Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Homemade Stovetop Stuffing

Occasionally I see recipes for making homemade stovetop type stuffing.  I never expect it to taste as good as that wonderful stuffing you get in the box but I figured it was worth a shot.

Yesterday I made one of the fastest crockpot meals to ever throw in before you walk out the door in the morning, Crockpot Chicken & Biscuits.  Of course, any time I have anything like poultry with gravy, I want stuffing (and cranberry sauce).  I love homemade stuffing but sometimes I crave the kind that comes in a box.  Something about the spiciness of it is just over the top for me! 

Never one to run to the store after work, I grabbed my computer and googled "homemade stovetop recipes".  It didn't sound too hard.  In fact, the lady that blogged the recipe mentioned that it took her only about 15 minutes longer to make than the box kind.  My husband was mowing the yard so I had 15 minutes.  I also have a freezer full of stale bread so I gave it a shot.

Was it good?  Yea BABY!  It was delicious!  In fact, I loved it!  Probably I will never again buy another box of stuffing.  It was super cheap and also much better for you than those crazy ingredients you find in the boxed kind. 

I think it will also be good made with cornbread.  You can bet the next time I make Homemade Cornbread Muffins, I will be freezing some of those babies for making homemade cornbread stovetop.  I think I can just sub in toasted cornbread crumbles for croutons in this recipe.

One thing that I will change in this recipe is that the blogger whose recipe I used, toasted slices of bread and then cut it into cubes.  Maybe I'm just messy, but what a huge mess that was ha!!  I had crumbs flying all over the place.  I changed that part of the recipe to cube the bread BEFORE toasting.  I think that will work better for me.

Also, the original post used fresh celery and onions.  I'm sure that is completely wonderful but blahh.. I didn't have all of that.  I used dried, minced onion and skipped the celery.  She also used chicken broth.  I didn't have that either and used chicken bouillon to make my broth.  It was straight on! 

Here's how I made Homemade Stove Top Stuffing AT HOME MY WAY:

Homemade Stove Top Stuffing
(adapted from

  • 8 slices of bread (I used a combination of bread/buns)
  • 3 Tablespoons margarine/butter
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 1 1/4 cup boiling water

Cut bread into cubes (kitchen scissors work bests for this).  Place the cubes on a cookie sheet and toast in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or so until browning.  Dump them into a bowl for better pouring later on (I used the dish I would be ultimately serving my stuffing in).

Bring water to boil in separate dish (I used my measuring cup in the microwave), drop in bouillon cube while measuring the dry ingredients, etc.), stir when it starts to dissolve.

Measure all of the dried ingredients (except the bouillon cube) into a small dish so they are ready to go.  (HINT:  You could pre-measure these for storing in the pantry so they are ready to go.)

In a small pot, melt the margarine/butter, add in the dry seasonings and the chicken broth.  Bring to a slight boil and then remove from the heat.  Dump in the croutons.  Stir to mix and cover.  Let sit 5 minutes or so before serving.


I served this dish with Homemade Cranberry Sauce.  I had cranberries in the freezer so I used the whole bag, served half of the cranberry sauce and put the remainder in a jar for keeping in the freezer for next time.

The stovetop stuffing is incredibly frugal as it uses dried/stale bread.  You could also stirfry some garden vegetables or mushrooms for mixing in (stir the cooked vegetables into the broth before adding the croutons).  I will also be trying this recipe with cornbread!

The original recipe that I used for Homemade Stovetop Stuffing is found HERE!  A special thank you to this blogger at Savory Reviews!  What a great article and recipe. She gave me the confidence and inspiration to jump right on in there and try this terrific little recipe.

Let me know if you try it at your house!

I shared this recipe here:


  1. I LOVE Stove Top! Probably even more than "real" stuffing. I am so excited to try this. What a great use of bread and I like that I can use wheat bread to make it a little healthier :) I want to make it right now, but not sure how stuffing would be go BBQ ribs, he he. I love your hint about mixing up the spices ahead of time and it gave me a great idea. Buy a few loaves of stale/day old bread at the grocery store and chop it all and store it in bags that are recipe sized, that way all you have to do is pull the bag out and toast it, the chopping and measuring is done for you. I am sure you could have the liquid part ready while the bread is toasting it it would only take about 15 minutes total to make this if everything is prepped before hand!

    1. Let me know how you like it! I'm like you. I LOVE Stove Top and I was completely thrilled to find a way to make it at home with stuff I have that I need to use up anyway (like stale bread). I think I may even try it with stale cornbread too.

      Let me know if you make this. I'm anxious to know how you like it!

  2. Gina, I finally got around to making this and it was wonderful. I used some whole wheat sandwich bread and it turned out great. I started making it and realized I was out of sage and parsley. Go figure, ha ha. So I subbed in some thyme and some marjoram and it still turned out great. Will definitely be grabbing sage and parsley at the store next time I go and make up a bunch of these to keep in the cupboard. My husband couldn't believe how much it tasted like real Stove Top. My husband isn't a huge onion fan so I think I might add less of the dried minced onion and just add some onion powder so he doesn't have to look at the pieces of onion, (men I tell ya). Thank you again for this recipe and I can't wait to try some of your other recipes I have pinned.

    1. Awesome! So glad you tried it and had success with this recipe with your family. My husband is the same way! I use lots of onion powder too because he freaks out like a little kid if he sees a piece of onion LOL.

      I was amazed also at how similar it was to store bought Stovetop. I haven't tried it with cornbread yet, but I'm planning to cube some cornbread, toast it, and try it as well (because I LOVE cornbread stuffing!) I haven't really ever had thyme or marjoram. Sounds like a combination that I definitely need to try.

      I found this was a real money saving recipe and loved that it used up stale bread; also, that I could put some packets in the cupboard like you mentioned. Speaking of,... I need to do that. I really love Stovetop!

      Thanks for commenting. I look forward to hearing from you again.

  3. Hi, do you think this could be made in advance? I want to make this for Thanksgiving but afraid of it drying out or becoming too soggy if I don't make it at the last minute. Any tips are appreciated! Thanks! Gina



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