The great thing about stuffing is that it's almost impossible to mess up: A little more of this or less of that won't affect your results too much. The one
thing you want to have just the right amount of is liquid, to keep the stuffing moist but not soggy.
The base for these stuffings is the same, making it easy to serve both vegetarian and meat versions (for a full batch of meat stuffing, use an additional 1 1/2 pounds of sausage). This can accompany our Spice-Rubbed Roast Turkey.
Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, it's one of our favorite dishes on the Thanksgiving menu. Choose from bread stuffing with apples, sage, chestnuts, or mushrooms; cornbread dressing with sausage or pecans; or wild-rice dressing with nuts and dried fruit.
There is no one right recipe for stuffing, turkey's perennial partner, just a general formula: Mix a dry base such as day-old bread with sauteed vegetables, meat (if you like), herbs, and seasonings; then add a binder such as stock or eggs, and gently toss. Tailor stuffing to your family and friends' palates to make it irresistible.