Nonni's Italian Stuffing

This week I've seen a lot of people in the blogosphere asking about "go-to" Thanksgiving recipes.  Today I want to share mine:  my Nonni's (grandmother's) Italian Stuffing.  

If you're looking for an alternative to your typical bread & celery or cornbread stuffing, this might be the one for you.  (But only if you like cheese--lots and lots of cheese.)

To make it you'll need:
  • a loaf of white bread
  • four eggs
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley 
  • 1/4 lb each of diced sharp cheddar, diced sharp provolone & diced fresh mozzarella
  • 4 to 8 oz. grated parmesan
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. 

Take your loaf of white bread (I use this one)...

Wet the bread under the faucet and squeeze out the excess water.

Then tear up the bread into bits and place in a bowl.

Take your eggs...

...add them to the bread mixture and mix with your hands.

Next take the Italian Parsley...

Chop up about 1/4 cup's worth...

...and add to the egg and bread mixture.  (I know that's just a tablespoon pictured below but I ultimately went with a 1/4 cup.)  At this point you should also add your salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Now it's time for the cheese.  I know.  This looks a little ridiculous.   (Okay, it's totally ridiculous.)

Dice up the mozzarella.

And the cheddar and provolone (make sure they're both sharp, not mild).

Add the diced cheese to the bread mixture along with four to eight ounces of shredded parmesan.

This should make enough for a 14 lb turkey.  I usually have additional stuffing that I bake in a pan.

I'm going to go ahead and publish this recipe tonight but I'll add pictures of the cooked stuffing tomorrow.

In the meanwhile, have a happy, happy Thanksgiving!

Update:  Did I remember to take a picture of the finished product?  No.  No I didn't.  Too busy eating.  Oh well, there's always next year!



  1. Holy cow...the addition of all those cheeses looks fabulous!!! I'm gonna have to try this!!!

  2. Wow! I am sitting here saying "Cheese? in dressing?" Why haven't I ever done this??? Yummm!

  3. Nonni's know stuffing!

    Love your gumdrop wreath too!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I didn't know you are an ex-New Yorker!!

  4. seriously, looks amazing! i've never seen a stuffing like this before. pinned! :-)

  5. OMG This stuffing looks amazing! I am definitely going to try this! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful weekend:)

  6. Well my hubby would ask for more cheese. This is a great recipe that I know my family will love. Thank you for sharing it at my Our Favorite Things Link Party. Have a great week.

  7. Oh my gosh this looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe at The Fun In Functional!

    1. Just wanted to let you know I featured this today on my blog! You can check it out and grab a Featured button here: http://practicallyfunctional.net/2012/11/the-fun-in-functional-link-party-27/

  8. Oh stuffing... that favorite part of the meal! I trust you had a lovely thanksgiving!

  9. Love all the cheese in your stuffing. My hubby would go crazy. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

  10. Wow! This sounds so much better than my family recipe for stuffing. Pinned. Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday!

  11. I love the detailed instructions! I need all the help I can get! Your casserole looks amazing! Thanks for linking up!

    Have a blessed and very Merry Christmas!


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