Easy Crockpot Stuffing

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Crockpot Stuffing is moist, hearty, and perfectly seasoned! Easy to prepare using the slow cooker, it makes the perfect Thanksgiving side dish!

It is one of my most favorite Thanksgiving dishes because of its rich flavors and the comfort it brings! Make this dish along with the Oven Roasted Turkey, Pecan Pie Bars, and Pumpkin Pie!

Crockpot Stuffing is moist, hearty, and perfectly seasoned! Easy to prepare using the slow cooker, it makes the perfect Thanksgiving side dish! #stuffing #crockpotrecipes #slowcooker #thanksgivingrecipes #sweetandsavorymeals

Slow Cooker Stuffing Recipe

This recipe for Crockpot Stuffing has superb herb flavors and great texture! This side dish is always served during Thanksgiving in almost every household I know.

What I love about this dish is that I can devour it piece by piece without worrying that it has been stuffed into a raw turkey. Usually it is not unsafe to eat it from inside the turkey, I am just not a huge fan of it.

It is just that there are possible risks associated with it and with this, the USDA has set some guidelines on how to properly handle stuffing. Just follow those rules when making this recipe.

Using the slow cooker frees up oven space which you can use for the rest of your other recipes. This recipe is ideal for when you are busy and doing other chores for your holiday dinner.

It is such a great side dish to prepare and you can also customize it by adding your favorite seasoning, same sausage and even some apples or pears.

Crockpot Stuffing is moist, hearty, and perfectly seasoned! Easy to prepare using the slow cooker, it makes the perfect Thanksgiving side dish! #stuffing #crockpotrecipes #slowcooker #thanksgivingrecipes #sweetandsavorymeals

What is Stuffing?

It is something that is put inside the cavity of an animal being roasted, typically poultry. The purpose is to infuse more flavors into the meat and to provide a source of moisture so that the meat does not dry out while roasting.

You prepare it with dry bread cubes and a mixture of celery, onions, and herbs sautéed in butter. It has egg as the binder and you make it moist by adding the stock.

What is the difference between stuffing and dressing?

Stuffing must be something that you put inside the turkey (as an example) while dressing is simply cooked in a dish. However, stuffing tastes so good that others just opt to prepare it without wanting to put it inside the turkey or chicken.

There is no difference in the ingredients but depending on who you ask, people get to call the exact same dish differently.

How to make Crockpot Stuffing?

  • Prep the bread: Dry your bread and cut it up into one-inch-thick cubes.
  • Sauté: Sauté your celery and aromatics in unsalted butter. Add in the herbs and seasonings.
  • Slow-cook: Combine everything in the crockpot along with beaten egg and stock. Moisten everything adequately but not too much that it turns mushy. When everything is done, you can serve it while still hot or at room temperature.

How long do you cook stuffing in the Slow Cooker?

What you can do is to cook on HIGH for the first 45 minutes to get the heat started. Then, reduce to LOW and cook for 4 hours.

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What is the best bread to use for Crockpot Stuffing?

There is no hard rule as to which bread to use, may it be sourdough or cornbread, or your classic white bread. Just make sure that it is thoroughly dry so that it can absorb moisture well.

How to dry bread for Crockpot Stuffing?

Cut the bread into one-inch-thick cubes and spread them on a baking sheet or two. Dry it for about 30 minutes in the oven set at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not allow the cubes to burn.

Can you make the stuffing ahead of time?

Yes! Cook it ahead and then, refrigerate it once it cools. Consume within 3 to 4 days. When you are ready to use it, reheat it to 165 degrees Fahrenheit but do not use it for your poultry anymore.

It is better to freeze it uncooked. When ready to cook it, do not thaw it anymore, simply cook until it reaches the safe internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Crockpot Stuffing is moist, hearty, and perfectly seasoned! Easy to prepare using the slow cooker, it makes the perfect Thanksgiving side dish! #stuffing #crockpotrecipes #slowcooker #thanksgivingrecipes #sweetandsavorymeals

Recipe Tips:

  • It does not matter if you use fresh or dry herbs, only the amount will differ. Parsley is a common ingredient, but you can also add rosemary, sage, and thyme.
  • When drying the bread in the oven, switch the two baking sheets for a more even drying.
  • To add flavor, you can add mushrooms and meat like bacon bits, sausages, oysters.
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4.84 from 6 reviews
Easy Crockpot Stuffing
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 4 hours 45 minutes Total time: 5 hrs

Ingredients

  • 1 cup  butter  (unsalted)
  • 1  onion  (chopped)
  • 2 cups  chopped celery 
  • 1/4 cup  fresh parsley  (chopped)
  • 2 cups  mushrooms  (sliced)
  • 10 cups  dry bread cubes  (about 1 inch in size)
  • 1 teaspoon  dried sage 
  • 1 teaspoon  Italian seasoning 
  • 1 teaspoon  dried thyme 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  dried oregano 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground black pepper 
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups  chicken broth  (or as needed)
  • 2  eggs  (beaten)

Instructions

  1. Place a skillet over medium heat, add butter and melt.
  2. Add onion, celery, mushroom, and parsley to the skillet, and cook for 7 minutes stirring frequently.
  3. Add dry bread cubes to a large bowl, add the cooked vegetables, add sage, Italian seasoning, thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour in enough broth to moisten the bread, but NOT make it mushy. Stir.
  5. Add beaten eggs and stir to combine. Transfer mixture to slow cooker, and cover.
  6. Cook on HIGH for 45 minutes, then reduce heat to LOW and cook for 4 to 6 hours.
Calories: 437 Carbohydrates: 39 Protein: 11 Fat: 27 Saturated Fat: 6 Cholesterol: 41 Sodium: 1912 Potassium: 503 Fiber: 4 Sugar: 6 Vitamin A: 1346 Vitamin C: 20 Calcium: 149 Iron: 4
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Crockpot Stuffing is moist, hearty, and perfectly seasoned! Easy to prepare using the slow cooker, it makes the perfect Thanksgiving side dish! #stuffing #crockpotrecipes #slowcooker #thanksgivingrecipes #sweetandsavorymeals

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Stacie

I've never had a chunky dressing like that before. I kind of love that texture. I'm going to be making that this Thanksgiving.

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Amy Desrosiers

Yum! I love stuffing so much! It is the best part of Thanksgiving in my humble opinion.

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Tara Pittman

I need to try this. This would free up oven space on Thanksgiving day.

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Liz Mays

This looks so flavorful. I'd love to make some stuffing this way. Adding some sausage bits would be perfect for my family too.

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Celebrate Woman Today

Very unique recipe. I will test it out and see how it comes out before the Thanksgiving party. Yours looks fabulous!

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keikilani

Yes! I try to do as many recipes in the crockpot as possible for Thanksgiving day. It makes the oven less crowded and also keeps everything warm until ready to serve. This stuffing looks so good.

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Kathy

I love homemade stuffing. It is the best. I have never tried to make it in the crockpot before though. I'm looking forward to trying this out.

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Katrina

This sounds delicious! I gotta give this recipe a try for the holidays.

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Brandy

I never thought of making stuffing in the crock pot! This is a brilliant way to save time during the busy cooking season that holidays tend to bring.

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1stopmom

I have never made stuffing before, I usually make dressing for the holidays. Your stuffing looks delicious and I want to try it. I like the idea of adding sausage and bacon to it.

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Sherry

I haven't tried stuffing in the crockpot before. We usually make my grandmother's recipe but I will give this a try.

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Jeni Hawkins

This looks absolutely great! Sure to have lots of flavors from those herbs you put in. I am definitely trying this asap!

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Erin

I love stuffing, and I like the fact you can make this in the crockpot even more! Looks so flavorful and delicious!

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Toni

This looks so good and easy to make! Adding it to my Thanksgiving menu!

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Myrah Duque

This is my type of dressing, nice and chunky. This would be ideal for our Thanksgiving dinner.

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Rachel

This looks so good. I love stuffing with my gravy and turkey. This will free up some oven space.

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krystal

So excited for fall and winter dishes! this looks delicious and love that i can use my slow cooker!

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Gervin Khan

Wow, this is such an easy and delicious recipe to make. I am going to try this at home for my family.

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Lyanna Soria

I love making my own stuffing and this recipe is amazing. I love that you use a crockpot for this which makes things easier and that stuffing looks quite delicious.

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