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Basic Bell's Poultry Seasoning Stuffing Side Dish

Whether we call this side dish stuffing or dressing seems to depend on which side of the Mason-Dixon line we live. This popular side dish can always be called delicious!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword stuffing, dressing, Thanksgiving
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 cups prepared stuffing (dressing)
Calories 962kcal


  • Large skillet
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Paring knife
  • Mixing spoon


  • 12 Tbs Butter 1 stick
  • 2 c (300g) Onion Raw, diced
  • 2 c (300g) Celery Raw, diced
  • 3 c (675mL) Broth Vegetable or Poultry
  • 1 tbsp (15mL) Bell's Poultry Seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper "to taste"
  • 8 cups Diced, cubed bread Try to use non-white bread as it tends to come out mushy.


  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
    Melt 4 Tbs butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add diced celery to the butter and cook until just beginning to soften. Now add the diced onions, Bell's seasoning, and salt and pepper - cook until the onions are translucent, about 5 mins.
    Into a large bowl, add 16 slices cubed stale wheat bread. Melt the remaining butter. Pour the melted butter, vegetable broth, and veggies mixture over the cubed bread. Toss together until combined, then let set to allow the bread to absorb the moisture. Toss a couple of more times and allow the moisture to be absorbed in between.
    Stuff the turkey and bake according to directions. OR transfer to a buttered 3-quart (2.4) (9" x 13") baking dish and dot with more butter. Cover and bake 30 minutes, then uncover and bake until golden, 20 more minutes.
    Optional: To the first mixture of celery and onions, add ¾ c (115g) cup golden raisins or chopped apples.
  • If you don't have stale bread, cube the slices and spread out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Dry the bread in the oven at 350F (180C) for about 15 min or until dry. Proceed with the rest of the recipe.


Calories: 962kcal