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Baked Everything Bagel Stuffing

on October 20, 2021
last updated April 12, 2024
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This unique take on a Thanksgiving classic makes this Everything Bagel Stuffing a delicious enough side dish to eat all year round!
everything bagel stuffing in a casserole dish garnished with rosemary and thyme

Want to level-up your stuffing this year? Look no further than this Everything Bagel Stuffing.

The use of everything bagels and addition of extra everything seasoning kicks your basic stuffing up ten notches by adding a depth of flavor that accompanies any main dish seamlessly. The stuffing will now be a favorite on your Thanksgiving plate instead of just a place-filler!

thanksgiving stuffing made with everything bagels in a casserole dish with a serving spoon

As an environmental scientist, I’m always trying to keep the issue of food waste front of mind. This recipe is designed to bring new life into your stale bread, so not only does that bread not have to be fresh, it’s actually encouraged to use stale.

Green tip: Bread is one of the most wasted food products in the U.S. because of our tendency to throw it out as soon as it’s stale. Reduce your contribution to food waste by re-vamping your stale bagels with this Everything Bagel Stuffing.

Everything Bagel Stuffing Ingredients

Aside from your day-old bagels, you’ll just need a couple of fresh ingredients and flavor enhancers to make this stuffing come to life. Here is everything you’ll need:

  • Everything bagels. Day-old or even stale.
  • Unsalted Butter.
  • Onion.
  • Celery.
  • Thyme.
  • Rosemary.
  • Vegetable broth.
  • Everything but the bagel seasoning.
  • Salt & pepper.
All ingredients for Everything Bagel Stuffing - Rosemary, everything seasoning, veggie broth, butter, thyme, celery, bagels, salt, pepper, and an onion
not pictured: salt and pepper

Everything Bagel Dressing Tips and Tricks

Cube Your Bagels

In order to get the right consistency for your stuffing, you’ll want to cut your day-old bagels into cubes. This will allow for the bread to soak up the liquid and form your stuffing casserole.

Use a serrated knife to cut your bagels into cubes about 1 cubic inch or smaller and set the bagel pieces aside for later. Make sure to save any everything seasoning that falls off of your bagels during cutting.

If you have other-flavored bagels that you need to use up, they will absolutely work, too! Just avoid sweet ones like cinnamon raisin or blueberry.

close up of everything bagels cut into cubes

Cook Your Veggies and Herbs First

In a large pot, add 1/4 cup of butter and chopped celery, diced onion, rosemary, and thyme. Cook over medium heat until the onion is translucent and super fragrant.

sauteeing celery, onions, thyme, and rosemary in butter in a frying pan

Add Your Broth and the Rest of the Butter Next

Next, add a pinch of salt and pepper, your veggie broth, and the rest of the butter. Turn your heat down and keep your pot over the burner just until the butter melts.

adding veggie broth to a large pot with cooked onions, celery, and fresh herbs

Coat the Bagel Bits

Once your butter is melted, add your cubed bagel to the pot and stir to coat with the buttery liquid, herbs, and vegetables.

Toss until the bagel bits are completely coated before transferring your stuffing to a casserole dish to bake. I recommend using a 10.5″ x 7.5″ oven-safe casserole dish.

dropping bagel pieces into a large pot

Everything Bagel Seasoning

You can buy bagel seasoning or even make your own (just combine poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and dried onion and garlic).

…Or you can do it the thrifty way.

You know when you bring home your everything bagels and it feels like half the goodness has fallen off and is sitting at the bottom of the bag?

SAVE THOSE CRUMBS. I save them and add them to a little glass jar for recipes like this or my favorite Lox and Schmear Omelet.

Coat the top of your stuffing with this good-as-gold seasoning and then it’s ready for the oven!

adding everything bagel seasoning to top of stuffing

How to Properly Store and Reheat Stuffing with Bagels

This Everything Bagel Stuffing will last up to 5 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or up to a month in the freezer.

To reheat, stick it back in the oven at 350°F for about 20 minutes, until completely heated through. From frozen, you will likely need an additional 5 minutes to get it hot.

You can also opt to microwave individual portions. Use a microwave-safe dish, cover it, and microwave on high for 45-seconds to 1 minute, until heated thoroughly.

Green tip: Did you know that of the billions of pounds of food wasted annually, it is estimated that 50% of it happens in our homes? It’s always best to avoid food waste as much as you can!

Serving Everything Bagel Stuffing

This Everything Bagel Stuffing is a favorite side for our family Thanksgiving along with other classics like cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, and sweet potato casserole.

But it’s not just for Thanksgiving! I make this all-year round if I find myself with leftover bagels. It’s delicious served up with this Almond Crusted Salmon, these Grilled Portobello Mushrooms, or truly any other main!

super close up of everything bagel seasoning

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Why You Should Make this Everything Bagel Stuffing

  • It’s unique! A classic Thanksgiving dish with a twist!
  • It’s resourceful. Don’t chuck those day-old bagels! Revamp them by using them in this stuffing.
  • It packs a punch. The everything seasoning adds so much flavor to a dish that can otherwise sometimes be underwhelming.

If you’re loving this Everything Bagel Stuffing and want more delicious Thanksgiving sides, check out this list of Exciting Thanksgiving recipes.

everything bagel stuffing in a casserole dish garnished with rosemary and thyme

Baked Everything Bagel Stuffing

5 from 5 votes
Marley Goldin
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This unique take on a Thanksgiving classic makes this Everything Bagel Stuffing a delicious enough side dish to eat all year round!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 servings


  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped (1 stalk = approx. 1 cup chopped celery)
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, removed from stem and chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, removed from stem and chopped
  • 6 day-old Everything Bagels
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon everything bagel seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
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  • In a large pot, cook chopped celery, diced onion, rosemary, and thyme in 1/4 cup of butter over medium heat until the onion is translucent and fragrant.
  • Use a serrated knife to cut your bagels into cubes, about 1 cubic inch in size, and set aside.
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • Turn heat down to low and add remaining butter, vegetable broth, and salt and pepper. Heat until butter is completely melted.
  • Add bagel cubes and stir to coat.
  • Transfer stuffing to a 10.5″ x 7.5″ oven-safe casserole dish. Sprinkle everything bagel seasoning on top.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the top starts to turn golden brown.

Pro Tips

  • If you have other bagels (not everything) that you need to use up, they will absolutely work, too! Just avoid sweet ones like cinnamon raisin or blueberry.
  • Don’t throw out that stale bread! You can breathe new life into it and avoid food waste using one of these amazing stale bread recipes!

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Course Sides
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword Holidays, Stuffing, Thanksgiving, Waste Reduction
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3 thoughts on “Baked Everything Bagel Stuffing”

  1. Can you use chicken stock instead of the veg stock? Looks great, I will wait for your reply and then make it.

      1. 5 stars
        Thank you. I made it exactly to your recipe apart from using chicken stock and it was amazing. All the family enjoyed it. 5 Stars.
        Thank you again

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