Turkey may be the most anticipated dish at the Thanksgiving dinner table, but no celebration is complete without stuffing.

The classic dish, which is also known as dressing, is typically made up of dried bread cubes, vegetables, spices, and herbs. There are a variety of ways to make stuffing but nothing beats a classic recipe.

Whether it’s your first time hosting Thanksgiving or you volunteered to bring the stuffing, Food Network has an easy recipe that guarantees the maker will deliver a simple yet delicious dressing to the dinner table.

Thanksgiving stuffing Thanksgiving stuffing can be made in a few easy steps. A young man is pictured mixing bread crumbs for stuffing as volunteers prepare some of the 5,000 Thanksgiving dinners during the annual “Everything but the Turkey” event on Nov. 23, 2005 in Washington, DC. Photo: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, plus more for the baking dish 
  • 1 onion, finely chopped 
  • 5 stalks celery, finely chopped 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken or turkey broth 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley 
  • 16 cups ½ -inch stale country white bread cubes (about 1 ¾ pounds) 
  • 2 tablespoons fat from the turkey drippings (or butter) 
  • ½ teaspoon paprika


1: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2: Butter a 3-quart baking dish and set it aside.

3: In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Then add in celery, onion, thyme, and sage. Season the mixture with 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. 

4: Cook and stir until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add in the broth and bring it to a boil. Then remove from the heat.

5: In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and parsley together. Add in the vegetables-broth mixture and bread. Stir until combined. 

6: Transfer the contents to the baking dish. Drizzle turkey drippings over the stuffing or dot with butter, and sprinkle with paprika.

7: Cover the dish with aluminum foil and then bake for 30 minutes. Uncover the dish and bake until golden, around 25 to 30 more minutes.

Thanksgiving Make delicious stuffing to go with your turkey this Thanksgiving. A Guatemalan immigrant is pictured serving stuffing from the Thanksgiving turkey on Nov. 24, 2016 in Stamford, Connecticut Photo: John Moore/Getty Images