Everyone needs a classic dressing for holiday meals. Either to use as is, or tweak with some extra ingredients to make it extra special. This recipe can be adapted to meet your taste for moistness as well. Just find your perfect level of chicken broth to use. There are several variations at the end of the post to try as well. Thank you, Nisha, for the request!
18 cups of cubed bread—-use a more dense type of bread (not white sandwich bread) and cut into 1 inch cubes. I used dinner rolls. Spread the bread cubes in a single layer on sheet pans and let dry out for a day or two. stir and toss around a couple of times during drying time. The bread shouldn’t be as dry as croutons, but the outer layer should be good and dry
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
2 1/2 cups chopped onion
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
3–4 cups chicken broth–depending on the bread that you use, and how moist you like your dressing
2 large eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons kosher salt (use 1/2 this amount if using table salt)
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the bread cubes in a large bowl. Set aside.
Butter a 9X13 inch baking dish.
In a medium, heavy saucepan, melt the butter. Add the onions and celery and sauté on medium heat for 5–6 minutes. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool.
Pour butter/onion/garlic/celery mixture over bread cubes. Pour beaten eggs over as well. Add the fresh herbs, poultry seasoning, and salt and pepper.
Stir until combined.
Add chicken broth, starting with 3 cups. The final amount will depend on the type of bread you used, and how moist you like your dressing. I ended up using 3 1/2 cups, and got a dressing that was crispy on the outside, and moist underneath, which is what we like in my family.
Pour the dressing into the buttered baking dish and spread evenly without mashing and compacting the dressing down too much. This will create a texture on the top that will brown to a nice crisp in the oven.
Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees F. for 40 minutes, then uncover and bake another 15–20 minutes.