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!
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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HOMEMADE STUFFING RECIPE:
Homemade Stuffing Recipe
- 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)
- 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.