Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes

Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, this side dish is always a crowd favorite. From our easy basic bread stuffing to our wild rice with walnut and cranberry stuffing. Classic, traditional, vegetarian, gluten-free…,we have something for everyone. Be sure to check out our step-by-step instructions for how to stuff the turkey as well.

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Sensational Stuffing and Dressing Recipes for Thanksgiving

Stuffing (or dressing) is one of the most eagerly anticipated dishes on the Thanksgiving table. Here's a collection of our favorite recipes—all guaranteed to pair perfectly with a bird prepared using our easy and complete turkey tutorial and keep guests requesting seconds.
By Anna Kovel

Apple Stuffing

Rating: 3.14 stars
Apples, leaks and rosemary blend to make this a one-of-a-kind stuffing for your holiday bird.

Oyster Brioche Stuffing

Rating: 4 stars
This stuffing has flavors that are rich, yet simple and balanced.

Chestnut Stuffing

Rating: 3.41 stars
Studded with meaty chestnuts and fragrant with parsley and sage, this stuffing is equally good cooked inside or outside the turkey (try our Classic Brined and Roasted Turkey recipe). You will need to dry the bread cubes overnight; transfer them to resealable plastic bags until you're ready to make the stuffing, up to 1 day more.

Simple Stuffing

Rating: 3.21 stars
Drying the bread cubes and cooking the vegetables a day in advance helps this stuffing come together quickly on Thanksgiving Day. This stuffing was created to accompany Herb-Rubbed Turkey.

Herbed Cracker Stuffing

Crackers were ever-present in Colonial kitchens and were often used in savory dishes like this herbed stuffing.

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Mushrooms and Rice

Rating: 3.44 stars
These work as well on the Thanksgiving table as they do on a meatless Monday.

Bread Stuffing with Sage

Rating: 3.62 stars
This incredibly simple stuffing has a traditional flavor everyone will love. It's a wonderful complement to Salt and Pepper Turkey.

Cornbread Dressing

Rating: 3.19 stars
Stuffing is commonly known as dressing in the South, where it is frequently made with buttermilk cornbread, another regional specialty.

Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing

Rating: 3.51 stars
Some cooks use diced giblets (heart, gizzard, and liver) in addition to the pork sausage in order to give this cornbread-based stuffing an extra meaty taste. It's the perfect partner for our Roast Turkey with Herb Butter.

Classic Stuffing

Rating: 3.22 stars
The terms stuffing and dressing are often used interchangeably, but they do have different meanings: Stuffing is cooked inside the bird, dressing on its own. Use this recipe when making our Perfect Roast Turkey.

Walnut-Herb Stuffing

Rating: 3.58 stars
To stuff your turkey, you'll need 4 cups unbaked stuffing for a 12-pound bird. Stuff it right before roasting and bake remaining stuffing in a 2-quart baking dish.

Inspiration and Ideas

How to Make Stuffing

As you read through our downloadable turkey tutorial for tips on the perfect bird, follow this general formula for stuffing: Mix a dry base such as day-old bread with sauteed vegetables, herbs, and seasonings; then add a binder such as stock or eggs, and gently toss.

Easy Stuffing and Dressing Recipes

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.

Sourdough Stuffing with Apples, Acorn Squash, and Hazelnuts

Granny Smith apples and acorn squash bring an earthy sweetness to this tangy sourdough stuffing/dressing, while hazelnuts add a satisfying buttery crunch.