Traditional Crock Pot Stuffing

Traditional crock pot stuffing

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  • Total: 7 hrs 25 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 7 hrs
  • Yield: 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
286 Calories
22g Fat
8g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 286
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Sodium 170mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 14g
Calcium 43mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Make this easy traditional crock pot stuffing recipe in your slow cooker to help save time and work on Thanksgiving day. There's no better way to make this classic recipe without the muss and fuss of stuffing the turkey and having to dig out the stuffing before you carve the bird.

This is a mild stuffing, flavored the classic way with poultry seasoning and sage. You could change the herbs if you'd like or add more vegetables.

This recipe is an excellent way to make more stuffing without having to take up space in the oven. You can use part of this recipe to stuff the turkey, though. Just fill the neck area and cavity with stuffing (don't pack it in) and roast the bird until a food thermometer put into a thigh and into the stuffing registers 170 F. Any leftover stuffing can be made in a smaller crock pot, or you can bake it in the oven for the last hour that the turkey is roasting.

To dry the bread, let it stand uncovered overnight on a wire rack, or bake in a 200 F oven for about 20 to 30 minutes, until it's firm, then cut it into cubes and continue with the recipe. 


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  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups onion (chopped)
  • 2 cups celery (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup parsley (chopped)
  • 2 (8-ounce) cans mushrooms (sliced and drained)
  • 12 cups bread (day-old cubes, dried overnight)
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried sage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 to 2 cups chicken or turkey broth

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for traditional crockpot stufifng
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  2. In a heavy skillet, melt the butter over low heat. Add the onion, celery, parsley, and mushrooms and cook, stirring for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the vegetables are crisp-tender.

    Ingredients in a skillet
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  3. Meanwhile, place the bread cubes in a large bowl.

    Bread cubes
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  4. Pour the onion mixture over the bread cubes, then add all of the seasonings and toss well.

    Pour onion mixture over breadcrumbs
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  5. Add the eggs and mix well.

    Add eggs
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  6. Pour enough broth into the stuffing to moisten it, about 1/3 cup at a time, tossing with fork. Don't make the dressing too wet, because moisture doesn't evaporate in the slow cooker (or in the turkey!).

    Pour broth into stuffing
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  7. Spoon the stuffing lightly into a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.

    Stuffing in crock pot
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  8. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, sprinkling with some more chicken stock once or twice during the cooking time.

    Cover and cook
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  9. Serve and enjoy!