Ever made homemade stuffing from scratch? Not adding to store-bought bread cubes, I’m talking about making bread cubes for stuffing and adding things to it!
Do you call it stuffing, or dressing?
Either way, a roast turkey is incomplete without, it.
I don’t know why I always save stuffing exclusively for roast turkey though. Turkey, chicken, pork, or otherwise, I’d happily eat stuffing with any meal!
Those bagged and boxed stuffing mixes might seem super easy, but once you’ve tasted stuffing from scratch, with homemade bread cubes, you’ll never go back.
Why Make Homemade Stuffing From Scratch?
Aside from having a better flavor and texture, homemade stuffing cubes are better for you than the store-bought version.
Bagged and boxed stuffing cubes often contain high fructose corn syrup, “natural flavor,” and preservatives to keep them shelf-stable for quite a long time.
When you make your own bread cubes for stuffing, you know exactly what is being added: your bread, seasoning, and fat of your choice.
You can choose the seasonings you want, based on what your family likes. (I’ve given my favorite combo below, but feel free to play with the flavors!)
You can add only as much salt as you want. So if you have family members who are watching their salt intake, this is a great option.
And, you can use better bread! You know the bread going into those bags and boxes is nothing special. But by making your own bread cubes for stuffing you can use bread that you want your family to eat: sourdough, whole grain, sprouted grains, and so on.
Simply the good stuff!
What Bread Do I Use To Make Stuffing Cubes?
You can use ANY type of bread for stuffing cubes! It all depends on what you like.
Baguettes or artisan loaves. Sandwich bread or dinner rolls. White or wheat. Sourdough or whole grain. You could even use pumpernickel or rye if you wanted to add a little of those flavors to your stuffing. (Rye and turkey is a pretty stellar combo!)
Many people tend to prefer white or wheat without too many seeds. But I tend to like the nuttiness that seeded bread adds to a stuffing.
Feel free to experiment and see what you like best!
How To Make Bread Cubes for Homemade Stuffing
Making bread cubes for stuffing is quite simple.
Whenever you have bread leftover that you won’t use before it goes stale, cut it into ½ inch cubes and dry it out using the recipe below.
Don’t have a stale bread problem? (We typically don’t in our house.) Simply buy or make a couple of extra loaves specifically for making the cubes. Or grab some day-old bakery bread that is typically discounted because it’s about to go stale. You’re going to dry it out anyway, so it doesn’t matter if it’s not super fresh.
To dry the bread cubes, I toss them with a little olive oil and some seasonings and put them in a relatively low oven. Using a low heat helps dry the cubes out entirely without browning them too much. If your cubes are entirely dry, they will last for months in a sealed container in your pantry.
Drying the Homemade Stuffin Bread Cubes
It might seem like drying the bread is an unnecessary step to making the stuffing, but in addition to making the stuffing cubes last longer (which means you can dry stale bread as you have it), it does help with the flavor of the finished stuffing.
Remember, when making the stuffing, dry bread absorbs more liquid than undried bread. So using dry bread means the flavor of your stuffing will be more robust because the stock, onions, celery, and all other add-ins will really permeate the dish.
Homemade Bread Cubes for Stuffing From Scratch
Yield 10 cups dried stuffing cubes
Making Homemade Stuffing From Bread Cubes
To make homemade stuffing from your bread cubes simply sauté a diced onion and a few stalks of celery in a ¼ cup (half stick) of butter, add the cubes, and add enough broth to moisten them, 2 cups should do. Now bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
There, you just made delicious stuffing from scratch!
- 1 (1 lb) loaf of bread, cut into ½-inch cubes (roughly 10 cups of bread cubes)
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil (or your liquid/melted fat of choice)
- ¾ teaspoon sage (find organic dried sage leaf here)
- ¾ teaspoon thyme (find organic dried thyme here)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt (find unrefined sea salt here)
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper (find organic dried peppercorns here)
- Preheat oven to 250°F.
- Grease a rimmed baking sheet with 2 Tbsp of olive oil. (This will be way too much to grease the sheet, but you’ll use it in the next step).
- Place the bread cubes on the baking sheet and mix to coat them with the oil.
- Sprinkle seasonings over the bread cubes and mix to evenly distribute the seasonings.
- Once the seasonings are evenly distributed, arrange bread cubes in a single layer on the baking sheet.
- Bake the bread cubes for 1½ - 2 hours, stirring after 1 hour, until they are completely dry.
- Once dry, remove bread cubes from the oven and let them cool completely on the pan.
- After they are cool, transfer them to a sealed container.
- If the bread cubes are completely dry, they should last for about a month.
Have you tried to make stuffing from scratch? What do you like to put in your homemade stuffing? Share with us in the comments!