Here’s a how-to guide to making stuffing in a CrockPot! This slow cooker recipe for everyone’s favorite holiday side dish is perfect for Thanksgiving! Do you call it stuffing or dressing? I have always called it stuffing, but recently, I have seen it called a dressing for Thanksgiving
Crockpot Stuffing Recipe
This recipe is so easy to make! The hardest part is cutting up all the bread and slicing the celery and onions. Outside of that, the Crock Pot does all the work.
When I made this recipe, I thought it would take a lot more bread than it does. I went out and bought four loaves of bread and started cutting up the bread.
After the first loaf, I realized the Crock Pot was full.
We ended up with tons of sandwiches for lunch after making this recipe. John laughed and asked if I planned to feed an entire army with my four loaves of bread.
I don't know why, but I thought it would take more bread than one loaf. Oops.
I made this with all white bread since that is what John and our neighbor requested. When I make it again, I will mix a few different types of bread to add flavor to the stuffing.
We love making this CrockPot Dressing with a mix of white, sourdough, and wheat bread. The multiple flavors add a great combination of colors to the dressing and flavors.
If you love slow cooker crockpot recipes and are looking for time savings and making life easier on Thanksgiving, check out this list of Thanksgiving Crock Pot Recipes!
I love using the CrockPot to make a crazy day a lot easier! You can save oven space and know that your stuffing is being handled and will be amazing!
The slow cooker makes making this classic Thanksgiving dinner side dish easy; it’s our go-to Thanksgiving stuffing recipe.
Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients needed to make an epic Crock Pot Dressing! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
Optional Add-ins: Dried Cranberries, Fresh Rosemary, Fresh Sage, Parsley, Poultry Seasoning, Mushrooms, Sausage, Thyme, Your Favorite Herbs, and Pepper to Taste
- Knife or Kitchen Scissors (to cut bread into pieces)
- Non-Stick Cooking Spray
- Kitchen Spoon/Spatula
- CrockPot: We suggest using a CrockPot with a digital timer that automatically switches the temperature to warm after a set time to ensure your dinner cooks perfectly without stressing about cooking time.
- Serving Dish
How to Make CrockPot Dressing
I've included complete instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, but here's a quick version.
- Combine all ingredients, minus the butter, until well mixed.
- Toss the mixture with butter.
- Cook on low
Preparation and Storage
Make-Ahead: You can make uncooked stuffing beforehand, but freeze it immediately after mixing! According to the USDA, raw dressing grows bacteria when kept in your refrigerator.
Storage: Store your CrockPot Dressing in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy it within four days. The USDA also recommends keeping leftovers unrefrigerated for no more than two hours.
Freezing/How to Freeze: Keep leftover portions in an airtight, freezer-safe container or Ziploc bag and enjoy them within three months.
How to Reheat: The USDA doesn’t recommend your Crock Pot Stuffing leftovers in the slow cooker. Instead, reheat leftovers using your microwave or stove, depending on how many people you serve. You may need to add some broth to moisten it before reheating.
Substitutions: We use a mix of wheat, white, French bread, and sometimes sourdough bread, depending on what we have. The best bread is what you have available.
Vegetarian Option: Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth to make this Crock Pot Stuffing recipe vegetarian.
Vegan Option: Vegans should use plant-based bread and butter to make this classic Thanksgiving recipe vegan.
Gluten-Free: Gluten-free eaters should use gluten-free bread to make this recipe gluten-free.
Smaller Serving Size + Larger Group/More Servings: This recipe makes 12 servings. Scale it up or down to your desired yield, keeping in mind that you may need to work in batches if you scale up.
Make It Spicy: Add red pepper flakes for stuffing with a kick.
Sugar-Free: The written recipe contains 3 grams of sugar per serving. The amount of sugar depends on the bread you use, so check the label before you buy.
Tips for the Best CrockPot Dressing
- If you have a large bowl, mix everything in there before pouring it into the CrockPot. Just wait to pour the butter until everything is in the slow cooker.
- If you want to dry the bread pieces ahead of time you can spread them on a baking sheet and let them sit out for a day or heat them in the oven.
What to Serve with CrockPot Dressing
No holiday dinner featuring turkey as the star protein is complete without dressing (or stuffing, depending on how you call it)! Here are some menu planning suggestions for your next Thanksgiving, Christmas, or holiday meal.
Main Dishes: CrockPot Turkey Crock Pot Bourbon Maple Pork Loin, Crock Pot Guinness Corned Beef & Cabbage, Crock Pot Chicken & Stuffing, Crock Pot Orange Glazed Ham, Crock Pot Coke Glazed Ham, Bourbon Baked Ham
Desserts: Eggnog Cookies, 4 Ingredient Christmas Crack, Easy Holiday Reindeer Chow, Church Window Cookies, No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dip, Easy Eggnog Cake with Eggnog Glaze, Ambrosia Salad, Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball, Cranberry Fluff Salad
When to Serve
- Thanksgiving meal
- Any Holiday Dinner!
Great Slow Cooker Holiday Recipes
Crock Pot Stuffing Recipe
- Combine all ingredients minus the butter until well mixed
- Toss with butter
- Cook on low for 4-5 hours
- Slow cooker
- Vegetable Chopper
Recipe originally shared on September 7, 2015. Updated October 2020, November 2022