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Best Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Stuffing

Best slow cooker Thanksgiving stuffing recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Full of Italian herbs, butter, veggies, dried cranberries, seasoned bread cubes. No more soggy stuffing!

There are high expectations for stuffing on Thanksgiving, and often times not a lot of oven or stove room for it. This is the best Thanksgiving stuffing, and solves the “lack of places to cook things” problem through the use of the slow cooker! If you prefer a heartier version then try this Slow Cooker Sausage Stuffing.

How To Make Best Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe From Scratch?

  1. Melt butter– In a pan.
  2. Add veggies– Add celery, onions, carrots, garlic and saute.
  3. Transfer mixture– To crockpot, and add bread cubes.
  4. Mix it– Sprinkle in poultry seasoning, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, dried cranberries.
  5. Whisk together eggs and broth– In a separate bowl.
  6. Pour mixture– Over the bread cubes and veggies, and mix.
  7. Cover and cook– Until everything is warmed/cooked through.
  8. Enjoy!– Check to see if the bread is moist to your liking and mix in more broth, if necessary. Cover and cook for another 30 minutes on Low heat.

What Is The Difference Between Dressing And Stuffing?

These days, the two terms are used interchangeably, but back in the day, stuffing was stuffed inside the turkey, and dressing was made and served on the side. This is not done anymore, due to cooking safety issues.

What Is Traditional Stuffing Made Of?

Traditionally, it is made of stale bread, broth, onions, celery, eggs, butter, and seasoning.

What Bread Do You Use To Make Homemade Stuffing?

Use French bread or Italian bread. However, it must be dry, stale bread for this recipe. If you don’t have any stale bread, cut the fresh bread into cubes. Then, spread out the cubes on a baking tray, and bake at 400 degrees F for 7 to 10 minutes or until dried out. If you use fresh bread, it will absorb a lot of the liquid/ broth and become very soggy.

Why Are Eggs Added To Stuffing? Is Stuffing Better With Or Without Eggs?

Eggs act as a “binding agent” in the stuffing so that it sticks together a little bit and you get all the flavors in one bite, and it isn’t too crumbly.

How To Fix Soggy Stuffing?

Simply, add more bread crumbs to soak up the excess liquid. However, avoiding this mishap in the first place, would be best. Do so by adding less broth to begin with, and only add a small amount at a time if more is needed. Please note that you will have to add some more spices then too.

How To Fix Dry Stuffing?

Add more broth, until you reach desired consistency. Remember, it does take some time for the liquid to be absorbed into the dried bread cubes. DON’T RUSH!  Wait for a few minutes before adding more broth, or else you may end up with the opposite problem of soggy stuffing.

Variations For Thanksgiving Dressing

Add sausage– Add mild or hot Italian sausage, or even maple sausage for more flavor and added heartiness.

Add other vegetables– Such as diced green peppers, corn, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, or even diced sweet potatoes.

Add toasted pecans or walnuts at the end– This adds a nice crunchy texture, and so much flavor. Add them at the end so they don’t become soft.

Try other herbs or even fresh herbs– Such as sage, rosemary, thyme, parsley, fennel, or even a dash of nutmeg.

Add apples– Finely chop your favorite apple, and add it for sweetness.

Add pears– Add finely chopped pears for additional sweetness.

Add mushrooms– For a heartier stuffing with even more depth of flavor.

Vegetarian stuffing– Use vegetable broth and vegan butter.

Add other dried fruit– Such as raisins, yellow raisins, cherries, or even dried apricots.

Seafood stuffing– Add cooked crab, lobster, or even shrimp to the stuffing.

Add bacon– for a salty and crunchy addition.

Cornbread stuffing– Use cornbread in place of the bread to make the base of the stuffing.

Gluten-free stuffing– Use gluten-free bread, and gluten free broth.

Tips And Techniques

Use low-sodium broth and butter– Because this prevents the dish from becoming too salty.

Highly recommend using seasoned bread crumbs– They have so much flavor, and saves a step of you having to add all that flavor.

If using plain bread crumbs, add more Italian herbs– Otherwise, the stuffing will be very bland.

Use a multifunctional slow cooker– This allows you to saute the vegetables in the slow cooker. This way, you won’t have to make another pot or pan dirty.

What size crockpot to use? I recommend using a 6 quart or larger crockpot.

Grease the slow cooker first– This prevents the stuffing from sticking and burning on the bottom of the crockpot.

Adjust the amount of seasoning– Based on your personal preference.

Start with adding 3 cups of broth– You may not even need to use the whole quantity. This helps prevent the stuffing from becoming too soggy. It is much easier to add more broth than to try and fix soggy stuffing.

In the end, check to see if the bread is moist to your liking– Mix in more broth, if necessary. Cover and cook for another 30 minutes on Low heat. You may have to do this if you prefer a “wet stuffing.” 

Storage

Refrigerate– In a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freeze– In a freezer safe container for up to 1 month. However, it tastes the best when served fresh.

Reheat– In the microwave.

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Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Stuffing

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 3 hrs
Total Time: 3 hrs 10 mins
Best slow cooker Thanksgiving stuffing recipe with simple ingredients (Italian herbs, butter, veggies, cranberries, seasoned bread cubes).
Yield: 12 People

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Butter, Unsalted
  • 1 cup Celery, Diced
  • 1 cup Onions, Finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Carrots, Peeled, Finely chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic , Finely minced
  • 2 packets Dried seasoned bread cubes, 12 oz. each
  • 1 tsp Poultry seasoning
  • 1-2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt, To taste
  • Pepper, To taste
  • 1/2 cup Dried cranberries
  • 2 Eggs, Large
  • 3-4 cups Broth, Chicken or vegetable, Low sodium

Instructions 

  • Add butter in a nonstick pot or pan over medium-high heat.
  • When it's fully melted, add celery, onions, carrots, garlic and saute for a few minutes until veggies are partially softened.
  • Note: Use a multifunctional slow cooker that allows you to saute the vegetables the in the slow cooker. This way, you won’t have to make another pot or pan dirty.
  • Transfer this mixture to a large greased crockpot (6 quart or larger).
  • Add the dried seasoned bread cubes.
  • Sprinkle poultry seasoning, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, dried cranberries.
  • Mix until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs and broth. I recommend starting with only 3 cups broth. You may not even need to use the whole quantity.
  • Pour this mixture over the bread cubes and veggies.
  • Mix until combined. The bread cubes should feel slightly moist. They should not be soaking wet.
  • Cover and cook on Low heat for about 3 hours or until bread cubes are soft and everything is warmed through/ cooked through.
  • Check to see if the bread is moist to your liking and mix in more broth, if necessary. Cover and cook for another 30 minutes on Low heat. You may have to do this if you prefer a "wet stuffing." Enjoy!

Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Tastes best when served immediately but leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days and reheated in the microwave. 

Nutrition

Calories: 108kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 325mg, Potassium: 78mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1337IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Calories: 108
Author: Abeer Rizvi
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