Master Mix: Stove Top Stuffing From Leftover Bread

Master Mix: Stove Top Stuffing Mix From Leftover Bread

This recipe is very close to the commercial brand in taste. I like that you can control the seasonings as well as the cost. You can store in the freezer for up to a year, or on the pantry shelf for up to four months. 

I often run across loaves of bread marked down at my local grocery store because its expiration date is within the next day or so. 
 I try to grab a loaf or two and make my own stove top stuffing with it.  I also collect  and store in the freezer the heals of the bread my family doesn't like to eat as well as any scraps of left over cornbread, garlic bread etc.  When I've collected enough bread scraps or I run across a clearance loaf of bread I make this mix.  

Jan's Tip: A 0.5 oz. jar of dried celery flakes from the seasoning aisle measures to a 1/2 cup. So one jar will make a double batch.  OR: Leave out the celery and saute some fresh celery the day you cook the stuffing and add to the cooked stuffing prior to serving.

Stove Top Stuffing Mix:
1 loaf of bread usually makes a double batch

6 cups of cubed bread
1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
3 Tablespoons chicken bouillon powder
1/2 cup dried minced onion
1/4 cup dried minced celery. 
1 teaspoon thyme and pepper
1/2 teaspoon sage

To Make Master Mix:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake bread till golden brown. (approximately 15 minutes or so)

While bread is baking, mix the remaining ingredients together in a small bowl.

When bread cubes are golden brown and toasted, remove from oven and let cool.
Pour bread cubes in a large mixing bowl, and stir in seasoning mixture till well combined.

Store in an airtight container in pantry for up to 4 months or in a ziplock freezer bag in the  freezer for up to a year.

Uses for stale bread
Print the cooking instructions  below and attach to storage container:
To Cook Stuffing :
In microwave safe bowl, add 2 cups stuffing mix.  Stir in 1/2 cup water and 2 Tablespoons of butter or margarine. Stir to mix.  Microwave for 2-3 minutes.  Fluff with
a fork. Serve.
Uses for Left over stale bread
Uses for left over bread


  1. I love stuffing and hate buying the mix!This is great! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This looks so good. Thank you for sharing on the Hop.

  3. That's great! I will have to try this! I am trying to cut out as much processed food as possible. Thanks so much for sharing. I am a new follower and look forward to seeing more great tips! I would love your to stop by my blog and tell me what you think :)

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  4. I love Stove Top stuffing. I've tried homemade stuffings but I never like the way they taste. I'm so glad you blogged about this one. Hopefully it was taste more like Stove Top.

  5. Sounds delish, I love stove top best. besides my mothers who always made the best stuffing. andi thewednesdaybaker.blogspot.com

  6. Super yummy and oh so easy! Pinning and posting to the wall of my fb page! Thank you so much for sharing on Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways:)

  7. Your master mixes continue to AMAZE me!! You are a life saver!!!! :)


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