovers than the meal itself. :) [#TALU]

  22. This stuffing looks so so delicious!
    I would love to have you share this, or any other recipe of your at Wednesday Extravaganza - my Foodie Link Party with the chance to get a lifetime feature on my Wall of Fame. Here is the link:

    Can't wait to see you there!

  23. Such a classic stuffing would love it if you would share it on my foodie friday party today.

  24. This looks delicious! Thanks for linking up to Show & Share Wednesday this week. I'm sharing this on my Facebook page tonight:

  25. Stuffing is the best part of the meal! Yours looks like what my mother used to make...


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