A basic stuffing contains breadcrumbs, onion that is finely chopped, a herb like sage plus salt and pepper. Then to bind the basic stuffing together butter and egg are used. That is it for the most basic and easy stuffing you can make. However, there really is both an art and science to making a good stuffing for a turkey or a chicken. A good homemade stuffing using fresh herbs and special dry bread (cubed bread) can really bring flavor to your stuffed turkey.
Make sure you have enough gravy per person also - see the exact amounts here.
Here is my basic recipe a make in a large bowl for a small turkey or large roast chicken for that family sunday night roast.
Combine breadcrumbs, onion, sage, butter, and egg in a large bowl and mix well by hand. Season with salt and pepper to taste. That's is it - a really easy basic stuffing recipe with a basic bread mixture.
Sometimes, you might not know exactly how many people you need to feed. Your family members or friends, or your kids' soccer team. Whatever the case may be, it's important to make sure that if they are a bit more hungry than the average family then a great way to make the turkey roast go further is to bake and make some extra stuffing.
This extra stuffing can be made in a casserole dish in the oven. You can also use a crock pot (crock pot stuffing is really delicious) slow cooker or at a pinch wrap it in a baking sheet of aluminum foil and put it in the oven and bake at roasting temperature.
So if you want to increase the stuffing per person because you think your large group is extra hungry I would use a ratio of 1 cup of stuffing per person for hungry people.
The great thing about it is that leftover stuffing if wrapped in an airtight container can be kept in the fridge for 3-4 days or frozen for 3 months.
If you have too much cornbread and food - just budget of 1/4 cup of stuffing per person for light eaters - or if you have a frozen turkey and can not pre stuff it - wrap it in aluminum foil and cook the stuffing separately.
If it is still left over - cooking it with crisp french bread and cheese makes a great breakfast casserole of stuffing.
You can add more flavor to your stuffing by adding items like sausage, mushrooms, and celery. Surprisingly, oatmeal can also be a great addition!
Here is what I do when I do not have enough stuffing to go around. I take the recipe beyond the basic, classic recipe that includes dried bread cubes, onion, celery, poultry seasoning, salt, butter, and chicken broth and turn it into a sausage stuffing delight or add a southern cornbread dressing to the mix for that extra flavor that will wow my big group. With stuffing, there are so many ways you can enhance the flavor and even texture. Italian bread tends to have a more chewy texture - try that -or replacing the chicken stock with a homemade dressing recipe can really add zing.
Now lets examine a few different ways to make stuffing go further.
Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe for Large Crowd of 30 people
This is also the same as how much stuffing do I need for a 23 lb turkey? - You will need stuffing for 14 people. - You can check the chart above also if you have slightly more or less people for your family reunion at thanksgiving - by for 14 people you will need 7 cups of stuffing or 3.5 boxes of store-bought stuffing.