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Homemade Thanksgiving Stuffing

October 31, 2015

All the sage herbed flavors of Thanksgiving in a real food stuffing for your big meal!

Thanksgiving StuffingIt was my favorite part of the Thanksgiving dinner besides the pumpkin pie at the end.

As a kid we grew up on that little red box of stuffing at our huge, extended family meals. I have been told stories of one of my Grandmas using toasted bread to make stuffing a long time ago, but as the times changed and those fancy *very convenient* boxes of faster food became available, it just became the thing to do.

I had never had “traditional” stuffing – I grew upon that stovetop, red box version…

…and I loved it.

There I said it. I seriously loved that totally processed, crazy ingredient list box of stuffing, and when I made the real food switch years ago I set out to learn how to make a stuffing that I could still enjoy at the holidays. I have been making this real food version for over 6 years now – the same age as my oldest daughter.

You see, when I had her everything changed.

Remember those amazing memories I had of my childhood Thanksgiving meals? I wanted her to have that. I wanted her to remember that every year toward the end of November we get to eat the most amazing meal of the year.

Thanksgiving StuffingFood is meant to be enjoyed my friends! I am not about to take away those comforting, delicious meals that bring joy to our faces, warmth to the belly, and memories that last forever. One of my greatest joys in the last year or so is that my oldest is finally getting it. She remembers Thanksgiving meals from the year before now. She remembers Grandpa carving that huge bird, Grandma stirring that big pot of mashed potatoes, and savoring every last bite of the pumpkin pie. And while I was getting this dish prepared to photograph she practically drooled as I served it remembering she hadn’t had stuffing since last year. THAT, sweet friends, is what I want!

Thanksgiving StuffingCome November I want my family to start craving that amazing once a year meal that we all get to share!

You really can make Thanksgiving meal staples without processed food. Let’s start with stuffing!

Whether you like to stuff the bird with your stuffing, or like to serve it in a pan, this recipe will work for you! Grab a loaf of your favorite gluten free bread – we splurge on Sami’s bread for our Thanksgiving stuffing. It has the cleanest ingredient list of the gluten free breads that I know of at least in my area. You can also use homemade sourdough, or this gluten free cornbread works great too!

Thanksgiving StuffingThat herby, soupy, broth simmers on the stove and fills the air with sage, and then soaks into your day old bread to make the most delicious baked side dish to go with your meal.

Thanksgiving StuffingHere are a few of my tips for getting this dish done for Thanksgiving. If your bread is fresh or freshly made, you will need about 24 hours for it to dry out to make it feel like day old bread. I like to tear it up onto a sheet tray and I just leave it out in my bedroom (so that little hands don’t steal pieces!) for a day. If you make the herbed broth beforehand, all you have to do is mix it in with the bread the morning of Thanksgiving! Very quick.

Thanksgiving Stuffing

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5 from 3 votes

Thanksgiving Stuffing

All the sage herbed flavors of Thanksgiving in a real food stuffing for your big meal!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade stuffing, homemade stuffing recipe, how to make Thanksgiving stuffing
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com


  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 6 stalks of celery chopped
  • 4 TB friendly fat to cook in butter, coconut oil, lard
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp sage
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • Sea salt/pepper to taste
  • 1 quart bone broth
  • 2 pastured eggs
  • 1 loaf about 12 cups torn up stale/dried out gluten free bread or sourdough of choice (this gluten free cornbread works well too! Make a double batch if you plan on using it for this recipe)


  • Saute the onion and celery in the friendly fat for about 5-7 minutes. Add a few pinches of salt to bring out their juices and sweeten.
  • Add the garlic and seasonings and cook for a minute.
  • Add the broth and bring to a simmer. Taste for seasoning/saltiness and add as needed. It should taste like a salty herbed soup.
  • Put the bread, egg, and broth mixture in a large mixing bowl and combine well.
  • Pour the bread mixture in the buttered 9x13 baking dish.
  • Bake COVERED for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.
  • Uncover the baking dish and bake another 25-30 minutes.

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  • Reply Megan Stevens November 1, 2015 at 8:56 am

    That sage broth looks amazing! What a healthful, delicious version you’ve made! I wish I had some hot and toasty from the oven for breakfast!

  • Reply Emily @ Recipes to Nourish November 1, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Renee this looks so good! Such comfort food, I really wish I had a bowl of this right now. Pinned and sharing.

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  • Reply linda spiker November 3, 2015 at 9:58 am

    5 stars
    Beautiful! Pinned and very excited to try it for my GF daughter!

  • Reply The Food Hunter November 3, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Stuffing is my favorite part of Thanksgiving!

  • Reply Marjorie November 3, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Love this recipe! Stuffing is the BEST part of Thanksgiving dinner. I want to eat some right now!

  • Reply Tash November 3, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    5 stars
    Yet another delicious sounding stuffing recipe! I’ve never been a huge fan…but this really does look and sound really delicious! I like that isn’t too dry. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Reply Jess November 5, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve been looking for a great traditional stuffing recipe…this is it! It sounds similar to my mother’s recipe. <3 What is your favorite type of bread to use when you make this stuffing?

    • Reply Renee Kohley November 7, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Hi Jess! I like using the Sami’s Bakery gluten free bread! You should be able to find it in most health food stores in the freezer section – I live in the middle of no where and our tiny health food store carries it so I would imagine just about anyone can get it!

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  • Reply Deborah Ragno November 25, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    New to THM and wondering if this would be on plan. I would be using sourdough.

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      Hi Deborah! I am not familiar with Trim Healthy Mama protocols! I’m sorry I’m not much more help!

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    How many does this serve? I need to make enough for 70.

    • Reply Renee Kohley November 11, 2018 at 8:47 am

      Hi Debbie! It is a 9×13 inch pan and feeds our gathering of 20ish well, so I would at least double this!

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  • Reply Kelly LeSage November 15, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    Do you think I could just leave the eggs out? My daughter is allergic.

    • Reply Renee Kohley November 15, 2021 at 5:13 pm

      Hi Kelly! It does help with binding the stuffing a bit and gives some texture – you could definitely swap for an egg replacer or chia eggs. I think if you leave it out it will be a different texture than you are used to for stuffing 🙂

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