Old Fashioned Bread Stuffing


3-4 loaves of white bread (or 5 if you like leftovers)
chicken broth
insides of the turkey
2 bunches of celery
1 or 2 onions
2 TBSP butter
1/2 tsp. sage
oysters (optional)
mushrooms (option)

The night before you want to eat the stuffing, break the bread into
small pieces (about 1 inch squares) into 2 huge bowls or pots. Let
the bread sit overnight to dry out.
The next day, after you remove the insides of turkey, boil them in
water in 2/3 qt. sauce pan until cooked (about 20/30 minutes).
Remove insides for later use or discard. Keep water and put aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Chop onion and celery and place into food processor until minced.
Melt 2-3 tablespoons of butter in large saucepan.
Saute onion and celery until heated through. Do not brown! (Saute
mushrooms also at this time if wanted). Depending on how much
stuffing you want and how much celery and onion you've chopped, you
may have to saute the onion and celery in two parts.
Once cooked, pour the onion/celery mixture directly over the dried
out bread.
Pour 1/2 tsp. sage over bread/onion/celery mixture.
Then take your reserved water and pour slowly over bread. The bread
will shrink as you do this. Be careful not to pour too much water in.

Mixture thoroughly and smell/taste for perfect stuffing.
If you need more liquid, open a can of chicken broth and pour over
bread. If you need more spice, add more sage.
If you are using oysters, add them now.
Once stuffing is of a consistency that it will stick together and
does not look too dry, do not add more liquid.
Either stuff in turkey to be baked in oven, or put in 9 x 13 pan.
If using oysters, it is recommended that you bake the stuffing in a
pan so as to ensure the oysters will be cooked through.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to an hour. You want the
stuffing to have a nice brown crust on top.
P.S. If you are cooking the stuffing in a pan and not inside the
turkey, try stuffing the turkey with small apples. It smells
wonderful and the apples have a great flavor when you take them out.