Perfect Turkey Dressing

This is truly the perfect turkey dressing. It has a small number of ingredients, but is richly flavored with onions, nuts, and butter (which good stuffing always requires). Plus and this is one of the highlights, it is easy to put together – minimal chopping. I don’t know about you, but rich turkey dressing with lots of gravy is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving Dinner. 


  • 2 cubes butter (not margarine)
  • 1 cup onion, very finely diced
  • ½ cup nuts (my preference is pine nuts, but you can use pecans or walnuts, which must be chopped)
  • 6 to 8 cups bread crumbs (my preference is cornbread crumbs, but regular bread crumbs will also work  –  or you can make your own fresh bread crumbs)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, very finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste
  • ½ cup green onions, minced
  • ½ cup fresh parsley (no stems), very finely chopped


  1. Place butter in a large, heavy skillet (cast iron is good) – over medium heat.
  2. When the butter is melted add the onion and sauté, stirring constantly until softened (~5 minutes).
  3. Add nuts and continue cooking, stirring constantly until nuts are lightly browned (~3 minutes)
  4. Add the bread crumbs and herbs – toss to mix and reduce the heat to low.
  5. Add salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste.
  6. Stir in the chopped green onions.
  7. Toss again to be sure all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  8. Taste again and adjust seasonings – then, stir in the parsley.
  9. Remove from the heat.

Note: You can prepare the stuffing in advance to this point and refrigerate (well-covered) for up to one day before stuffing the turkey.

     10. When ready, stuff the turkey in your usual manner; or, if you prefer, bake in a glass casserole dish during the last 45 minutes of roasting the turkey.


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