Chef James’ Homemade Stuffing Recipe

James Junk

Our own Chef James Junk shares with us his delicious recipe for homemade stuffing.


  • 1 pound loaf of French baguette bread cut into cubes
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot diced
  • 5 stalked celery, diced
  • ¼ cup of diced cooked breakfast sausage (no casing)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup dried currents
  • 8 oz sliced baby portabella mushrooms
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken or turkey broth
  • 6 sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 4 sprigs thyme, just the leaves, chopped
  • 1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • At least one day in advance, cut the bread into cubes. Arrange on a baking sheet and allow to sit, uncovered, to dry out. Stale, dried out bread works the best!
  • On the day you’re going to make the stuffing, preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the tray of bread in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the bread starts to brown.
  • Meanwhile, melt 5 tablespoons butter in a large, non-stick skillet. Sauté the onion and celery until soft and tender
  • When the bread is toasted, transfer it to a large bowl. Add in the onion and celery mixture, all of the chopped up herbs, 3/4 teaspoon each of salt and black pepper, and 1 large egg, lightly beaten.
  • Add in 3 cups of low-sodium chicken or turkey broth and stir to combine.
  • Spray a large 3-quart casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Transfer the stuffing mixture into the casserole dish.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and bake for 10-20 minutes longer, or until the top of the stuffing starts to brown.
    Serve immediately. Serves 8-10.

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