Make stuffing all year long with this easy slow cooker stuffing recipe!
There is no need to wait until the holidays to serve stuffing! Not when this Crockpot stuffing is so simple to make. Tender, fluffy and savory seasoned bread cubes are cooked in the slow cooker, along with onions and celery, to create this well loved side dish. It’s perfect served with a traditional holiday turkey, but also delicious with chicken, pork, and even beef.
Best Holiday Side Dish
- Crockpot stuffing is a foolproof recipe that’s not only safer than stuffing a bird, it frees up oven space for other side dishes!
- Both the bird and the stuffing cook faster when stuffing is cooked in a Crockpot.
- Everyone loves a heaping side of homemade stuffing with a festive Turkey dinner. But don’t stop there! It’s also delicious beside chicken breasts, pork chops, or even some hearty chicken parmesan meatballs.
Ingredients and Variations
BREAD CUBES: Store bough dried bread cubes are super convenient, but making them from scratch is also easy. Use regular sandwich bread, whole wheat, or sourdough and cut the cubes to an equal size and shape. Set bread out on the counter to dry for a couple days, or place in a low heated oven spread out on a baking sheet. PRO TIP: Pre-purchased dried cubes may need more broth, add a little at a time.
BUTTER: Choose real butter over margarine, and add a bit of bacon grease for extra flavor if available. Olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil will also work.
SEASONINGS: Season cubed and dried bread with store-bought or homemade poultry seasoning. Freshly chopped rosemary, sage, thyme and parsley would make a wonderful addition. And it only takes about 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs for a boost of flavor that tastes amazing!
ADD-INS: Stuffing is the perfect dish for add-ins! Try dried cranberries, chopped red or green apples, and even some crumbled sage or maple-flavored ground sausage.
How to Make Slow Cooker Stuffing
- Saute onion, celery, poultry seasoning, pepper, and salt in a skillet until tender. Cool completely.
- Place dried bread cubes in a greased slow cooker and add onion mixture, broth, and eggs. Let the mixture rest about 5 minutes so the bread can be coated with the mixture.
- Cover and cook (as per the recipe below).
On the Stove Top:
Follow the recipe directions below, except cook covered on medium-low heat until cooked through. Stir very gently to combine, then fluff with a fork before serving. You can also bake stuffing in the oven in a casserole dish.
Slow cooker stuffing goes with so many different entrees because it can be seasoned in a way that complements the meat. Serve it straight from the Crockpot at a holiday party or potluck alongside chicken thighs, meatloaf, or oven baked pork chops. Round out the meal with a crispy green salad, some Crockpot carrots and finish up with individual apple hand pies.
Tips & Tricks
Easy slow cooker stuffing can be made ahead and frozen up to 8 weeks in advance which makes it perfect for busy holiday cooking! Keep leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 5 days, fluff, and reheat on the stovetop.
Super Stuffing Ideas!
- Cranberry Stuffing Muffins – a quick and easy stuffing recipe
- Stuffing Waffles – perfect way to use up leftovers
- Crockpot Chicken and Stuffing – turn it into an entree!
- Crockpot Meatloaf – use stuffing as a binder
Slow Cooker Stuffing
- 1 cup butter
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
- 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning store bought or homemade
- 1 large onion diced
- 4 ribs celery chopped
- 10 cups cubed and dried bread any variety
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- Melt butter in a large skillet and stir in onion, celery, poultry seasoning, black pepper and ½ teaspoon salt. Cook just until tender, about 5 minutes and then cool completely.
- Place the dried bread cubes in a greased 6 quart slow cooker. Add cooled onion mixture, parsley, 2 cups of the chicken broth and eggs. Rest 5 minutes.
- Add more chicken broth as needed to moisten and gently stir. You may not need all of the broth (see note below).
- Turn the slow cooker onto high for 30 minutes. Reduce temperature to low and cook an additional 3-4 hours or until hot and cooked through.
- If using store bought, dried bread cubes, extra broth may be necessary.
- Add the broth a bit at a time. Depending on the variety of bread, not all of the broth may be needed.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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Recipe Adapted from Spend With Pennies Slow Cooker Stuffing.
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Recipe lightly adapted from Spend With Pennies Crock Pot Stuffing.
why do we add eggs to stuffing?
The eggs help bind the stuffing. It can be left out if you prefer.