Whole Grain Classic Homemade Stuffing Recipe

This classic homemade stuffing recipe is a healthy take on the traditional. Featuring whole grain bread and olive oil, it’s even more delicious!

Whole Grain Classic Homemade Stuffing Recipe

With Thanksgiving creeping ever nearer, we wanted to continue to share some holiday-related recipe ideas — though they can just as easily be enjoyed without the holiday as an excuse! For Alex and me, stuffing has always the highlight on the Thanksgiving table. It’s funny to think about mushy bread being something to write home about, but there’s something about the savoriness of the mush that can’t be beat. We’ve enjoyed everything from stuffing straight from the box, with those perfectly symmetrical cubes, to my grandparents version with giblets (which I always picked around).

How to make our classic homemade stuffing recipe

This year, we wanted to create a classic homemade stuffing recipe with a healthy twist. We wanted to redo our traditional family recipe without the gobs of butter and flimsy white bread! So for our classic homemade stuffing recipe, we used an artisan whole grain bread instead of the typical white typical white bread. Instead of butter, we went for a healthy fat: olive oil! We also cut down on the fat quantity by compensating with bringing up the flavor of the celery and leeks. The entire classic homemade stuffing recipe has only 2 tablespoons olive oil. With reasonable portion sizes, it’s a good option for a healthy Thanksgiving table.

Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving treat? Or, if you’re not based in a country that celebrates this holiday, a favorite food for a holiday celebration meal?

Looking for more Thanksgiving recipes?

This classic homemade stuffing recipe is one of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Here are a few more Thanksgiving recipes on A Couple Cooks:

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Whole Grain Classic Stuffing


1 Star (2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This classic homemade stuffing recipe is a healthy take on the traditional. Featuring whole grain bread and olive oil, it’s even more delicious!


Ingredients

  • 1 loaf artisan whole grain bread, cubed (9 to 10 cups)
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 2 leeks
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 cups vegetable broth

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut bread into cubes. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 to 25 minutes until browned and toasted, stirring and checking occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, dice the onion and celery. Chop off the dark green stems and the root of the leeks, then slice them in half length-wise. Place each leek half cut-side down on the cutting board, then chop it into thin slices (resulting in half-moon shapes). Rinse thoroughly in a colander to remove any dirt. Chop 2 tablespoons each sage and parsley.
  3. In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add celery, onion and leeks with a few pinches kosher salt; cook 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender. Remove from the heat and stir in the herbs.
  4. Place the bread cubes and vegetables in a bowl, add 1 teaspoon kosher salt and a generous amount of fresh ground black pepper, and mix to combine.
  5. Pour the mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish and add 3 cups vegetable broth. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover, and bake for about 25 minutes, until browned.

Keywords: Stuffing, Classic Stuffing, Homemade Stuffing Recipe, Thanksgiving, Healthy, Whole Grain Bread, Vegetarian

 

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.

7 Comments

  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    November 14, 2012 at 6:33 am

    This looks perfect! Awesome idea!

  • Reply
    Eileen
    November 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I heart stuffing! We’ve neglected it for a couple years, but this year–this year we definitely have to have a big vat of stuffing. :) Love this version!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Haha, I love the thought of a huge vat of stuffing — I think I’d be satisfied by a plate of it alone on Thanksgiving (well, maybe with some green bean casserole on the side…)

  • Reply
    Memri
    November 25, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Would this work well with chicken broth instead of vegetable broth?

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 25, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Hi! Yes, chicken broth would be fine.

  • Reply
    Karen
    November 21, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Can you put this together & freeze? If so, before or after cooking? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 22, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      We’ve never tried freezing it — but let us know if you try it!

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