Easy Crock-Pot Stuffing

What could be better than a super easy, moist and flavorful Crock-Pot (affiliate link) stuffing for the big Thanksgiving meal?!

Stuffing or dressing: that is a big debate in many homes around Thanksgiving. There are so many different flavors, spices, bread choices and various additions one can add to this classic dish. Personally, I like to keep it traditional with a host of herbal flavors including sage, rosemary and thyme. This year, I’ve made it even easier with the use of my Crock-Pot (affiliate link), which helps to free up some of my oven space! If you’ve seen my kitchen, you know that there is precious little room in my oven for the multitude of dishes that need their turn in the heat.

Crock-Pot stuffing in white bowl on a black table set with water glass, extra plates, pumpkins and vibrant flowers

What I truly love about this stuffing recipe is that with a small amount of prep, everything gets thrown into the slow cooker and you can entirely forget about it. Okay, may not completely forget about it, but at least put it out of your mind for a few hours while the Thanksgiving craziness ensues. There are other dishes to worry about, friends and family to enjoy and some delicious wine to enjoy, so it’s a welcome relief to have this one on autopilot.

After a few hours, take off that slow cooker lid, envelope your sense of smell with those scents of warm stuffing and you’ll be ready for your meal to begin!

Since I’m not putting this in the bird, this would technically be considered a dressing. But, if you’re in favor of doing so, this recipe can also be used as great stuffing inside your Thanksgiving turkey. I’ve never been a fan of a stuffing inside the turkey, but if you’re comfortable with it, rock it!

Before too many guests arrive, just stow that slow cooker away – no one needs to know you’re secret! They’ll just assume this delicious dish was so much more labor intensive and you’ll be the Thanksgiving hero!

Watch how to make this easy Crock-Pot stuffing:

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Crock-pot stuffing in large white bowl on black surface

Easy Crock-Pot Stuffing

  • Author: Kaleb Wyse
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Stuffing at Thanksgiving should be set it and forget it! With this super easy Crock-Pot stuffing, you can achieve just that!


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Ingredients

  • 10 cups bread, 1-inch cubes (I use 1 challah loaf and 1 French loaf)
  • 1 1/22 quarts turkey/chicken/vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced sage (1 tablespoon dry)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced thyme (1/2 tablespoon dry)
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh minced rosemary (2 teaspoons dry)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups celery, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped and whole pecans (1/2 and 1/2)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Place bread cubes on two large sheet pans and put in the oven to dry. Drying works the best in the oven as opposed to leaving the bread to “stale” overnight as the oven dries much more evenly. Let dry for approximately one hour, switching racks halfway through. Once cooled on the counter, the bread cubes should feel very dry and brittle.
  2. Melt butter in large skillet. Add chopped onion and celery. Sauté over medium heat until onions are translucent and slightly tender.
  3. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about another two minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Place cooled bread in a large bowl and add minced herbs, dried cranberries, pecans, egg (slightly beaten), cooled onion mixture, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and add in enough stock to create a moist dressing. You don’t want the liquid to be sitting at the bottom of the bowl. Let bread soak up liquid and add more if needed.
  5. Pour into a 6-quart slow cooker and set to high. The dressing will take 4-5 hours and become slightly puffed and set around the edges.
  6. Once cooked, spoon into a serving dish and garnish with toasted pecans and a few dried cranberries.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 149
  • Sugar: 6.8g
  • Sodium: 259.8mg
  • Fat: 8.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.6g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Protein: 3.8g
  • Cholesterol: 20.3mg

Keywords: Thanksgiving, side dish, stuffing

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