What’s a Thanksgiving meal without a simple herb sourdough dressing?
My whole life I grew up with my mom’s delicious homemade stuffing [stuffed and cooked inside the turkey cavity] and it’s one of many favorite things she makes on Thanksgiving.
My mother-in-law makes Stove Top and I’m not kidding you, it’s equally delicious. I may cook mostly from scratch, but to me that stuff is freaking good. Both my mother-in-law and my mom, stuff their turkeys. But my MIL will also bake some in a casserole dish, which is something I’ve grown to love as well. I blame those crispy tops and edges. I’m a total sucker for all the crispy edges in life. Like the corner piece of pizza, brownies and casseroles — you name it.
Inspired by the topping of this recipe, I took my love for homemade stuffing and my now-not-so-secret love for Stove Top stuffing and morphed them into this herb sourdough dressing.
TO Make this Herb Sourdough Dressing You Will Need:
- a loaf of day old sourdough bread
- a medium onion
- fresh parsley
- chicken broth
- kosher salt
- freshly ground pepper
Tear the loaf of sourdough into bite-size pieces and place them onto a metal, rimmed baking sheet. Slide onto the middle rack of your preheated 200° oven for 1 hour or until the bread is “stale”.
Meanwhile, add 1-1/2 cups diced yellow onion and 3/4 cup sliced celery into a skillet with a stick of melted butter. Sprinkle with a pinch or two of kosher salt and cook on medium heat until tender and the edges of the onion start to turn golden brown. About 20 to 25 minutes.
Next, add in the minced clove of garlic, stir and cook for a minute.
Remove the skillet off of the heat and stir in 1/3 cup finely chopped parsley, 1 tablespoon each minced rosemary and sage, and 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme. Allow it to cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
Add the onion and herb mixture into a large bowl with the bread pieces before pouring in 1 cup of low-sodium chicken broth.
Then beat the two large eggs, 1-1/2 teaspoons of kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper with the last cup of broth and pour it over top as well.
Toss gently to combine. If the dressing seems to be dry in spots, splash in more broth.
In a greased [buttered] casserole dish (8×8 or 8×11 or 9×13), spread the herb sourdough dressing evenly and bake in your preheated 350° oven for 40 to 45 minutes.
Or until the dressing is set and the top [and more importantly the edges] are golden brown and crispy.
Smells so good.
And tastes even better!
This dressing has texture, herbs galore and yet it’s simple and classic in its own way. Perfect for a smaller crowd, but this recipes can easily be doubled.
Apparently I need to step up my stuffing or dressing game, because this is 1 of 2 recipes I have on here. If you like bacon, check this stuffing recipe out.
Enjoy! And if you give this Herb Sourdough Dressing recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
Simple Herb Sourdough Dressing
- 1 loaf sourdough bread, around 16 to 18 ounces, torn into bite-size pieces
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1½ cups diced yellow onion
- 3/4 cup sliced celery
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1 heaping tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
- 1 heaping tablespoon minced fresh sage leaves
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
- 2 to 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 large eggs
- 1¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat your oven to 200° and butter a casserole dish (8x8, 8x11 or 9x13).
- Tear the sourdough bread into bite-size pieces and place on a rimmed metal sheet pan and bake for 40 to 60 minutes or until dried out and "stale". Let cool before placing in a large mixing bowl.
- Meanwhile, melt the stick of butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium to medium high heat. Add in the onions and celery, cooking until the softened and the edges of the onions are golden. Add in the clove of minced garlic and cook 1 minute. Then remove the pan off of the heat and stir in the parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme.
- Increase your oven temperature to 350°.
- Add the onion/herb mixture to the bowl with the bread. Pour in 1 cup of low-sodium chicken broth.
- Beat the remaining cup of broth with the eggs, salt and pepper. Pour it over top of the stuffing and gently toss to combine. If you notice any dry spots, splash in more broth.
- Transfer the herb sourdough stuffing to the prepared dish and spread it evenly. Bake on the middle rack of your preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until set and the tops and edges are crispy and golden brown. Serve immediately.
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Can this be made and still delicious without the eggs? What would you sub in for the eggs? My brother is highly allergic to eggs so I am always on the lookout for a work around.
Web MD says 1/4 cup applesauce is a common substitute for one egg in a baking recipe. Other substitutes suggested are 1/4 cup yogurt, another is 1 tsp baking soda with 1 TBSP vinegar, or half a ripened mashed banana. Hope this helps.
Hi! Wanting to make this for our small Thanksgiving this week. If I make ahead, would I go through step 5 before refrigerating, then complete the steps and bake as directed with an increased baking time when ready to bake?
Or what do you recommend? Thanks!
Hi Carly! Great question. I would make it through step 6 and then cover and refrigerate. I would expect that it may take a little longer to bake the next day. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
Where I live, sour dough loaf sizes vary a lot. I’m wondering how many grams of bread to aim for?
Just realized you have it listed in ounces! Nevermind 🙂
No worries! Enjoy!
Is there a variation of this I can stuff into a bird?
I made this and it was incredible. I added 7 chopped baby bella mushrooms that I sauteed with the onions and celery in the butter. Delicious! I cut my bread into 1/2″ cubes as that is my preference 🙂
Oh my God, this is so stunning.
Seriously, just as it is, the ingredients sing for themselves and don’t need to be tricked out with spices. As much as I love Stovetop (seriously, I’ll microwave that stuff and just eat it out of the bowl), I wanted to make something a little more sophisticated for my family. This is such an amazing recipe. I really recommend using low-quality sourdough for this; I used some terrible Walmart brand and it came out ten times better than the other batch I made using sourdough from a bakery.