How to Make Turkey Stuffing In Slow Cooker

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plate with stuffing and turkey breast

How to Make Turkey Stuffing

Turkey is not something we only make for the holidays.  We will get an extra turkey breast (or 2) and freeze them and cook the turkey throughout the year.  We have found that you can put it in the slow cooker and it makes a dinner in one dish quick and easy, not a lot of hassle. And when you know how to make turkey stuffing, you can have a full ‘Thanksgiving’ meal whenever you want.  But like I said, turkey is not just for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

My stuffing is no mystery.  I buy a bag of stuffing and follow the directions…sort of.  I modified them to give them more flavor, kicking it up a bit. This is not completely homemade turkey stuffing as I start out with a bag of stuffing, but it’s quick and convenient.

Turkey cookers (that is their official title) will tell you not to stuff/shove your stuffing up the turkey.  The reason being, it might not get cooked and that could make you very sick.  So don’t do it.  Instead put your stuffing around the outside of the turkey. You’ll get more brown crispy stuffing this way too.

bread crumbs with seasonings

How Wet Should The Turkey Stuffing Be?

It should not be soggy.  Everything should be wet, but not like soggy cereal.  This needs to cook and crisp.  It will take forever if it’s soggy.  Best to add a less water while mixing and if unsure, add more in later.

melted butter over bread crumbs and seasoning

Can You Stuff A Turkey With Stuffing?

As noted above, it is not food safe to do this as you could possibly consume undercooked turkey.  Place it on the outside of the turkey and cook it.  It will also give you more crisp stuffing.

What Is the Difference Between Stuffing And Dressing?

Stuffing is stuffed into the turkey and dressing is cooked outside of the turkey.  So this is actually a dressing recipe. However, we call it stuffing as we cook ours with turkey breasts and it gets the flavors of the turkey incorporated as it cooks.

Can I Cook Stuffing Outside The Turkey Without a Slow Cooker?

Definitely.  You can follow our instructions and then cook the stuffing at 350F until it’s crispy.  It may take 40-45 minutes, possibly longer.  Monitor it to your cooked liking.

wet stuffing in slow cooker with turkey breast

Stuffing Tips:

  • Using an entire bag of stuffing, use a 5 quart slow cooker for it to fit with the turkey
  • We suggest an oval slow cooker
  • You can set the slow cooker and allow the stuffing and turkey to cook, no fuss
  • We buy sage stuffing and add a little (not a lot) more sage and onion for flavor
  • Make sure to make gravy!
  • Put gravy in your left over stuffing to keep it most (and delicious!)
plate with stuffing and turkey breast
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Turkey Stuffing Done Easy In Slow Cooker

Imagine the savory aroma of herbs blended into a symphony. Learn how to make turkey stuffing in the slow cooker easily here.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Regina Sober

Ingredients

  • 1 bag seasoned bread crumbs (not box)
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 small chopped onion or 1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon sage (optional)

Instructions

  • In a bowl, add the bag of stuffing.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and allow the stuffing to set for a few minutes. You want the liquid to soften the stuffing.
  • Mix the stuffing. You may find it easier to get in their with your hand and take the stuffing from the bottom and move it to the top.
  • Once mixed, place the stuffing around your turkey (I recommend using a oven bag for your turkey. It keeps the moisture inside and your juices won't evaporate).
  • Cook with the turkey until the turkey is done. Serve and enjoy.

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Notes

Stuffing Tips:

  • Using an entire bag of stuffing, use a 5 quart slow cooker for it to fit with the turkey
  • We suggest an oval slow cooker
  • You can set the slow cooker and allow the stuffing and turkey to cook, no fuss
  • We buy sage stuffing and add a little (not a lot) more sage and onion for flavor
  • Make sure to make gravy!
  • Put gravy in your left over stuffing to keep it most (and delicious!)
Imagine the savory aroma of herbs blended into a symphony. Learn how to make turkey stuffing in the slow cooker easily here.

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