This whole wheat Sage and Onion Stuffing Recipe is a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. A simple whole-wheat bread base is combined with the tender bits of onion, and fresh sage, along with a perfect blend of herbs and chicken broth to build a moist and flavorful stuffing.
Serve this alongside our perfect Thanksgiving Turkey with a side of sweet potato casserole, cranberry and apple chutney, cornbread muffins, brussel sprouts, and of course you can’t forget about pumpkin pie for the perfect Thanksgiving spread!
Sage and Onion Stuffing Recipe
Did you grow up with stuffing served at your holiday meals? I know I sure did, and I was determined to make a healthier version to share with my family. This herb laden whole wheat bread stuffing recipe is a perfect option for your Thanksgiving table. I love using fresh herbs to brighten the flavor. Using chicken broth gives the moisture without the excess fat. It’s just so yummy! I could eat it as my entire meal!
If you want to round out your Thanksgiving meal, make sure to include the rest of my holiday favorites below:
- Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread
- Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Homemade Cream Corn Recipe
- Honey Candied Carrots Recipe
- Fresh Green Bean Casserole with Potatoes
Do I have to Use Fresh Herbs in the Stuffing Recipe?
While using fresh herbs is not mandatory for a delicious stuffing, it really does make a big difference. Dried herbs can often taste woody or grassy when used in bulk in recipes. For this, you need a strong flavor, so dried herbs would need to be in larger quantities, which might not give the flavor you prefer. Sage, especially, can be too strong when used as a dry herb in a recipe.
For the best possible result, I highly recommend investing in the fresh herbs for this sage and onion stuffing recipe.
Can This Be Stuffed Into a Turkey?
If you like to stuff your turkey, this is a great stuffing recipe to go inside your Thanksgiving Turkey this year. As always, follow the best safety guidelines. I like to refer to the USDA turkey guidelines for this recipe and any holiday cooking. It’s always better to be safe than sorry later.
If you do decide to stuff your turkey with this recipe, then make sure you leave at least a few portions out to bake in a traditional casserole for those who prefer the stuffing made separately. Personally, I prefer to stuff my turkey with some fresh herbs, onion, and lemons, and leave the stuffing on the outside.
Is This Sage and Onion Stuffing Vegan?
As listed, this is not a vegan recipe. However, it is very easy to adjust by using a vegan margarine or butter substitute in place of the butter listed. You will also need to replace the egg as a binder. A 1 or egg substitute is both easy to come by and work great in this recipe as a binder.
Most whole wheat bread recipes are vegan, but you will want to double-check before making if preparing for someone vegan in your family. All other ingredients are naturally vegan, so it is very simple to update this.
If you are serving some vegan recipes at your holiday dinner, make sure they are well-labeled so your guests who prefer to eat plant-based can easily recognize them.
Ingredients For Homemade Stuffing
- Whole wheat bread
- Garlic powder
- Black pepper
- Vegetable broth
How to this Make Easy Stuffing Recipe
Preheat the oven to 250°F. Lay the bread out between 2 baking sheets and bake to dry out about 30-40 minutes.
When cool, stack the slices and cut them into 1-inch cubes.
Increase the oven temperature to 350°F and spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, and set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the butter, onions, and celery, cooking until they soften 8-10 minutes. Add the herbs and cook an additional 2 minutes.
Working in batches or split between two large bowls, combine the bread cubes, vegetable mixture, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the egg, egg white, and broth. Add this mixture to the bread cube mixture and toss together gently with tongs to moisten all of the bread.
Transfer to the prepared baking dish and cover with foil. Bake until brown on top and set in the center, 40-45 minutes.
Can stuffing be made ahead of time?
Stuffing is a great side dish to make ahead of time! Simply prepare as directed in the recipe card below, cover tightly and refrigerate up to 48 hours.
When you are ready, remove from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes to baking so that the stuffing comes to room temperature. Prepare as directed in the recipe card!
How to Freeze Stuffing
Should you be lucky enough to have any leftover stuffing, you can store in the refrigerator in an air tight container for 3-5 days. However, if you would like to freeze stuffing, cover it tightly and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To reheat frozen stuffing simply pop it in the oven at 350° for 20-30 minutes. You’ll want to add a little chicken broth and give it a stir once thawed so that it keeps the stuffing from drying out.
Easy Whole Wheat Sage and Onion Stuffing Recipe
- Casserole dish
- Baking sheet
- 1 lb whole wheat bread
- 2 tbsp butter unsalted
- 1 onion diced
- 2 cups celery diced
- 2 tbsp parsley minced
- 1 tbsp rosemary fresh minced
- 1 tbsp sage fresh minced
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white
- 2.5 cups vegetable broth low sodium
- Preheat the oven to 250°F. Lay the bread out between 2 baking sheets and bake to dry out, about 30-40 minutes.
- When cool, stack the slices and cut them into 1-inch cubes.
- Increase the oven temperature to 350°F and spray a 13x9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, and set aside.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the butter, onions, and celery, cooking until they soften 8-10 minutes. Add the herbs and cook an additional 2 minutes
- Working in batches or split between two large bowls, combine the bread cubes, vegetable mixture, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the egg, egg white, and broth. Add this mixture to the bread cube mixture and toss together gently with tongs to moisten all of the bread.
- Transfer to the prepared baking dish and cover with foil. Bake until brown on top and set in the center, 40-45 minutes.