Holiday Stuffing Recipes

by Brenda Hyde

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The following recipes can be used to stuff any poultry you may be serving for the holidays, or you can bake them for 30-45 minutes in a casserole dish. I would be sure to add a little extra moisture to each one if you do this since it won't have the juices from the poultry. Be sure to cover the casserole dish as it's baking.

Herbed Bread Stuffing


  • 1/2 cup chopped celery with leaves
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup margarine or butter
  • 3 cups soft bread cubes (about 5 slices)
  • 1 tsp. fresh sage leaves (1/2 tsp. dried)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme (1/4 tsp. dried)
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper

Cook Celery and onion in margarine or butter in skillet, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender. Stir in about 1 cup of the bread cubes. Turn into deep bowl. Add remaining ingredients; toss. Stuff before roasting your choice of fowl, or cook 30-45 minutes in casserole dish.

Oyster Dressing


  • 1 1/2 cups each chopped onions and celery
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. pepper
  • 16 cups day old bread cubes, light toasted in skillet
  • 1 quart shucked oysters, drained (reserve liquid)

In large heavy skillet saute onion, celery and parsley in butter until tender but not brown. Add seasonings. Stir over low heat for 2 minutes. Place bread cubes in large bowl; stir in sauteed vegetables. Chop oysters coarsely. Toss gently with bread mixture. Add some reserved oyster liquid if dressing seems dry. Makes 16 cups, enough for a 14 to 16 pound turkey.

Almond Apple Stuffing


  • 2 cups chopped Granny Smith apples
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
  • 3/4 cup chopped onions
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 4 Tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 6 cups whole wheat bread, cubed
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup apple cider or juice

Saute apples, almonds, onion and celery in butter for 5 minutes, stirring. Remove from heat. Stir in seasonings. Toss together with bread cubes and raisins; add apple mixture. Stir egg in 1/3 cup apple cider; toss into bread mixture. Add more cider if moister stuffing is desired. Will stuff a 15 to 20 pound turkey, or two large roasting chickens. Makes 10 cups. Recipe can be halved, but still use 1 egg.

A Tropical Stuffing


  • 1 16-ounce loaf bread
  • 15-ounce can pineapple chunks in own juice, drained
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 8 ounce can water chestnuts, drained
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sage
  • 1 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce chicken broth

Cut bread into 1 inch cubes. Place in a large bowl. Add pineapple, celery, onion, water chestnuts, almonds and raisins. Set aside. In a small bowl, stir seasonings with broth. Pour broth evenly over dry ingredients. Toss. Stuff a 10 pound bird just before baking. Makes 2 quarts.

Brenda Hyde is a wife and Mom of three, a freelance writer and editor. Visit her for more old fashioned holiday crafts, recipes and traditions at

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