Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe - Our Family Favorite!
The Best Thanksgiving Bread Stuffing EVER!
Thanksgiving has to be my absolute favorite holiday of the year! In my family we have many traditions and recipes which everyone looks forward to each and every year. Every portion of our celebration is filled with loving care and steeped in traditions which have been passed on from generation to generation. But the one that stands out above all else is our family Thanksgiving bread stuffing! Please enjoy this look into our family stuffing recipe that has been handed down for generations.
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~ Stuffing Shopping List ~
3 Loaves of White Bread (any brand)
1 1/2# Bacon (we use turkey bacon)
2 Bags Frozen Chopped Onions
1 Cord Celery
3t. Chicken Bullion Grainules
What kind of stuffing do you prefer?
Stuffing is so subjective! There are so many different ways to make stuffing and each family has it's own stuffing tradition. Bread stuffing is my personal choice - but what kind of stuffing do you prefer to see on your Thanksgiving table? Bread Stuffing or another type of stuffing?
Do you prefer Traditional Bread Stuffing or some Other Stuffing
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Ripping the Bread
The MOST fun you will ever have with your kids!
When I was a kid, I remember wanting to help my mother so badly in the kitchen but it seemed like there was nothing for a kid to do! This is why helping to make the bread stuffing was THE highlight of my Thanksgiving every year! My mother would give me and my brother loaves of fresh white bread and it was our job to rip the bread into small pieces. We were always told that this job was THE most important job anyone would for the Thanksgiving celebration. Just remember to take LOTS of pictures! Your kids will find this tradition to be THEIR favorite!
Here is a picture of my kids carrying on the tradition of ripping the bread on Thanksgiving morning.
Sometimes more bread gets eaten than into the bowls.
HERE'S A FEW GREAT TIPS:
1. You may want to let the kids rip apart the bread the day BEFORE Thanksgiving. Not only will the bread be drier (which makes a better stuffing), but it will also allow you to let things happen naturally and encourage the fun -vs- hurrying the kids on Thanksgiving morning so you can get the bird in the oven!
2. Put the bread on baking sheets after it's been ripped and put it in the oven at 300 degrees for about 1 hour. Thsi will dry out the bread and make a tasty stuffing that's not too wet.
3. Take TONS of photos and enjoy every moment of your time together! THIS is the good stuff of life!
Thanksgiving is that one time of year where we all reflect on what we are truly thankful for. It is a day where we focus on the good stuff of life. Some may call it having an attitude of gratitude. In honor of my charity Operation Gratitude, I would love to hear what you are most grateful for this year.
Look at all this YUMMY Stuffing! - Photos to drool overClick thumbnail to view full-size
Doesn't this look YUMMY???
Ok..I've teased you enough...Here is our family recipe for Homemade Bread Stuffing handed down for generations (with a few modern twists). Please note this makes a MASSIVE amount of stuffing! My mother had 6 kids and their husbands/wives to feed so scale down to suit your needs.
3 loaves of white bread
1 1/2# bacon (we use turkey bacon)
2 bags frozen chopped onions
1 cord celery
3t. Chicken Bullion
While your kids are ripping the bread, add 3t. of chicken bullion granules into 1C. of hot water and let dissolve. Chop up the celery and set aside. Cut up the bacon into smaller pieces and fry in a large skillet. Make sure you only cook the bacon 1/2 way to done and don't drain the fat (don't worry, it will finish cooking when you bake it in the oven). Add celery, onions and bullion water to your skillet with the bacon and cover. Cook over medium heat until the celery and onions are soft but not limp stirring occasionally. Set aside uncovered once done to cool.
In your LARGE bowl filled with bread, add the contents of your skillet (bacon, onions & celery), 3t. sage, and salt & pepper to taste. Using your hands - squish knead these together in the bowl. Add eggs one at a time and knead in well. Make sure your stuffing isn't too wet - you want it to be the consistency of Stove Top once it's cooked.
Stuff the bird with your bread stuffing making sure not to pack it in too tightly! The stuffing will expand while cooking and you don't want to find your bird ripped in 2! Yes...this actually happened to me one year! Cook the remaining stuffing in a greased casserole dish in the oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
If you liked this lens or you try this recipe, I'd love to hear what you think!
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