For most people, Thanksgiving is the one day of the year when it’s acceptable to eat stuffing. It’s made from bread crumbs, which means it’s easy to make, but you still want your stuffing to be moist and delicious. The best way to achieve that result is by cooking it in the oven for about 30 minutes. Here are some tips for making sure your stuffing comes out perfectly every time:
Cook stuffing on the stovetop.
Stovetop stuffing is a quick way to make your holiday dinner complete. You can use a large pot or skillet as your cooking vessel, and you can choose butter, olive oil or other oils to add flavor. Use whatever vegetables and herbs you have on hand–the more variety the better!
Heat up the oven.
Heat up the oven. You’ll know it’s ready when you can see steam coming from around the door.
You can also check if your oven is hot enough by opening it just a crack and looking at the bottom of your baking dish or pan–if it’s too hot for your hand, then it’s time to take out those stuffing cubes and get cooking!
Put a rack in the center of the oven.
- Put a rack in the center of the oven.
- Place the pan on top of it, and then put whatever else you’re baking in there too (if you’re making multiple dishes). This will help keep your stuffing from burning or drying out as it cooks. If you don’t have an oven rack, try using a baking sheet instead–it’ll work just fine!
Spread stuffing evenly in a baking pan.
- The first thing you want to do is make sure that the stuffing isn’t too crowded in the baking pan. It should be spread out evenly, with no big clumps or gaps. If your recipe calls for a shallow baking dish, don’t use a deeper one!
- If you’re using an oven-safe skillet or Dutch oven (or any other deep-dish container), it’s important that the depth of each layer doesn’t exceed 1/2 inch (1 cm). This will ensure that all sides get browned evenly while they cook through before being taken out of the oven–and it also helps prevent overcooking at high temperature settings like 425 F / 220 C / Gas Mark 7+.
Bake for 30 minutes at 350F.
Now that you know how long to cook stuffing in the oven, let’s talk about how to do it.
- Bake for 30 minutes at 350F. Bake your stuffing on a rack in a shallow baking dish, covered with aluminum foil or an oven-safe lid or dish towel (in case it bubbles over).
- If your oven doesn’t have an automatic temperature setting, adjust yours so that it reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit before putting anything in there! And make sure nothing else is cooking at the same time–if something else is already hot enough to burn off its coating from being too close around these flames then why would we want our delicious foodstuffs subjected to those same conditions?
Your stuffing will be done when it smells great, looks golden brown and feels firm to the touch.
You’ll know it’s done when it smells great, looks golden brown and feels firm to the touch. If you use a meat thermometer, it will be too late!
Instead of using a meat thermometer or any other kind of fancy gadget, use your nose to test for doneness: if it smells like Thanksgiving dinner in your oven then it’s probably ready!
Now that you know how long to cook stuffing in the oven, you can make this holiday classic for your family and friends. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!