With Thanksgiving only a few weeks away I thought I might share the perfect stuffing recipe that has been in my family for generations. There is only one stuffing recipe that my family will use and it was passed down from my great-grandma. We have been using her recipe for over 75 years and it comes out perfect every time!
Today there are so many different ways to make bread stuffing. Some people like to add carrots and celery, some prefer to add tart dried cranberries, while still others like apples and sausage in their stuffing. My great-grandma’s recipe doesn’t call for any of that stuff and yet it is the tastiest stuffing I have ever had and is the only one I consider prefect for my family.
Here’s her recipe….
Perfect Stuffing (for up to a 15lb turkey or chicken) :
- 3 Loaves of bread (white or wheat)
- 3 Medium potatoes- boiled
- 3 Sticks of melted butter
- ¼ – ½ Cup minced onion
- Salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning to taste
Start by boiling the potatoes. While those are cooking, cut the crust off of 3 loaves of bread, discard and proceed to tear the bread into pieces and place it into a big mixing bowl. Once the potatoes are fork tender, drain and mash. Add mashed potatoes to the bowl of torn bread. Melt butter and add to the bowl. Mix first three ingredients together then add remaining ingredients.
*If the mixture is a little too dry then add a little bit more butter, water, or stock to moisten it.
*If you find that you have too much bread add a little more potato.
*If the mixture is too moist, simply tear up and add more bread.
To cook in turkey/chicken:
Put stuffing inside bird and follow cooking instructions for baking turkey/chicken.
To cook separately:
Preheat oven to 350°F, wrap stuffing inside tin foil and cook for 45min-1hr until top is golden brown.
For the best flavor, make it the day before you plan to cook it and store in the refrigerator until ready. Taste it after the stuffing has had time to sit and the flavors have had a chance to come together to see if you need to adjust your seasonings.
This is why this stuffing recipe works every time! If you have too much of something then add more of something else and if you find that you don’t have enough of one thing than just add more of it.
My great-grandma’s stuffing recipe could not be simpler to make and I bet you already have most, if not all, of the ingredients in your pantry or fridge! As I said it has been passed down to each generation in my family and now I am passing it down to you!