My favorite Stuffing without Meat Recipe

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This is a wonderful stuffing recipe that is adapted from one by James Beard. It is truly delicious! You could reduce on the butter and oil, but I think it's worth it!

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Servings: 8-10


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  • 1 pound butter (4 sticks) or 1/2 pound butter and 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups minced onions
  • 1 cup pine nuts or chopped walnuts
  • 14-16 cups fresh bread crumbs (about 2 24oz loaves of bread. I used on artisan white and one wheat.)
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh sage leaves or 1 Tbsp crumbled dried sage
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 cups halved and sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup minced green onions
  • 1 cup minced Italian parsley leaves (fresh)
  • 1 cup chicken stock (if cooking on the stove, not needed for stuffing cooked in the turkey cavity)


  1. Chop the bread into very small cubes (1/3 inch) or mince in a food processor. Then bake for 5 minutes at 350 to dry.
  2. Melt butter with olive oil (if used) over medium heat in a large, deep dutch oven or casserole. Add the onions and cook until softened, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Add the nuts and mushrooms, stirring, until they begin to brown, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the bread crumbs and sage and toss to mix. Turn down heat to low and add salt, pepper, scallions, and parsley. Turn off heat.
  4. (You may prepare to this point up to one day in advance if stuffing is refrigerated in a sealed container.)
  5. Pack the stuffing in the turkey if you like or put in an ovenproof casserole and bake with turkey for the last 45 minutes. If you do this, stir in the cup of chicken broth to provide moistness.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 374g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 1322  
Calories from Fat 575 43%
Total Fat 65.87g 82%
Saturated Fat 32.27g 129%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Sodium 1864mg 78%
Potassium 696mg 20%
Total Carbs 153.17g 41%
Dietary Fiber 11.2g 37%
Sugars 15.21g 10%
Protein 31.0g 50%
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  • Nancy Miyasaki
    This is exactly how my Mom used to make it. I wouldn't do anything different. Comfort food at its best!
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    • Karen
      Simple, delicious stuffing just like Mom used to make.
      I've cooked/tasted this recipe!


      • ShaleeDP
        January 10, 2013
        That sounds good. I haven't tried yeat but would put on my list to try soon.
        • Debbie Vaughan
          November 22, 2008
          This sounds great for any occasion. I can not wait to try it!!

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