For me, homemade stuffing/dressing is required at Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. The stuff from the box just doesn’t get it for me. Although, that is what I was raised on, my mother used it. Yuck. I had an aunt once declare that this dressing tastes just like her mom’s, but I don’t recall anything besides the boxed stuff at her house either. In her defense, holiday meals normally meant cooking for 25 to 35 people. We never had real mashed potatoes either.
I have been known to use a bag pre-seasoned hard cubes, and those can be prepared in a way that it is almost as good as homemade. And 2 bags of those cubes can be used as a substitute for the loaf of rustic crusty bread used in this recipe. It will require much more liquid than the crusty bread allowed to dry out will.
People put all kinds of stuff in their stuffing, maybe that’s why it’s called stuffing, it’s stuffed with stuff. I have never stuffed a bird with dressing, I think it might end up being too greasy and not hot enough to kill whatever bacteria might be hiding inside that turkey.