I love bread dressing, and will make Stove Top Stuffing on occasion when I make chicken, but this recipe, only made at Christmas by my mom, is the best dressing ever. I’m really particular about the kind of dressing I like. It has to have tons of seasoning, and absolutely no turkey “parts” like gizzards and heart and stuff. This is all bread, butter, seasoning and veggies. I love the veggies, and put in as much as I can fit in the pot with the bread.
This recipe is great because I can either make it in the crock pot while the turkey is cooking, or it can be made ahead of time because it reheats so easily in a casserole dish. The seasoning is to perfection!
I don’t know where my mom got this recipe, but it’s one I have never deterred from the original she gave me, because there’s just no way to improve it…at least in my opinion. Except, I do put in more veggies at times. If you follow the recipe as written, it’s the easiest way to make sure all the flavors get mixed in well enough. You can cut the recipe in half. This fills a 6-7 quart crock pot, so it’s for a big dinner.
I hope you love it as much as we all do!
- 1 cup butter
- 2 large onion, chopped
- 2 cups celery, chopped
- ¼ cup parsley, chopped
- 1 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 12-13 cups dried bread cubes
- 1 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 ½ tsp sage
- 1 tsp thyme
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1 ½ tsp marjoram
- 2 cups to 1 quart chicken broth
- 2 eggs beaten
- In a very large, deep fry pan or small stock pot, cook all veggies in butter until wilted. Cool completely. I usually make this a day ahead and keep in fridge overnight.
- In a small bowl thoroughly combine all spices.
- Put bread crumbs in a large mixing bowl, and sprinkle dry seasoning over bread crumbs to coat evenly. Mix by hand.
- Add cooled veggies to bread and mix well by hand.
- Beat eggs and pour over bread.
- Add enough broth to moisten. Mix together well.
- Pack lightly in crock pot
- Cook on low 3-4 hrs. Stirring about once an hour.
- If you use a casserole dish in the oven, bake at 350 about an hour, stirring once halfway through.
To make bread cubes at home: to make the 12 cups – 1 ½ – 2 loaves of cheap white or whole wheat bread, or a combo of both. To dry in oven, cube the bread and put in roasting pan or on a huge rimmed baking sheet. Dry overnight in oven set at about 150 degrees.