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An old fashioned stuffing recipe that can be cooked in a bird or a loaf pan!

Servings: 6-8
Difficulty: Easy

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1 loaf of fresh white bread (3 for a turkey)
1 small celery bunch diced (2 with turkey)
1 large onion diced (3 for turkey)
2 large eggs (up to 8 for turkey)
1 large pinch of salt
¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
½ pound unsalted butter (add ½ pound for turkey)
¼ to ½ cup fresh turkey stock (optional)





Preheat oven to 350º F ( if cooking in loaf pan)

In large stockpot, melt butter.  Stir in chopped onions, salt and pepper and cook until onions are translucent. 

Add celery and cook over low heat until just tender.  Tear loaf of bread into pieces and add to stockpot with onion mixture and toss well until mixed. 

Turn off heat and allow to cool, 15 to 20 minutes. 

Crack eggs into mixture and use hands to toss well.  Make sure the mixture is wet.  Add more eggs if needed. 

Pack cooled mixture tightly if stuffing a bird. A loaf pan can be used.  After packing dressing into loaf pan pierce with a knife and pour chicken or turkey stock over dressing ¼ to ½ cup per loaf pan. 

Bake at 350º F for 30 minutes. 

Notes from Paula’s test kitchen:  This dressing works well in a loaf pan. We found the dressing much more flavorful if you took the time to separate the oil from the stock before adding to the pan.  We also added 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh rosemary to kick up the flavor.  Serves 6 in loaf pan and 12 for turkey.

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By ROBERT LANG on December 22, 2013


Thank you, Paula! We love you!!!!

By Gerry on November 17, 2013


love you! paula dean and love your recipes, i like all kinds of foods and you just make me feel like cooking. i am going to try your spinach stuffed zuchini tonight. just keep cooking but stay healthy, we love you.

By mable Pride on April 01, 2013


you are the best love you paula happy holidays god bless you and the family

By rochelle barnes on November 19, 2012



By JHAONA PEREZ on November 08, 2012


Hi Paula. I love the stuffing when I make it in the turkey but when I bake leftover stuffing in a loaf pan it just isn't as moist and doesn't have that great flavor. I've tried adding extra broth but it still isn't as moist and flavorful. Any hints??? Love all your recipes

By Bev Loop on November 06, 2012


I love stuffing. When I use it in the turkey it comes out so nice and moist but whenever I bake any extra stuffing in a loaf pan it just doesn't get the same flavor. I've tried adding extra stock but it just isn't the same. Any hints?????

By Bev Loop on November 06, 2012


Thank you for this and many more recipes that you have provided.Every one I have tried has come out just as beautiful as your pics. Again, thanks.Barbara Alsbury

By Barbara J. Alsbury on February 09, 2012


Hi Paula.Young lady do you need another son? Because I would love you to be my mother. I love all your dishes, I try to cook some of them. My all time favorite is (not yo mamas banana pudding). On your dressing (thats what I call it) recipe I think its great and definately 5 *****. Once in a while I will add a little chopped bell pepper in it, but that is just some time. Say hello to mike. He has a fantastic lady there. Paula there are millions of people all over the worldthat will agree when I say young lady don`t you dare stop making those wonderful recipes. GOD BLESS.

By James R, Bray Sr. on January 21, 2012


Hi Pauls i have always been a fan of your cooking show!!!Keep the down home style coming.With your help our thanksgiving meal is going to be wonderful!!Happy holiday to and your family,and god bless you.

By Angel Smith on November 22, 2011


First timer in charge of T-Day (at least she lets me think so)could I add broccoli and perhaps Sausage to this basic reicipe? If so are there any adjustments I should make to the basic recipe? Thanks

By Clifford Mallory on November 22, 2011


like the reicipe but you proubly need to change 1/4 to 1/2 cups of freash turkey stock optinal

By candiya on November 20, 2011


hey girlfriend....your a gift from God...i love you and your recipes...im a southern girl that loves to cook and your food is just my style...this stuffing is THE BEST! Love you Paula! HAPPY TURKEY DAY YA'LL~!

By Shannon Dae Gallagher on November 19, 2011


I make my sage stuffing like this but with NO egg

By Anonymous on November 17, 2011


I really enjoy watching Pauladeen on the food network. Also I have some her cooking magazines and cookbooks. She is a wonderful inspiration in so many ways. Paula is a Joy; Happy Holidays; Paul and Family Love and Best Dishes Mary Konicke

By mary konicke on November 16, 2011


Hi Paula my husband and I love you and your cooking we watch you all the time and we have some of your cook books and we uses them to.love your show

By Angela Wells on November 15, 2011


We always put sage in our thanksgiving dressing, but we make a cornbread dressing.

By Sharon Rowan on November 13, 2011


This a tried and true stuffing recipe that my grandmother passed down. We put giblets in ours but always go back to this one!!!!

By Paula McElinney on November 13, 2011


Paula, your dressing receipts are great, and I just let my mind run wild when I start on my dressing. The most important ingredients in my book is fresh baked corn bread, onions and celery. then chicken stock of cource. I just really enjoy all your ideas and reciepts. Bless you girl.

By Faye Parks on November 08, 2011



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