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When a young boy at the supermarket check-out asked me why I was buying stuffing mix “…because it’s sooo easy to make your own” I knew I had to get my act together – and make my own!

He was right of course, it is easy to make – and much tastier than the kind that comes in a cardboard box.

And what would Christmas dinner be without Cranberry Sauce – and don’t forget about Christmas Pudding.

Turkey Stuffing Recipe

I prefer to cook stuffing in a baking dish and serve alongside the turkey, but traditionally it’s stuffed into the turkey cavity.

My turkey stuffing recipe will fill the cavity of a small turkey (or large chicken).  If your turkey is medium sized, double the recipe.  If your turkey is a whopper, triple it!

You can always put any left-over stuffing into an oven-proof dish and serve on the side as extra.

Here goes:

Turkey Stuffing Recipe – Ingredients

  • 5-6 bread crusts (or bread slices)
  • Half an onion, roughly chopped
  • Half stick of celery, roughly chopped
  • 3 or 4 tablespoons oil (I use olive oil)
  • Another half an onion, finely sliced and diced
  • Another half stick of celery, finely sliced and diced
  • Quarter teaspoon ground sage
  • Half cup (4 fl oz / 125 ml) chicken or turkey stock (or use water and a chicken stock cube)

Turkey Stuffing Recipe – Method

  1. Put the bread crusts, half chopped onion and half stick of chopped celery into a food processor and whizz until crumbly
  2. Heat the oil in a fry pan and add the extra half onion and half celery stick – fry for a minute of two
  3. Add the sage and stir for another minute
  4. Add the bread mix and stir for another minute
  5. Add the stock and stir to combine – the bread will quickly absorb the liquid
  6. You’re almost done – either fill the bird cavity, or put the stuffing into an oven proof dish that has a lid (my preferred option)
  7. Your stuffed turkey is now ready to cook
  8. If you go for the oven proof dish option, it will need about 30 minutes in the oven – take the lid off in the last 10 minutes of cooking so the stuffing goes nice and crispy on top

Bread Onion and Celery in the Whizzer

Extra Onion and Celery in the fry pan

Stuffing mix just prior to liquid being added

Variations and Handy Hints

  • If you read my recipes regularly, you’ll know I hardly ever use salt.  You have my blessing to add salt to this recipe – if you really must!
  • If you’re using a chicken stock cube, remember they are usually quite salty anyway
  • If you’re not keen on celery, just leave it out
  • Adding a couple of slices of chopped crispy bacon is a tasty option
  • Adding fresh or dried cranberries would also be a yummy addition – perfect for Christmas!
  • If you don’t like chunky bits in the stuffing, just put all the onion and celery in the whizzer
  • When the bread mix absorbs the liquid it should hold together quite well – a bit like burger mix
  • If it runs off the spoon, it’s too wet – add more bread crumbs
  • If it easily falls apart and is still crumbly, it’s too dry – add more liquid
  • You can experiment with different herbs and spices
  • Sage on it’s own is nice – but you can try adding a quarter teaspoon of dried oregano or thyme
  • Parsley and thyme go well together too
  • By all means use fresh herbs if you have them

Give my turkey stuffing recipe a try this Christmas – and proudly walk past the cardboard box varieties next time you’re in the supermarket.

Thank you supermarket check-out boy, for enlightening me a few years ago 🙂

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Jan Littlehales

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9 Responses to “Turkey Stuffing Recipe – in Ten Minutes”

  1. John Davis says:

    Comprehensive guide to Turkey stuffing in good time for Christmas. Many people have no stuffing in turkey or chicken simply as they have never been shown.

  2. Hi John,
    You’re right – and some people do what I did for years – stuffing out of a cardboard box! 🙂

  3. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Jan,

    The family Christmas dinner is one of my favourite meals of the entire year. Nothing tastes as good as a home cooked feast. 🙂

    Thanks for a new stuffing recipe to try out. I was just wondering if it would be okay to add cranberries to this recipe?

  4. Hi Jazz,
    Great idea – cranberries would be a great addition. I’ll include that in my post as a variation, if you don’t mind 🙂
    I’m with you, nothing tastes as good as a home cooked Christmas dinner – I can hardly wait!

  5. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Jan,

    Awesome! I love cranberries so it will be great to have them in the stuffing. That way it will tie in nicely with my cranberry sauce on the side. 🙂

  6. Lisa Wood says:

    We usually make our own stuffing because our boys cant have packet food – what a great stuffing recipe! Will be trying this one for our xmas dinner!


  7. Hope you enjoy it Lisa.
    …and Jazz’s suggestion of adding cranberries is a great idea – fresh or dried would work.

  8. Wilson says:

    Hi Jan,

    You sure do have alot of recipes. Similar to the others this one looks tasty as well. Would love to give it a go one day. Thank you for sharing this.

    Kind regards,

  9. Thanks Wilson,
    Next time you’re having roast turkey or chicken, give it a go. It’s very easy and adds a little extra 🙂

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