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If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It Stuffing

If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It Stuffing

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Like a greatest hits album, this recipe combines the essential elements and the most successful techniques from all of our most popular stuffing recipes.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more
  • 1½ pounds loaf sourdough bread, sliced 1 inch thick, torn into ½–¾-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound breakfast sausage, casings removed if needed
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, finely chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Diamond Crystal or 1¼ teaspoons Morton kosher salt, plus more
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more
  • ¼ cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped sage
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped thyme
  • 4 cups Thanksgiving Stock or low-sodium chicken broth, divided

Recipe Preparation

  • Place racks in middle and top of oven; preheat to 300°. Butter a 3-qt. baking dish. Divide bread between 2 rimmed baking sheets and bake on middle rack, tossing occasionally, until dried out (do not let brown more than just a bit around the edges), 25–35 minutes. Let cool.

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Arrange sausage in a single layer and cook, undisturbed, until browned underneath, about 3 minutes. Break up into bite-size pieces with 2 spatulas or spoons and continue to cook, tossing occasionally, until cooked through, about 5 minutes longer. Transfer sausage to a plate.

  • Reduce heat to medium and melt 1 cup butter in same skillet. Add onion, fennel, and celery; season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are very tender but not browned, 12–15 minutes. Add wine and scrape bottom of skillet to release any browned bits. Bring to a boil and cook until wine is evaporated, about 3 minutes. Toss in parsley, sage, and thyme and let mixture cool in skillet.

  • Increase oven temperature to 350°. Whisk eggs and 2 cups stock in a very large bowl. Add bread, sausage, and onion mixture and toss well to combine. Add 2 tsp. or 1¼ tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper. Drizzle remaining 2 cups stock over and toss again to combine. Let sit, tossing occasionally, until bread absorbs all of the liquid, about 10 minutes.

  • Transfer stuffing to prepared dish; butter a sheet of foil and cover dish, butter side down. Bake on middle rack until very hot throughout (it should feel too hot to comfortably touch in the center; an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should register 160°), 35–40 minutes.

  • Increase oven temperature to 425°. Remove foil and transfer baking dish to top rack. Continue to bake stuffing until golden brown, 25–30 minutes longer.

  • Do Ahead: Stuffing can be assembled 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.

Reviews SectionTHE BEST STUFFING RECIPE. PERIOD!AnonymousCHICAGO, IL12/02/19I love this recipe! Yesterday was the second year I've made it. One suggestion to consider: I used Morton Kosher salt and only 1/2 tsp at the final seasoning step and it was plenty of salt-- tested a piece of stuffing crisped up in a skillet before putting the rest in the oven to check seasoning. The 1/2 tsp might have been plenty because I used store bought low sodium chicken broth (not homemade) or just because of differences in seasoning along the way, but I'm not particularly salt averse so might be worth it to hold back and taste before committing to the full amount! The stuffing got raves-- definitely keeping this recipe around!AnonymousChicago,IL 11/29/19PERFECT-I just pulsated some old loaves that I was going to use for bread crumbs anyway. The fennel is a star, and I also added mushrooms. Chris saved my first stuffing attempt fears.AnonymousWashington, DC11/24/19The first 5-star review convinced me and I will absolutely make this again. I subbed in some "english muffin loaf" to go with the sourdough. It was full of flavor and a huge hit at thanksgiving. My first stuffing attempt! Also, it fit in a 9x13 pan, just barely. Thanks for the recipe, Chris!AnonymousSun Prairie, WI11/24/18Best. Stuffing. Ever. With 2 sticks of butter, how can it not be amazing? The top is buttery and crispy, while the interior is moist. I add sautéed mushrooms to this. The recipe says 8 servings, but those are very generous portions. We had tons of leftovers. Not sure if I want to wait for next Thanksgiving to make it again!AnonymousBaltimore, MD02/13/18

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