One of my favorite ways to make this traditional holiday side dish is in my slow cooker. It takes very little time to set up and then you can walk away for a few hours and know it's cooking just fine.
I bought a bag of bread cubes, but it wasn't nearly enough and pretty expensive for what you got, so I cubed up most of a loaf of bread on Christmas Eve and left it out on my cookie rack overnight to dry out. It was ready to absorb all that yummy flavour by Christmas morning.
Large chunks of dried bread. I had about 8 cups of cubes
1 tbsp olive oil
3 stalks of celery
1 large onion
2 garlic cloves
spices (I used the same one as my roast turkey)
~3 cups chicken stock (You can use vegetable stock to make it vegetarian!)
Place your bread chunks in the slow cooker, and set aside.
Dice your vegetables, and sauté in the olive oil until softened. Add the spices, and stir in until well combined.
Add the vegetables to the crockpot, and then the chicken stock. Stir well until combined, turn onto low, and cover.
In about 2-3 hours, remove the lid and stir around the bread- in my crockpot the outer bread gets crispier, not softer! Replace the lid and in another 2 hours or so turn the temperature guage to "keep warm". Serve when needed.