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Best Bread Stuffing Recipe

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The best-ever baked bread stuffing with pancetta & prunes! An irresistibly sweet-and-savory Thanksgiving stuffing recipe.
Course Lunch & Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bread stuffing, bread stuffing recipe, homemade bread stuffing, stuffing with pancetta, thanksgiving stuffing recipe
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Servings 12 cups
Calories 260


  • 1 pound day-old bread (or fresh bread, toasted), chopped (455g)
  • ½ cup butter (110g)
  • 8 oz pancetta, diced (225g)
  • cups yellow onion chopped (240g)
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup Sunsweet® Amaz!n™ Prunes, chopped (3oz or 80g)
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped (15g)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth (475mL)
  • 2 eggs, whisked


  • Chop day-old bread into 1-inch pieces, so you have around 10 cups.
  • Option: If using fresh bread, chop and then toast on low heat (225°F or 110°C) for 40 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 Tbsp butter. Add pancetta and sauté until crisp and golden, around 8-10 minutes. Transfer pancetta to a large mixing bowl.
  • In the same skillet, melt remaining butter. Add onions, celery, and garlic. Sauté until tender, around 8-10 minutes.
  • Stir in chopped prunes and fresh herbs, cooking for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Transfer mixture to bowl with pancetta. Add chopped bread, salt, and pepper, tossing to coat.
  • Add broth to moisten. Whisk eggs, then mix into stuffing mixture.
  • Transfer to a greased 13x9-inch casserole dish or glass baking dish.
  • Cover with foil. Bake around 30 minutes, until heated through. Uncover and bake until top is crisp and golden, around 10-15 minutes more.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!
  • To store, cover dish with a lid or foil, or transfer stuffing to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g