Homemade Stuffing Recipe (Crouton Stuffing)

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This homemade stuffing recipe is sure to become a staple at your holiday table, just like it has at mine.

I’ve tried to make stuffing recipes in the past without much success. So I tried again this year, and voila! A fabulous, homemade stuffing recipe made from croutons. It’s perfect for the holiday season!

Clean Eating Thanksgiving Crouton Stuffing Recipe

In the testing stages, a lot of my croutons got eaten up by a certain little boy who shall remain nameless <cough – Mini Chef – cough>. In fact, my croutons disappeared at such an alarming rate that I eventually had to hide them to have enough left over for this recipe! But he loved the stuffing too, so it was a win-win. Thanksgiving will definitely be tasty this year and we definitely found our family favorite!

Recipe Notes: I created this recipe to yield a smaller batch since it’s just Mini Chef and I eating it at the moment. Also, some stuffing recipes are made with egg to make the stuffing stick together more. I don’t care for it, but if it’s something you enjoy, then you will want to temper your eggs with some of the chicken broth before pouring it over the stuffing. I recommend 2-3 large eggs.

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE STUFFING

It’s actually a pretty simple process. If you are making the croutons from scratch like I do every year, then you’ll want to do that ahead of time, otherwise you’ll be in the kitchen a while. I always make my croutons several days in advance and store them in the fridge.

Simply combine all your stuffing ingredients into a casserole dish and bake. It really is that simple.

WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVER STUFFING

This deliciousness can be used to make many other recipes.

  • Make a quesadilla – Simply take some mild-flavored cheese like jack cheese and layer that with some stuffing and cranberry sauce on a tortilla. Fold in half and bake, microwave or cook in a skillet until the cheese is melted.
  • Have it for breakfast – Fry up some eggs and serve them over your croutons. It’s a yummy combination!
  • Make meatballs – Run your croutons through a food processor and add them to ground meat for meatballs.
  • Use for breading – Grind them up in a food processor and use them for breading chicken, pork or even bread some veggies and cook them in an air fryer!
  • Make stuffed peppers – Mix with some turkey and a couple of raw eggs. Stuff some peppers, sprinkle some cheese over the top and bake them until the peppers are cooked through.

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Clean Eating Crouton Stuffing Recipe

Homemade Stuffing Recipe

Love stuffing around the holidays? Me too! And this recipe is one I can feel totally good about eating!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6 cups, approximately
Calories: 154kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 1 small red onion (minced)
  • 4 medium garlic cloves (minced)
  • ½ cup celery (minced and packed loosely when measuring)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cups garlic rosemary croutons (see link above)
  • 1 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. rosemary
  • 1 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups chicken or turkey broth (or stock)

Instructions

  • Sauté the onion, garlic and celery in a skillet with the olive oil.
  • Pour the croutons into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the onion mixture to the croutons and mix well.
  • Stir in the spices and then transfer the entire mixture to a baking dish.
  • Pour the chicken broth over the top of the croutons and let it sit in the fridge while you preheat your oven to 350 F.
  • Bake the stuffing for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until it is golden brown and slightly crispy on top.
  • If you are making this ahead of time and need to reheat it, simply cover it with foil and heat at 350 F. for approximately 20-30 minutes or until warmed through.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 455mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 8.6mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2.2mg
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7 Comments

  1. This is a brilliant idea! I don’t think my kids would ever eat stuffing how it is normally served, but they love croutons, so I think they’d totally go for this recipe!

  2. Cynthia Morton says:

    Hello can I use a 5oz bag of texas toast croutons

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cynthia – I’m sure it would be okay. I’m guessing not clean, but the recipe would probably function. However, I would cut back slightly on the broth. Start with 1/2 a cup and see if you need more from there.

  3. Do you think I could make this recipe in a Crock-Pot? Thanks!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Courtney – I don’t recommend it. A slow cooker is a very moist environment. I don’t think this would hold up very well. Sorry!

  4. What is the serving size? I do not see the number of servings this makes. The nutrition information does not give a serving size. Thanks.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Linda – It makes six servings (cups) approximately. The serving size is 1 cup. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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