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Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe: How to Jazz Up Boxed Stuffing

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Tips for Jazzing Up Boxed Stuffing

Tips for Jazzing Up Boxed Stuffing

Make an Easy, Tasty Stuffing

Do you love stuffing (also called dressing), traditionally eaten during the Thanksgiving holiday? I sure do. I grew up loving my mom’s homemade turkey or chicken dressing. That’s the best stuff ever! But, I have also found or created, if you will, another recipe that works great if you’re in a hurry or just want a different flavor. I make this recipe not only on Thanksgiving but also on numerous other occasions throughout the year. Tips for what to pair this dish with are included below. I hope you enjoy this recipe.

This recipe can be used for numerous other occasions throughout the year.

This recipe can be used for numerous other occasions throughout the year.


  • 1 box of instant stuffing
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • 1/2 of an onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed (optional)
  • 14 oz of chicken broth
  • giblets from turkey or pieces of turkey/chicken, (optional)


  1. Sautee onion, celery, garlic in the one tbsp of butter until softened (about ten minutes). As the butter is used up, add small amounts of the chicken broth as needed.
  2. In the meantime, boil the water and butter and add dry stuffing, as per box directions.
  3. After setting off heat for five minutes (as per package instructions), add sauteed mixture to stuffing, along with the rest of chicken broth. Mixture will be much runnier than a boxed stuffing would be. Also, when I have cooked giblets from a turkey, I cook and chop them up to add. I even use the juice from the turkey and use less water or broth to adjust the stuffing recipe. The juice adds so much flavor to an already very tasty instant stuffing!
  4. Place in casserole dish and place in oven.
  5. Cook at 375 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes until browned on top.
  6. If you prefer a drier dressing, leave out 1/2 cup of the water when making stuffing. I personally like it moist! You can also cook it longer to make it less moist and more crusty.
The delicious "after" photo.

The delicious "after" photo.

This Dish Is Great for Multiple Occasions

For your Easter dinner, try pairing this stuffing with roasted chicken, turkey, or even ham. It goes great as a side dish or as a replacement for bread. Pair with meat any time of the year—or with meatless meals, such as beans. Treat yourself to stuffing and cranberry sauce for a meal reminiscent of Thanksgiving day.

I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with this recipe. It’s extremely tasty and Mom will love it! Who knew it came from a box?

What do you think about this recipe?


Karen Coleman on November 28, 2019:

Way to much liquid. Used 2 boxes of dressing, so doubled chicken stock. Been in oven for almost 2 hrs and still soupy.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 03, 2014:

pstraubie--I'm sure Pepperidge farm is awesome, too! Thanks as always for the angels! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 02, 2014:

Thanks, Peg! Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving, too! I do make this stuffing several times throughout the year!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 30, 2014:

Rebecca, it's a great way to enhance a box of stuffing! :-) Hope your Thanksgiving was a happy one!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 27, 2014:

This reminds me of when my Momma used to make dressing. She put all kinds of goodies in it. I really do not add much to mine as my family just likes the herb seasoned Pepperidge farm without anything but broth and butter. So, that works for me too.

I am pinning this though for those who like to spruce up the dressing

Hoping all is well with you

Angels are on the way ps

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on November 27, 2014:

This is really useful as I just put my Thanksgiving turkey in the oven and I don't put the stuffing inside. I like to cook it externally. This method that takes ready made items and jazzes them up with extra ingredients is timed perfectly and sounds like a great way to enjoy Thanksgiving all year long. Thank you and Happy T Day.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 27, 2014:

Very clever. Looks just like my Grandma's old southern cornbread dressing recipe! Thanks!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 16, 2014:

Hi, peachpurple! I eat dressing/stuffing all year long!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on November 15, 2014:

great idea of pairing. I thought only turkeys are for turkey Thanksgiving

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 10, 2013:

Prithima Sharma--If you eat it once, perhaps you'll like it enough to eat it again! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 10, 2013:

Suzanne Day--I've never even tried making stuffing, but I love making it from the box! Thanks for the vote!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 10, 2013:

Glimmer Twin Fan - That's great! I did notice that this one was really getting a lot of traffic before Thanksgiving!

Prithima Sharma from Delhi, India on December 08, 2013:

oh really superb, looks yummy, wanna eat it once

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on December 07, 2013:

It looks easy to make, I am normally quite bad at making stuffing! Thanks for sharing how to do this. Voted awesome!

Claudia Mitchell on December 07, 2013:

Looks yummy - thought I'd let you know that this popped on the "Popular" pins page at pinterest. Pinned too and shared.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 11, 2011:

Hey, sweet, chan--I'm okay. Good to see you, too. I see your hubs a lot (good for you for all your work, work, work!) and get by them sometimes, too; it's just hard to get to everyone's. I understand that, so no problem. Glad you liked the mashed potatoes. Maybe you'll like the stuffing, too! I love food. And I love your poetry. Will read more soon. Good to see you, girl! :-)

chanroth from California, USA on December 11, 2011:

Hi Victoria how are you? Sorry I haven't been around your hub! Anyway, your hub here got me hungry! I want some right now! I tried your mashed potatoes recipe and they are delicious! Thank you! Your hub are a great resource when it comes to food! haha...lots of love


Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 21, 2011:

Mushrooms! Good idea, frogyfish! I love throwing things together. Makes cooking fun!

frogyfish from Central United States of America on November 21, 2011:

Umm-mm! Your easy recipe sounds similar to what I do. Am always adding something, except my family won't let me add mushrooms, which I otherwise would. :-(

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 15, 2011:

You're welcome, alissa. I love this recipe. I think it's really tasty. Hope your turkey turned out okay!

Alissa Roberts from Normandy, TN on November 15, 2011:

Since I just had my first experience of cooking my 1st turkey last week, I am definitely going to have to try this as a side dish for my next attempt. I am all about easy recipes! Thanks for sharing!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 13, 2011:

Thanks, Susan! I'll certainly check out your haircut hub!

susan54 on November 11, 2011:

Victoria Lynn, Great hub. VOTE UP!! I love your hubs.

come by and check out my first hub about my haircut

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 07, 2011:

Stuffingly awesome! haha--funny, my Lord! It IS good. I made some yesterday, and I've almost eaten it all already. haha. We definitely need a tasteful or tasty button!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 07, 2011:

I think Stove Top is tasty, gryphin, but this does "jazz it up" and makes it taste more homemade, I think. Hope you try it!

Joseph De Cross from New York on November 07, 2011:

Wonderful! Stuffingly awesome recipe! Now I'm hungry geez! 12,28 eastern standard time. Voting this up for excellent..where is the button for tastefull?


gryphin423 from Florida on November 07, 2011:

We always use Stove Top, but this sounds like a great way to jazz it up, thanks for sharing ;-)

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