Slow Cooker Classic Bread Stuffing

Easy and flavorful slow cooker classic bread stuffing. An essential Thanksgiving dish that saves valuable oven space!

Slow cooker classic bread stuffing recipe from @bakedbyrachel. A great way to save valuable oven space!

Sadly, our warm streak came to an end this weekend. The weather had been really gorgeous and well above average for this time of the year. I really can’t complain since it was a nice treat. And somehow we’ve been lucky enough to not get any rain since I made the leaf pile last week. In fact, we’ve had days of playing in it. We’ll see how long it lasts. And… the longer it lasts, the bigger it’ll become, what with the oak trees dropping their leaves at an incredible pace. I swear they’re the last to lose them and when they do, it’s nearly all at once.

Also, I remembered the other day that I never dug up and transferred any of my Spring bulbs. Oops! I wanted to move them around to better locations for next year. It would’ve made sense to have done that during the warmer weather last week. At this point who knows if I’ll even get around to digging them up. I’m not a fan of the cold so, I’d rather not be digging in the cold dirt either. I really need to pass off my gardening dreams to someone else that can do them and do them well. That clearly isn’t me… especially after how my mini herb garden went this year. It grew, but slowly. The chipmunks got more use out of it than I did!

Slow cooker classic bread stuffing recipe from @bakedbyrachel. A great way to save valuable oven space!

I’m ridiculously excited for Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite holidays of the year.

Food. So much yummy food! Okay… family and laughs too. But… food! A holiday revolving around food is a holiday to love.

I’m also a huge fan of making big dinners easier. Slow cooker to the rescue!

Not only do slow cookers save valuable oven space, they can serve a wide range of guests… just a few, to a whole crowd!

I’ve already shared a super easy slow cooker mashed potato recipe, so it should’ve been no surprise that I’d planned a slow cooker classic bread stuffing recipe. Okay… stuffing, dressing… whatever you call it, it’s delicious! I think we can all agree on that. Right?

A huge problem with literally stuffing the turkey is it increases the cook time and thus will likely dry out the meat. Big bummer. Also, it’s then not suitable for vegetarians.

Slow cooker classic bread stuffing recipe from @bakedbyrachel. A great way to save valuable oven space!

I love bird stuffing because it’s moist and flavorful but on the other hand, I love casserole baked stuffing because it gets nice and crispy. I always take a little bit of each.

This easy slow cooker bread stuffing recipe gives the best results to suit every taste preference and dietary choice! Make this vegetarian by using vegetable broth. Like it crispy? The outside edge is perfect for you! Like it soft and moist, stick to the center.

Save valuable oven space this Thanksgiving, use your slow cooker and whip up this easy classic bread stuffing! A crowd pleasing dish.

Slow cooker classic bread stuffing recipe from @bakedbyrachel. A great way to save valuable oven space!

Slow Cooker Classic Bread Stuffing

Easy and flavorful slow cooker classic bread stuffing. An essential Thanksgiving dish that saves valuable oven space!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow cooker, Stuffing, Thanksgiving
Servings: 10 plus


  • 2 : 15oz loaves roughly 14 cups dry bread cubes
  • 3/4 C unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 C yellow onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 C celery chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp gound black pepper
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 C chicken broth


  • Preheat oven to 300°F. Slice bread into 1/2-inch cubes and arrange in a single layer on several rimmed baking sheets. Bake for 15-30 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes, until bread is completely dry and crisp. The time will vary depending on how fresh your bread is. Divide cubed bread between two large bowls. 
  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and celery, cooking until vegetables are tender and onions are translucent. Sprinkle with seasonings, stirring to coat evenly. Divide mixture between the two large bowls of bread cubes. 
  • Whisk together eggs and chicken broth. Pour over bread cubes, tossing to coat well. 
  • Transfer mixture to the bowl of a 6-quart slow cooker. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8. 
  • Serve from slow cooker or transfer to a serving bowl. 


Servers roughly 10-12.
*Can be made vegetarian by substituting vegetable broth.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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22 Responses to “Slow Cooker Classic Bread Stuffing”

  1. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — November 9, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Love the idea of cooking the stuffing in the slow cooker to free up oven space! Our warm weather is gone now too. It’s now dipped down and I kind of hope it stays that way since November should be cold and not 80 degrees ;) haha

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      Rachel — November 10, 2015 at 7:57 am

      Definitely not okay with 80 in November but our low 70s was enjoyable! It was bound to end eventually, oh well!

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    Taylor@Food Faith Fitness — November 9, 2015 at 7:40 am

    This looks delicious and easy!!

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      Rachel — November 10, 2015 at 7:57 am

      Thanks Taylor!

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass — November 9, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Dear Rachel, I can see that you and I clearly both need a gardener. And love the idea freeing up oven space on the big day. Great recipe. We are traveling this year for Thanksgiving and this would be so easy to tote along in the slow cooker.

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      Rachel — November 10, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Haha I’d totally pass off my gardening plans and dreams to someone else if that were an option. Maybe someday?

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    taylor @ greens & chocolate — November 9, 2015 at 10:35 am

    I SO love that this can be made in the slow cooker! I’ve been looking for a more classic stuffing recipe this year – this looks perfect!

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      Rachel — November 10, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Thanks Taylor!

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    Shashi at RunninSrilankan — November 9, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Glad to hear some places are dry, other than a day or 2, we seem to have had rain and showers for the past 4 weeks! UGH!
    But – onto better things! I am so amazed at this recipe – I am stuffing challenged – but making it in a slow cooker – why, that’s just genius! I think even I could pull this off!

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      Rachel — November 10, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Ugh that’s too much rain. I hope it dries up for you soon!

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    Elaina Newton (@TheRisingSpoon) — November 9, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Yum! I’m getting ready to make some croutons today with 2-days old bread to use as a base for stuffing. I usually fix mine in the oven after the turkey’s done, but your method sounds so easy!

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      Rachel — November 10, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Now you can have it all done at the same time! :)

  7. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — November 9, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I seriously love stuffing! It is one thing on the holiday table that I go back for seconds on…besides dessert that is. LOL! Love that this can be done in a slow cooker saving time and space on the stove!

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      Rachel — November 10, 2015 at 7:58 am

      I agree completely. Stuffing and dessert! :)

  8. #
    Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog — November 9, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Stuffing in the slow cooker is such a great idea – there’s NEVER enough room in the oven!

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      Rachel — November 10, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Thanks Sharon!

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    Des @ Life's Ambrosia — November 9, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    I love this! I am not making Thanksgiving dinner this year, my mom is. She’s looking for something easy but traditional. I think I’ll pass this along to her!

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      Rachel — November 10, 2015 at 7:59 am

      I hope you both enjoy it! :)

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    Jennifer @NourishedSimply — November 10, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I have a new found love for my slow cooker. Just tried mashed potatoes the other day and they turned out great. Can’t to try this.

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      Rachel — November 11, 2015 at 7:31 am

      We have a love for the same things! I hope you enjoy the stuffing :)

  11. #
    Ava — November 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I must have missed something. Why do you divide into two bowls? Does it eventually all go into the crockpot?

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      Rachel — November 29, 2017 at 7:09 am

      If you have one super large bowl, that will be fine. I do not have extra large restaurant sized prep bowls to accommodate that amount of food at once. :)

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