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Thanksgiving Crock-Pot Stuffing

Layers of seasoned bread, celery, onions, and our favorite stuffing spices in an easy slow cooker recipe. Not only is this recipe delicious-- it also frees up the oven for turkey and pies.

It doesn't matter if you're preparing the food this Thanksgiving or visiting loved ones. You can celebrate, be thankful, and enjoy your best Thanksgiving food yet!

This Thanksgiving crock-pot stuffing is a delicious side dish perfect for the big day.

Crock-Pot Stuffing in a crock-pot ready to eat.
Oh my this is Thanksgiving Crock-Pot Stuffing is flavorful.

Not surprising you might think it's just easier to skip the stuffing this year. However try this recipe just once and you'll never think that again.

This stuffing recipe will become your new Thanksgiving tradition.

Because this classic recipe tastes buttery and is full flavored herbs such as garlic, sage, parsley and more.

And don't forget the savory celery and onion flavors in this stuffing. For these reasons you'll enjoy bite after bite.

Plan on serving this stuffing dish to everyone... to those who are "free from" and those who aren't.

Many think it even tastes better than the regular gluten and dairy stuffing recipes. Pin this recipe now so it's on your Thanksgiving meal list.

the secret step

This recipe has an extra step most stuffing recipes don't. Surprisingly, our secret step is what sets this recipe apart from others.

The secret step to serving the best crock-pot stuffing is: baking the bread cubes brushed with butter, garlic, and other savory herbs prior to placing them in the crock pot.

Generally speaking it's easiest to prepare the baked bread cubes up to a week before Thanksgiving. After all there's already so much to do on Thanksgiving day.

And on the other hand, your future self will thank you for having the bread cubes baked and ready for the crock pot Thanksgiving morning.

prepare bread cubes (croutons)

  1. First the key to this recipe is the butter and spice infused bread cubes. And these aren't like any other dried bread crumbs you've tasted in stuffing before.
  2. You will coat both sides of each gluten and dairy free bread slice with melted dairy free butter and spices. The goal isn't to drown the bread in the butter and spices, instead just apply a quick brushing on each side.
  3. After you've brushed both sides, slice your bread into small cubes. Place on 2-3 mat lined jelly roll pans and bake for 25 minutes.
  4. Then remove the baked bread cubes from the oven and allow to completely cool.
  5. If these won't be immediately used place them in an air tight container for up to a week.
  6. Side note these are perfect on salads or as an on the go snack. They taste delicious on their own.

preparing for the Crock-Pot

  1. After your homemade bread cubes have cooled place them in the crock pot.
  2. Next chop celery and dice onion.
  3. Then combine all bread cubes, celery, onion, safe, salt, and broth in a Crock-Pot. Mix well.
  4. Lastly, pour melted butter over stuffing mixture. Then mix and cook on low for 4 hours.

more Thanksgiving Day recipes

  • smoked turkey and brine-- save room in your oven this Thanksgiving by smoking your turkey. And you won't regret how wonderful and moist it tastes
  • creamy mashed potatoes-- check out our secret ingredient for the best mashed potatoes
  • sweet potato bake-- delicious sweet potato filling with crisp middle layer, and a fluffy marshmallow topping is one big gooey, sweet side dish your Thanksgiving table needs
  • green bean casserole-- this comfort food side dish with homemade creamy mushroom soup, tender green beans, and crispy French fried onions is a classic dish on the big day
  • butter tarts-- originally a Canadian tradition, these buttery tarts with an addictive gooey middle are now a Thanksgiving must for our family
  • pecan pie bars-- buttery, shortbread crust topped with sweet filling and crunchy pecans. Then topped with a creamy whipped topping, these are so good.
  • pumpkin muffins-- a fall must bursting with pumpkin and warm fall spice flavors for the perfect fall treat.
  • classic apple crisp-- tender apple slices with double the buttery oat and sugar topping
  • soft pumpkin cookies-- full of sweet pumpkin, spices, and topped with a dreamy cream cheese frosting. You won’t believe what you’re enjoying is gluten and dairy free.
  • chocolate cream pie-- homemade 2 ingredient Oreo crust and a chocolatey, sweet creamy homemade filling, topped with a smooth whipped topping and slices of shaved chocolate– every spoonful is really a bite of chocolatey heaven

Get ready for the holidays

Get all the best holiday classic recipes in our digital download ebook, The Classics! Get your copy HERE!

You will get it delivered straight to your inbox where you can download it and save it to your device, or you can get it printed to have a physical copy of all 15+ recipes to make in your kitchen whenever you want something safe and delicious!

The Classics, also contains a secret recipe that you'll only have access to in our ebook, it'll never hit our website. So, if you want that make sure to grab a copy.

It's super cheap and would make the perfect stocking stuffer for the foodie in your life.


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Remember your Thanksgiving doesn't have to be a bust. I've got the easiest and best tasting Thanksgiving dishes for you. And even better they don't taste any different from other gluten and dairy dishes. Make this Thanksgiving crock pot stuffing mix for you or a crowd.

So Pin all of these now and you'll be set for the big day. Be sure to follow me on Pinterest and Instagram. I don't want you to miss one new recipe!

Eat well and feel well,


Thanksgiving Crock-Pot Stuffing

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Servings: 15 people
Author: Eating Gluten and Dairy Free


Bread Cube Recipe

  • 2 - 24 oz loaves gluten and dairy free bread or 3½ 9oz loaves
  • 1 c dairy free butter melted (Earth Balance works great)
  • 2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon powdered garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Stuffing Recipe for Crock Pot

  • 16 c gluten free cubed bread (2 loaves)
  • 3 c chopped celery
  • c diced onion
  • teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 c chicken stock/broth
  • c dairy free butter, melted


Bread Cube Directions

  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Prepare 2 large jelly roll pans with nonstick mat or parchment paper.
  • Place sliced bread on large cutting board.
  • Add all spices and melted butter to bowl and stir. Using a pastry brush, brush both sides of bread with butter spice mix. Brush a light dusting on each slice. It's ok if you run out of the butter spices before you've brushed each slice. Continue on with recipe. Place bread on cutting board.
  • Cut bread into small cubes and place onto 2 large jelly roll pans.
  • Heat cubed bread in the oven for 25 minutes. Allow to completely cool before continuing the recipe. These can be used as is for salad croutons. For the Thanksgiving stuffing recipe, place in a sealed container in a dry place for up to 1 week.

Crock-Pot Stuffing Directions

  • Combine bread cubes and all other ingredients except the butter in a large Crock-Pot. Mix well.
  • Pour melted butter over stuffing mixture and mix.
  • Cook on low 4 hours and serve.

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Eating Gluten and Dairy Free” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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Christine Alderson

Wednesday 27th of November 2019

This sounds wonderful, plan on making it!


Sunday 1st of December 2019

Thank you so much! I hope you enjoyed it. Jill