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Classic Stuffed Turkey

For years, my mother has made this moist stuffed turkey recipe. Now, I do the same thing. The turkey stuffing nicely compliments the tender, juicy slices of oven-roasted turkey. —Kathi Graham, Naperville, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 3-3/4 hours + standing
  • Makes
    12 servings (10 cups stuffing)


  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 cups unseasoned stuffing cubes
  • Warm water
  • 1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)
  • Melted butter


  • In a large skillet, saute the onions, celery and mushrooms in butter until tender. Add broth and seasonings; mix well. Place bread cubes in a large bowl; add mushroom mixture and toss to coat. Stir in enough warm water to reach desired moistness.
  • Just before baking, loosely stuff turkey. Place any remaining stuffing in a greased baking dish; cover and refrigerate until ready to bake. Skewer turkey openings; tie drumsticks together with kitchen string. Place breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Brush with melted butter.
  • Bake turkey, uncovered, at 325° for 3-3/4 to 4-1/2 hours or until a thermometer reads 180° for the turkey and 165° for the stuffing, basting occasionally with pan drippings. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.)
  • Bake additional stuffing, covered, for 30-40 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Cover turkey with foil and let stand for 20 minutes before removing stuffing and carving. If desired, thicken pan drippings for gravy.

Stuffed Turkey Recipe Tips

How can I cook a stuffed turkey safely?

To cook a stuffed turkey safely, the stuffing must reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees to prevent the risk of bacteria growth. We don't typically recommend cooking stuffing inside a turkey because it can dry out your bird. If you want to go the stuffed route, this is the recipe we'd recommend making. If not, cook your turkey and stuffing separately.

What can you put inside a turkey besides stuffing?

There are plenty of other things to put inside a turkey besides stuffing! We love to add aromatics to the turkey cavity. Some great options are onions, carrots, celery and herbs (rosemary, thyme and sage will do the trick). Don't forget to season the cavity with salt and pepper, too.

How do I make my own stuffing cubes?

Making stuffing cubes is as easy as making homemade croutons! Simply cube the bread, place it in a single layer on a baking sheet and lightly toast at 225 to 250 degrees for about an hour. Turn the cubes occasionally for even toasting.

How can I make the stuffing my own?

To make this stuffing your own, try adding fun mix-ins like pecans, sausage, bacon and dried cranberries.

How do I make gravy with drippings?

Follow our Simple Turkey Gravy recipe to make gravy with turkey drippings!

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor, and Josh Rink, Taste of Home Food Stylist
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 571 calories, 26g fat (11g saturated fat), 153mg cholesterol, 961mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 44g protein.


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  • sammills
    Dec 16, 2018

    This is my Go to recipe for Thanksgiving I have cooked 3 -17# turkeys and a 30# turkey ?? this holiday season already! I usually add raisins, diced apples and sometimes Italian sausage. It always has raving reviews.

  • erinmc
    Jan 18, 2015

    I made my very first Thanksgiving dinner in 1998 using this recipe. I have made it every year since. The original page from TOH is folded, worn, stained and tucked away in my one of my cookbooks until next Thanksgiving. I love that this recipe has become my tradition and everyone looks forward to it.I also love that the woman who submitted the recipe and I are from the same home town.

  • 2llamass
    Nov 26, 2014

    Just like my mom's Double YUM!!!!

  • renatae
    Dec 19, 2013

    This tastes just like my mom's stuffing! A friend made it, and just cooked it outside the turkey. The difference was, she used 2-3 cans of broth. It came out moist and tasting as if it had been stuffed into the turkey. I tried my mom's recipe for stuffing once or twice, but when I made it, it didn't taste the same. I don't know why not. But this recipe takes me right back in time!

  • SandyD43210
    Nov 21, 2013

    When using day old bread instead of bread cubes how much do I use? I wanted to try this recipe for Thanksgiving this year so I honestly couldn't rate it.

  • momof29
    Nov 29, 2012

    This is my stuffing recipe!!!!

  • s_pants
    Nov 23, 2012

    Only made the stuffing, but we thought it was really good.

  • wannie20
    Mar 25, 2012

    I have made this recipe several times using leftover bread it is excellent and delicious