This Easy Stuffing Recipe is semi-homemade! It starts with Stove Top stuffing mix, but is made better with fresh onions, apples and tons of flavor! 

As Thanksgiving Day rolls around, I think it’s normal for us to turn to our favorite family recipes! Many of my family’s favorites come from my maternal Grandmother, the inspiration behind my blog name! This year, I realized that I didn’t have a copy of her Thanksgiving dressing recipe, so I had to put a call out to the family. It is truly the BEST stuffing recipe!

an overhead photo of a baked stuffing in a casserole dish

I remembered that it had apples and celery and was SO moist. I also remembered that it had raisins in it, which I always picked out as a kid. And, to be honest with you, I still do as an adult!

Whether or not you choose to include raisins comes down to your personal preferences, and it’s somewhat of a hot debate within our family! But, to honor her memory, I kept the recipe “as is,” raisins and all!

a photo of Thanksgiving stuffing on a wooden spoon

Luckily, I found a cousin who had a copy of this easy stuffing recipe, and it made my day! I was surprised that it included boxed stuffing, but once I thought about it a bit, it made sense. People generally like the flavors in the store-bought box stuffing, so why not use them to enhance your favorite recipe. Right?

Love a good homemade version of cornbread stuffing? Check out my The Best Savory Cornbread Dressing for Thanksgiving

Recipe Substitutions and Modifications: 

This delicious stuffing will be the star of your holiday table! Like any great recipe, there are plenty of substitutions you can make. I always think it’s best to use the ingredients you already have on hand. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Instead of chicken broth, you can use chicken stock, turkey stock (or turkey broth), or vegetable stock (or vegetable broth).
  • Instead of the white bread, you could use French bread, whole wheat bread or sourdough bread. 
  • Add a pound of cooked, crumbled pork sausage.
  • Substitute olive oil for some (or all) of the butter. 
  • Instead of toasting the bread, you can choose to use leftover stale white bread. This recipe is an awesome way to use up stale bread! 

Storing Leftovers: 

Store leftover stuffing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I recommend reheating gently, covering for most of the reheat time. 

an overhead photo of all of the ingredients needed to make Thanskgiving stuffing

Serving Suggestions: 

Make this semi-homemade stuffing part of your Thanksgiving dinner! It’s a delicious side dish alongside cranberry sauce, turkey, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole

a photo of a scoop of Thanksgiving stuffing on a white plate

Looking for more Thanksgiving recipes? Check out my 70+ Fantastic Thanksgiving Recipes for Family Gatherings!

an overhead photo of Thanksgiving stuffing in a white casserole dish

The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing (with Stove Top)

Yield: Serves 12
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

This Easy Stuffing Recipe is semi-homemade! It starts with Stove Top stuffing mix, but is made better with fresh onions, apples and tons of flavor! 


For the mix-ins:

  • 1 stick butter, divided
  • 1 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup celery, chopped
  • 2 apples, diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or more if needed)
  • 1 cup raisins (very optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Toast the bread and tear into small bite-sized pieces. Place cubed bread into the bottom of a greased 9x13'' casserole dish. Add the Stove Top Stuffing to the torn bread pieces.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ½ of the butter to the skillet, melt.
  4. Add onions and celery to skillet. Sauté onions for 3-4 minutes, until softened and fragrant. Pour over the top of the bread and stuffing mix in the baking dish.
  5. Add remaining butter to skillet, and heat over medium-high heat until melted. Add apples and sauté for 5-6 minutes, until lightly browned and beginning to soften. Pour over the top of the bread and stuffing mix in casserole dish.
  6. In a small bowl, beat eggs, sugar, poultry seasoning and salt with a wire whisk, then pour over the bread. Toss well to coat the bread cubes.
  7. Add broth, ½ cup at a time. tossing each time to work it into the bread pieces until the bread is thoroughly moistened but not "swimming" in broth.
  8. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 1 hour. If desired, remove the aluminum foil for the last 10-15 minutes to toast the top of the stuffing to a nice, golden brown.
  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve warm.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 321Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 52mgSodium 807mgCarbohydrates 50gFiber 3gSugar 18gProtein 8g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app and may be incorrect.

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