A delicious and easy recipe for Homemade Thanksgiving Stuffing for your family this Thanksgiving.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish? Mine is stuffing for sure, although there are a lot of things that come in second. I was looking around the grocery stores where I live for dried bread cubes and came up empty. So sad. I decided to try out some Homemade Thanksgiving Stuffing, prior to the actual day, and see if I could make a good recipe. This one was a huge hit and will grace our Thanksgiving table. No idea what kind of meat we will have, but this will be a side for sure.
One of the things I love about Thanksgiving is the opportunity to really talk about things I am thankful for and hear or read things for which other people are thankful. Last month Emily from Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt asked if there were people who wanted to participate in a Thankful Challenge she was putting together. I thought it was a great idea, so I signed up. Well, today is the day, so here I am. Keep scrolling after my recipe to see the other things that are being shared in this challenge. There are some really great things!
As I reflect on what I have in my life, I have been quite blessed. I truly believe it is how you accept life that determines your happiness, not your station in life. Some might say that it’s easy for me to be grateful because of our circumstances, but I know people in very similar circumstances who are not happy at all. I also know people who are very wealthy, monetarily, who are miserable and make those around them unhappy as well. These people show me that money can absolutely not buy happiness.
I am so grateful for my family. We live very far from them right now and have in times past as well. It’s fantastic the way that technology is advancing and all the forms of communication we can use to stay in touch and in each other’s lives on an almost daily basis. So, while I occasionally curse technology, usually when I mess something up, I am grateful for it as well.
I am grateful for my life’s experiences. I have lived a lot of places and met some of the most amazing people, all around the world. The experiences and people have taught me a lot about how others live and given me an empathy I might not have had otherwise. I love to see the differences in people and see how other embrace their culture and country. It’s truly a humbling thing. What’s even better is that my kids have a lot of those same experiences and it has made them better people for them.
During this challenge post, we are each sharing something for the season, so I am sharing this Homemade Thanksgiving Stuffing. I hope you will love it so much!
- 1 loaf of bread, cubed
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 2 Tbsp parsley
- 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
- 2½ - 3 cups chicken broth
- ***optional add ins***
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup chopped cranberries
- 1 cup cooked sausage
- 1 cup sauted mushrooms
- Preheat oven to 200°F.
- Spread your cubed bread on a baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake bread until it is completely dried out and browned, stirring every 20 minutes. The smaller your cubes, the faster it will dry.
- Melt butter in a saute pan and saute the onion and celery until they are softened.
- When the bread is dried out, place it in a large mixing bowl.
- Pour the onions, celery and butter from the pan into the bread and mix well.
- Add the spices and mix well.
- If desired, add any optional add ins.
- Add the chicken broth, 1 cup at a time and mix well.
- When you get to 2½ cups test the bread to see if your stuffing is your desired moistness. (Some people like it more moist than others.)
- Pour stuffing into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan.
- Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes.
- Serve warm.
So tell me, what are you grateful for in your life? Leave me a comment below people. Thank you.
Be sure to check out these other posts in #TheThankfulChallenge