Whether you prefer to cook your stuffing inside the turkey for a moist and flavorful result, or bake your dressing separately for a crispy and savory dish, there’s no denying that it’s a holiday essential. With countless variations and recipes available, there are endless possibilities for creating the perfect stuffing or dressing to complement your Thanksgiving or Christmas feast. From traditional stuffing recipes passed down through generations to modern twists and creative flavor combinations, we’ve gathered all the best ideas to inspire and guide you in preparing a show-stopping holiday meal that will leave your guests raving. We’ve got everything you need to know about making the perfect stuffing or dressing for your holiday table.
Air Fryer Whiskey, Sausage And Cranberry Stuffing
This air fryer whiskey, sausage, and cranberry stuffing is so delicious. And baking stuffing in an air fryer means you can fit other dishes in the oven or on the stove. It is the perfect stuffing for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Did you know you could make a bourbon or whiskey stuffing with pork sausage recipe in your air fryer? Well, you can, and it’s so good!
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How To Make A Delicious Chicken And Dressing Recipe
This chicken and dressing recipe can be used with turkey, but when a turkey is the main staple at the table, it’s also great with chicken. Made with a delicious Mexican cornbread, you will want to make this dish over and over again for almost any occasion. The best part is that it is easy.
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Bacon, Sage, and Onion Stuffing
This sage and onion stuffing with bacon is a delicious homemade stuffing (dressing) recipe that will have everyone coming back for seconds! It’s the perfect Thanksgiving or holiday side dish packed full of mouthwatering, savory flavors!
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Classic Plant-Based Stuffing
This classic plant-based stuffing recipe is perfect for your holiday feast, whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas! It’s made with wholesome ingredients and tastes delicious!
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Italian Sausage Stuffing
This turkey stuffing with sausage is the BEST addition to your holiday tables. What makes this the best sausage stuffing recipe? We’ll start with rustic bread, add in aromatics, Italian sausage, a creamy, rich broth and plenty of fresh herbs. We’ll mix it together and bake the Italian sausage stuffing until it’s perfectly golden brown.
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Butternut Squash And Mushroom Stuffing
Butternut Squash and Mushroom Stuffing is a highlight of any Thanksgiving dinner. Cubed sourdough is combined with butternut squash, earthy mushrooms and fresh fall herbs for a stuffing filled with harvest season flavor. It’s sure to become a treasured part of your Thanksgiving table.
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This Cornbread Dressing is the perfect way to celebrate Thanksgiving with its savory and delicious flavors! You can make the most delicious cornbread dressing using store-bought or homemade cornbread, which is then baked with cranberries, pine nuts, and flavorful herbs for the best one ever! Super delicious and easy to make!
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Sourdough and Venison Stuffing
Homemade ingredients come together beautifully in this rustic sourdough stuffing recipe. Homemade sourdough and venison sausage soaked in a butter and homemade stock mixture, tossed with fresh herbs and garden veggies make this side dish the perfect addition to any holiday meal.
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Cornbread Chorizo Stuffing
Cornbread Chorizo Stuffing is the unique, delicious side dish you’ve been looking for to spice up your holiday dinner. With a nice balance of sweet and heat, people will be coming back for a second scoop.
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Sausage Apple Stuffing
This sausage apple stuffing features fresh leeks, apples, and cranberries cooked down into golden brown goodness, then baked to perfection with Italian sausage and bread. The bread soaks up all the flavors and creates one delicious companion for roasted turkey.
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Classic Herb Sourdough Stuffing
This sourdough stuffing features classic herbal flavours, with sage, thyme, and rosemary. Sourdough bread adds an extra boost of complexity alongside plenty of butter, onion, and celery. Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, it’s a delicious savoury bread pudding.
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Buttery Herb Stuffing Recipe
This is the classic traditional stuffing recipe that everyone loves! It’s so simple, easy, and delicious – a must on everyone’s Thanksgiving dinner table. You will love the flavors of this buttery, custardy, and herby stuffing that is never dry nor soggy. The crispy edges are my favorite thing about this recipe!
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Favorite Croissant Stuffing
Make your next holiday dinner extra memorable with this favorite croissant stuffing! Flaky, buttery croissants are baked to perfection with a medley of fresh herbs, onions, garlic and celery in a custard-like filling to make one dish that’s full of those classic stuffing flavors. Plus, this recipe only requires about 20 minutes of hands-on prep time.
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No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without Cranberry Stuffing, a side dish that balances the rich flavors of buttery bread, onion, celery, and fresh thyme with the sweet tartness of dried cranberries. Bake in a 1 quart casserole dish for small batch stuffing.
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Mediterranean Sourdough Stuffing Recipe
This Mediterranean Sourdough Stuffing Recipe is full of flavor from olives and sun-dried tomatoes. It’s a fresh take on traditional holiday stuffing and really easy to make. And it’s perfect for a Mediterranean Holiday!
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Cornbread Chestnut Stuffing
This chestnut stuffing is made with toasted cubes of homemade cornbread and filled with sausage, mushrooms, fennel, cranberries and fresh winter herbs like rosemary and sage. It’s a wonderfully festive and incredibly delicious addition to any holiday meal and might even outshine the main dish!
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Easy Crockpot Stuffing Recipe
This delicious Crockpot Stuffing frees up your oven as you cook up your Thanksgiving feast! This classic traditional stuffing is made with fresh herbs, it’s buttery, custardy, and never soggy.
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Seafood Dressing is the ultimate twist on a Classic Thanksgiving stuffing side dish. Rich tender cornbread mixes with fresh shrimp, lump crab, fresh herbs, spices and a homemade seafood stock to create the ultimate decadent side.
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Instant Pot Stuffing
The best stuffing is crusty yet fluffy and loaded with onion and celery crunch bits for extra mouthfeel. It’s also packed with tasty and comforting turkey flavors with aromatic herbs and spices. Your guests will enjoy this tasty instant pot stuffing with crusty and fluffy bread packed with mama’s comforting, homey holiday flavors.
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These stuffing muffins are filled with sweet Italian sausage, apples, cranberries, sage and pine nuts for a fun alternative to traditional stuffing in the perfect portion size. The bread takes a backseat and instead the sweet Italian sausage, cranberries, pine nuts, apples and herbs shine.
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Simple Turkey Dressing
This Simple Turkey Dressing is perfect for serving at the holidays or Christmas in July! Bread cubes, butter, and sage seasoning meet up in this classic side dish. Try it with chicken or pork chops!
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Apple Walnut Stuffing
This 8-ingredient apple walnut stuffing is the perfect holiday side dish! This easy-to-make stuffing features toasted bread tossed with plant-based butter, veggie broth, onions, apples, walnuts, raisins and sage for a savory dish with a touch of sweetness.
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Pineapple stuffing is a tasty baked side dish that the whole family will love. This simple but flavor-packed dish is made with bread, eggs, pineapple, sugar, and cinnamon. The inside is tender and soft, while the edges get beautifully crispy! Perfect with ham or other meats.
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Slightly sweet, eggy and buttery brioche adds a uniquely delicious flavor to this brioche stuffing. It’s toasted and baked with tender onion, carrot, and celery and plenty of fresh herbs. This recipe gives me the best feeling – it evokes all things cozy. It’s both rustic and elegant at the same time and it’s truly special.
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The Best Cauliflower Stuffing
By swapping out the bread for cauliflower, this crowd-pleasing cauliflower stuffing makeover is far lighter yet still packed with flavor. It’s also super comforting with the addition of poultry seasoning and plenty of butter for richness.
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