Grandma's Best Stuffing

Grandma’s Best Stuffing Recipe

If you like cooking your stuffing inside your turkey and want a simple but totally impressive recipe, this one will definitely get you rave reviews. This is the one that my own Grandma used to make and was always my favorite holiday dish growing up.

5 from 2 votes
Grandma's Best Stuffing
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Grandma’s Best Stuffing

Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time4 hrs 5 mins
Total Time4 hrs 40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 334kcal
Author: Kim Maes


  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter or dairy-free butter, divided
  • 2 large onions , chopped
  • 4 ribs celery , chopped
  • ½ pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 2 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt, plus more for the turkey
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for the turkey
  • 12 cups gluten-free unseasoned stuffing cubes*
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 (14-16 pound) whole turkey, cleaned/prepped for stuffing


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • In a large skillet, melt 6 tablespoons butter and sauté the onions, celery, and mushrooms until just tender, about 5 minutes. Add broth, parsley, sage, salt, and poultry seasoning. Mix well. Place stuffing cubes in a large bowl. Add mushroom mixture and raisins and toss to coat. Stir in just enough warm water to reach desired moistness.
  • Loosely stuff the turkey. Place any remaining stuffing in a greased baking dish, then cover with foil and refrigerate until ready to bake. Tie drumsticks together with kitchen string. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a roasting pan. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter and brush skin of turkey generously with it. Season skin with additional salt and pepper.
  • Bake turkey, uncovered, for 3 hours 45 minutes to 4 hours or until thermometer reads 175°F for turkey and 165°F for stuffing. Baste occasionally with pan drippings. Cover turkey loosely with foil if browning too quickly. When finished, cover turkey with foil and let stand 20 minutes before removing stuffing and carving.
  • Bake additional stuffing in pan, covered, for 30-40 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer or until lightly browned.


*I use pre-made gluten-free stuffing cubes, such as Three Bakers, Aleia’s, or Trader Joe’s. If you want to make your own, follow the step in the Slow Cooker Dressing with Apples recipe, omitting the pecans.

Nutrition facts are calculated for the stuffing only, not including the turkey.


Nutrition Facts
Grandma’s Best Stuffing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 334 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 622mg26%
Potassium 448mg13%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 525IU11%
Vitamin C 5.9mg7%
Calcium 122mg12%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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