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Sensational Stuffing Recipe - Quick, Easy & Simple

Updated on February 13, 2018
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This stuffing recipe tastes just like Mom used to make. Yet it just takes minutes and is great for stuffing chickens or turkeys. Also great dressing made outside the bird and for a side dish.

I am crazy about stuffing (or dressing) and is what I look forward to most at holidays. If you think you cannot do this please just take a look at how very simple it is! I am usually in no particular hurry but this can easily be a 30 minute recipe.

Celery and Onion Stuffing


Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.

~ Amy Grant

Stuffing Like Mother Used to Make

I so loved my mother's stuffing but never learned to make it. I first tried the bread crumbs, sage, meat broth, celery, onion and it wasn't bad but it just wasn't Mom's.

I tried the stove top stuffing mixes and they were really good but they lacked that celery and onion flavors. So I thought why not add that to the mixes.

It was pretty good but still lacked something so I cooked the meat and added that broth. That was it! Those three things (added to your mixes) are all you need to make a delicious stuffing or dressing. Dice the cooked meat in or not.

There are fantastic flavors already in the mixes and in just a few minutes you can cook up the meat, onion and celery together to add to the stuffing mix and once the flavors that drip from your bird add to it, it is so good! Please try it and see!



When Cheating is So Delicious!

Any recipe I share will be a cheating recipe. I am not a chef and never will be. I love to cook but it has to be simple. I have come up with many of my own recipes but they are always a cheat on someone else's.

I love Rachel Alba's recipes at HubPages (do check hers out) and I do fix many like she says to but more than a couple I changed to suit me better. I don't think she would mind, I think many cooks do this.

If you have an improvement on mine I think that is great. In fact I would love for you to share it with us in comments below. If you can do it quicker and easier we would all like to know!

Thanksgiving is a time when the world gets to see just how blessed and how workable the Christian system is. The emphasis is not on giving or buying, but on bei

~ John Clayton

I love including the celery tops and they add such great flavor!
I love including the celery tops and they add such great flavor! | Source

Celery Adds Heavenly Flavor

I never cared for celery growing up, or did not know I did. I loved the odor but was an adult before I realized how good the flavor is and how so many things are so incomplete without it. Stuffing is number one on that list!

If you want to get inventive you can add mushrooms, oysters, all kinds of great things to stuffing. But I would start with this recipe for practice and to see just how well you like it.

Remember the onion and celery or meat do not have to cook completely if going in the chickens or turkey to bake even longer. I have seen some cooks put the onions and celery in stuffing raw but I just think they always taste underdone or have a bite to them I do not prefer, personally.

Also remember that if you are not putting it inside a bird but simply eating it you need to cook everything a bit longer. Especially the meat, until it is tender and well done.

Because it seems harder to come by added meat like neck or giblets in something like turkey breast (which I prefer) you may have to trim a piece of meat underneath somewhere. It has always been easy to find underneath and unnoticeable. I rarely cubed up the meat anymore but just flavor my broth and discard it. It is just easier.

I trimmed a backbone piece from this Thanksgiving's bird and what was left I cooled and stuck in a freezer bag to freeze and use for a bone stew! Calcium delight.

"When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around."

~ Willie Nelson

Makes Celery Look Even Better!

Celery helps lower blood pressure and with weight loss. Has vitamin K, minerals - calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium. Reduces inflammation, soothes the nervous system, helps digestion. Helps eyes and age-related vision loss. Two studies conducted at the University of Illinois showed flavonoid luteolin found in celery decreases the growth of cancer cells. Another also showed that consuming celery on a regular basis delays the formation of breast cancer cells! So many good reasons to use celery in stuffing, besides the outstanding flavor it adds!


Quick and Delicious!

5 stars from 2 ratings of Stuffing

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves twelve people


  • 2 Boxes - Any stove top dressing mix
  • 1/2 stick - Real Butter
  • 3 cups - Hot water
  • 1 or 2 pieces - Chicken or Turkey Neck or Giblets, Discarded or Chopped
  • 4 Stalks - Celery, Chopped
  • 2 Medium - Onion, Chopped


  1. Add required water amount (which is the called for amount on the mix boxes - usually 1 1/2 cups per mix pack) to medium pot with chicken pieces, onions and celery. If you have no giblet or extra chicken pieces inside the bird you can cut off the wings or a small amount inside the cavity, just for flavor.
  2. Brink to boil, then reduce heat to high simmer. Low simmer if you are in no hurry. Cook 20 minutes. 30 minutes or more on low simmer.
  3. Remove from heat. Remove chicken and discard. Strain if small bone parts could be in the broth.
  4. Add butter and stir.
  5. Put stuffing mixes in large bowl, add broth, onion and celery mixture and stir.
  6. You may add more water if you want it moister but remember it will become moister inside the bird. Salt and seasonings are already in the mixes and very adequate. No need for more.
  7. Use half this recipe for a stuffed chicken or just a side dish.

© 2017 Jackie Lynnley


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    Jackie Lynnley 4 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Stove top is good alone and how I had it a long time never mastering my mom's scratch recipe and one day I just had the notion to add onion and celery but it still lacked something and when I added the broth it just did the trick for me! Hope you will try it.

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    Peg Cole 4 months ago from Dallas, Texas

    I'm the only one in my house that likes stuffing and this one sounds easy and delicious. The Stove top dressing is good in itself but with your secret additions, it would be even better. Now I'm hungry.

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    Jackie Lynnley 6 months ago from The Beautiful South

    It was not in the recycle can where it should have been MizB but the good news is there are not that many stores that I shop at and so I will be on the look out for it. One that is farthest from me I will not be going to until a couple of weeks before Christmas but still will be plenty of time to let you know if I find it. I just happened to notice it being gluten-free and did not buy it on purpose for that reason but of course that alone would be a good reason for me to be searching.

    Will do my best, I promise!

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    Doris James-MizBejabbers 6 months ago

    I hope you can find that box in the trash, Jackie, because I haven't been able to find any gluten-free stuffing mix at the three stores where I shop. I was at "Whole Paycheck" this morning and forgot to look there.

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    Jackie Lynnley 6 months ago from The Beautiful South

    I hope you will tell your wife about it Bill, for it is so easy..and delicious!

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    Jackie Lynnley 6 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Mary, that is so strange to not have celery around. I use coffee grounds to keep bugs like slugs away although I have never thought to grow celery. I might just some day. Thanks!

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    William Kovacic 6 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

    Now, I'm hungry all over again. It may be simple, but I think I'll let my wife do it. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

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    Mary Wickison 6 months ago from Brazil

    Can you believe it, I married someone who doesn't like celery! Stuffing just isn't the same without it. I haven't made any in stuffing in ages and I need to change that. Celery isn't easy to find here, I have seen it only twice in 8 years of living in Brazil.

    I have tried growing it but the snails also like it.

    As you say, I will have to change a few things in the recipe.

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    Nikki Khan 6 months ago from London

    Hahahaha,,of course,,all will be talking about it soon.

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    Jackie Lynnley 6 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Yes, Kari I use the celery tops too, so much flavor and benefits! If you are not vegetarian you will love that turkey broth flavor I promise!

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    Nikki Khan 6 months ago from London

    I’ll try then will tell how tasty it is.I am sure it’d be delicious.The one I make on Christmas is bit different, but this one looks more yummy.So am gonna try this one this Christmas.Thanks for sharing.

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    Kari Poulsen 6 months ago from Ohio

    This is very much like the stuffing I like to make. I agree that the boxed mix lacks the celery and onion! I also love the tops of the celery, in salads, soups and stuffing. I have never tried with the broth, but I bet that makes all the difference. I will try this soon with a chicken! :)

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    Jackie Lynnley 6 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Thank you Nikki and hope you will, I never tire of it and always say "Ah" when it has been awhile since I tasted it. Always forget just how good it is!

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    Jackie Lynnley 6 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Yes AH, it is really good.

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    Jackie Lynnley 6 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Thanks Audrey, I don't think you will be sorry. I only have stuffing 3 or 4 times a year so I allow myself to enjoy it...sometimes (with left overs) 2 days! lol

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    Jackie Lynnley 6 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Thank you Linda, it really is, hope you do try it.

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    Nikki Khan 6 months ago from London

    Hi Jackie,

    It looks so yummy and delicious, will definitely try this stuffing recipe on Christmas.Thanks for sharing dear.

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    Abdul Haadi 6 months ago from Lahore, Pakistan.

    Its so mouthwatering. I must try it! Yummm!

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    Audrey Hunt 6 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    I'm weird...I'm not a stuffing lover. But your recipe sounds so delicious I'm thinking I need to give it a try. Thanks Jackie.

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    Linda Crampton 6 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I love stuffing as a side dish, though I don't add meat. I've found that some store versions taste quite bland, though. Your version sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Jackie.

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    Jackie Lynnley 6 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Yes I did Nell, thank you! I made this stuffing with some leftovers. Which is every bit as good as the first day.

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    Nell Rose 6 months ago from England

    Now you have made me feel so hungry! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Jackie!

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    Jackie Lynnley 6 months ago from The Beautiful South

    MizB, I used three stuffing mixes this time having company and my grandson loves it as much as I do so I wanted plenty. I only had two actual Stove Top so I used an off brand and it was gluten free I am pretty sure cause I remember pausing to think about that but I have no idea what it was. If the trash has not gone out I may look and see if I can spot it. If so I will let you know.

    I do love celery completely now and can eat it just tender but as a kid it was strong to me. Glad I changed about many foods, because celery especially is so very good for you. I have a hub about how good!

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    Jackie Lynnley 6 months ago from The Beautiful South

    I do like to cook, Dora, it just can't go over my head if you know what I mean. Nothing too hard or fancy and if I can save time I am all for that.

    I also do go for anything resembling my mother's cooking...she even made plain cabbage so golden and delicious it had to have just been her magic touch! I have had no more like it anywhere and I yet try every time to get mine like hers. She said she added nothing to it...but I have to wonder. lol

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    Jackie Lynnley 6 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Thanks Linda, do try it. So sure you will be pleased.

    Sorry about your daughter. Seems they could time it so half the employees could have early dinner time at least and the others a late one. I mean could that not be set up?

    Oh, well though, know what you mean. Workers are not their first priority I am sure.

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    Doris James-MizBejabbers 6 months ago

    This recipe is a grand idea, Jackie, as these shortcuts are wonderful. I used the stuffing mixes with this type of tweaking for years until I was proved to be wheat sensitive, and my family loved it. I've searched for gluten-free stuffing mixes for awhile now, but I haven't been able to find any. I had one recipe very similar to yours, and a friend gave me one that used raisins and cranberries for a sweeter version. BTW, I've always loved celery, and I think it perks up almost any side dish.

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    Dora Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

    Thanks for the recipe. Interesting that just for a taste of Mamma's cooking, even those who don't like to cook will try (smile). Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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    Linda Lum 6 months ago from Washington State, USA

    Jackie, I agree with you that celery is really the key to making what tastes like Mom's stuffing.

    We didn't "do" Thanksgiving yesterday because my daughter works for one of those evil retail stores (no names mentioned) that were open ALL DAY! They never close. She's back there again this morning.

    Our day of thanks will be on Monday. I just might give this recipe a try. Thanks for a nostalgic recipe. I hope you had a wonderful day.

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    Jackie Lynnley 6 months ago from The Beautiful South

    That's great Bill. The older I get the more I want easy!

    I had a great day, hope you did too!

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    Jackie Lynnley 6 months ago from The Beautiful South

    It really is simple Eric, and so delicious. Thank you.

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    Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

    I'm a little late getting here. Our recipe is actually pretty close to this one and I can attest to its deliciousness. :) Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    I like it. Simple is what I like. Thanks

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    Jackie Lynnley 6 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Thank you Ann, and I guarantee if you like stuffing this will be a favorite for you from now on! I would never g to all the trouble of bread crumbs and trying to get the spices just right when this is so easy!

    Again, thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

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    Ann Carr 6 months ago from SW England

    Just like you, I quite like to cook but I'm not good at it and like everything to be simple! This is therefore ideal for me. I'll try it when I get round to sorting the Christmas food, or I might try it before just to make sure I get it right!

    I'm not keen on celery either but I think the flavour is less strong when cooked.

    Thanks for sharing this, Jackie!



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