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The Best Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving

The star of the side dish spread
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At its core, stuffing is just a mixture of bread, vegetables, aromatic herbs, butter and a generous pour of some kind of stock. But the star of the Thanksgiving sides deserves a little extra love around the holiday season. From stuffing cups to one-pot stuffing, these are the most creative, easy-to-make and satisfying stuffing recipes for your holiday menu this year.

Potato Stuffing Balls

Potato Stuffing Balls
Courtesy of Idaho Potato Commission

Who says you have to choose between mashed potatoes and stuffing? Not us, because this recipe does both. In an epic mashup of the carbs, these stuffing balls combine mashed potatoes with stuffing and pancetta.

For the Potato Stuffing Balls recipe, click here.

Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

Stuffed Mini Pumpkins
Courtesy of ReadySetEat

From pumpkin recipes to pumpkin cocktails, nothing screams fall harvest quite like our favorite big orange veggie. In this recipe, a combination of stuffing, mushrooms and Brussels sprouts is spooned into mini pumpkins for a truly creative Thanksgiving side.

For the Stuffed Mini Pumpkins recipe, click here.

Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Stuffing

Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Stuffing
Courtesy of Little Northern Bakehouse

Looking for a way to use up all of the apples you picked at the orchard? Apple stuffing is your new go-to. This recipe includes cranberries and sliced apples, which give the side dish all of the necessary autumnal flavors.  

For the Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple stuffing recipe, click here.

Apple Pecan Stuffing Muffins

Apple Pecan Stuffing Muffins
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Apple recipes are the easiest way to bring the flavors of fall straight to your Thanksgiving table. Here, apple pecan stuffing is baked into a muffin tin for individual servings of the side, so there’s no need to fight over scoops of stuffing.

For the Apple Pecan Stuffing Muffins recipe, click here.

Savory Stuffing Cups

Savory Stuffing Cups
Courtesy of Little Northern Bakehouse

If you want to save room for holiday desserts and pies, these savory stuffing cups will do the trick. The individually portioned cups will satisfy your hankering for stuffing without filling you up too much.

For the Savory Stuffing Cups recipe, click here.

Gluten-Free Stuffing

Gluten-Free Stuffing
Courtesy of ReadySetEat

Made with gluten-free bread, a variety of pantry seasonings and chicken broth, this stuffing recipe tastes classic but is friendly for those who can’t have traditional bread.

For Gluten-Free Stuffing recipe, click here.

Vegan Gluten-Free Stuffing with Mushrooms and Pears

Vegan Gluten-Free Stuffing with Mushrooms and Pears
Courtesy of Snixy Kitchen

You don’t have to venture out to your favorite vegan restaurant to have a quality meal. This vegan, gluten-free stuffing made with mushrooms and pears is an ideal and delicious dish to bring to a potluck, especially if you’re unsure of dietary needs and preferences.

For the Vegan Gluten-Free Stuffing with Mushrooms and Pears recipe, click here.

Easy Crouton, Sausage and Kale Stuffing

Easy Crouton, Sausage and Kale Stuffing
Courtesy of Jason Goldstein

Let's kick things off with the easiest stuffing recipe ever. Ready in only 25 minutes, this dish uses store-bought garlic croutons to save some time while still maintaining the delicious flavors of traditional stuffing.

For the Easy Crouton, Sausage and Kale Stuffing recipe, click here.

Crusty Bread, Bacon and Pineapple Stuffing

Crusty Bread, Bacon and Pineapple Stuffing
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The easiest way to elevate your stuffing recipe is to include some sort of sweet or tart fruit. This recipe incorporates pineapple, which complements the savory flavors from the bread. If you have leftovers, just make sure to remember that stuffing lasts in the fridge for only about four days.

For the Crusty Bread, Bacon and Pineapple Stuffing recipe, click here.

Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

Turkey and Stuffing Casserole
Courtesy of Campbell Soup Company

Layers of stuffing, melted cheese and cream of mushroom soup are combined into one incredible casserole dish. This recipe is perfect for using up leftovers, while still maintaining the level of comfort only a spoonful of casserole can provide.

For the Turkey and Stuffing Casserole recipe, click here.

Pecan Apple Stuffing

Pecan Apple Stuffing
Courtesy of American Pecans

One of the hardest questions to answer during Thanksgiving is how much to make of everything. If you’re hosting a larger gathering, this pecan apple stuffing can serve up to 18 people.

For the Pecan Apple Stuffing recipe, click here.

Gluten-Free Rice Stuffing With Cranberries and Pecans

Gluten-Free Rice Stuffing With Cranberries and Pecans
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Incorporate some gut-healthy foods into your Thanksgiving dinner with this gluten-free stuffing, which uses long-grain rice in place of bread.

For the Gluten-Free Rice Stuffing With Cranberries and Pecans recipe, click here.

Classic Herb Stuffing

Classic Herb Stuffing
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You might have a ranked list of the best Thanksgiving side dishes. And while Brussels sprouts and roasted carrots are great, for many, nothing ranks higher than a classic herb stuffing. This recipe keeps things simple but sacrifices none of the flavor.

For the Classic Herb Stuffing recipe, click here.

Mango Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffing

Mango Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffing
Courtesy of the National Mango Board

If you’re from the South, you’ve probably had cornbread — it’s a dish beloved by Texans. This recipe takes the timeless side to the next level by combining it with stuffing and mango. The savory yet sweet dish will make a great addition to your turkey day feast.

For the Mango Jalapeño Cornbread Stuffing recipe, click here.

Oyster Stuffing

Oyster Stuffing
Courtesy of Julie Gransee of Lovely Little Kitchen

If oyster stuffing is a mystery to you, then you’re probably not from New England. The regional dish is one you can’t pass up this holiday season and this recipe teaches you exactly how to make it.

For the Oyster Stuffing recipe, click here.

Vegetarian Apple Cranberry Stuffing

Vegetarian Apple Cranberry Stuffing
Courtesy of Nourished by Nutrition

People of all dietary preferences should be able to enjoy stuffing. By simply swapping chicken stock for veggie stock, this recipe is a great way to get some vegetarian-friendly options on your Thanksgiving table.

For the Vegetarian Apple Cranberry Stuffing recipe, click here.

Apple Honey Challah Stuffing

Apple Honey Challah Stuffing
Courtesy of West of the Loop

There are plenty of apple varieties to choose from when it comes to holiday cooking and baking, but for this challah stuffing recipe, you’ll want to use apples with a tart bite.

For the Apple Honey Challah Stuffing recipe, click here.

Sage Stuffing

Sage Stuffing
Courtesy of The Chopping Block

One of the best ways to cut your grocery bill in half is to keep your menu simple. Luckily, stuffing is just as delicious with few ingredients as it is with a heaping amount. This recipe uses sage as its main spice.

For the Sage Stuffing recipe, click here.

Italian Stuffing

Italian Stuffing
Courtesy of Living the Gourmet/Catherine Pappas

The secret to cooking stuffing just like grandma is to use crusty bread instead of soft bread. Firm bread complements the Italian-inspired flavors from salami, tomatoes and Parmesan cheese.

For the Italian Stuffing recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Saus’age Stuffing

Slow Cooker Saus’age Stuffing
Courtesy of Ready Set Eat

There are plenty of recipes you can make using a slow cooker, but during Thanksgiving, stuffing is one of the best. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also a great way to save room on your stovetop when things get crowded on turkey day.

For the Slow Cooker Saus'age Stuffing recipe, click here.

One-Pot Cornbread Stuffing

One-Pot Cornbread Stuffing
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Don’t feel like dirtying up a bunch of dishes on Thanksgiving? One-pot cornbread stuffing is the way to go. This easy recipe is kicked up a notch with the addition of Spanish chorizo and jalapeno.

For the One-Pot Cornbread Stuffing recipe, click here.

Pineapple Stuffing

Pineapple Stuffing
Courtesy of King's Hawaiian

One of the best parts about Thanksgiving is definitely all of the incredible leftovers that come along with it. This pineapple stuffing is just as delicious served on a sandwich the next day as it is on the evening of your t-day dinner.

For the Pineapple Stuffing recipe, click here.

Cranberry Macadamia Nut Stuffing

Cranberry Macadamia Nut Stuffing
Courtesy of King's Hawaiian

Every great turkey deserves an equally delicious stuffing recipe, and this cranberry macadamia nut stuffing is definitely a winner.

For the Cranberry Macadamia Nut Stuffing recipe, click here.

King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread Stuffing

King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread Stuffing
Courtesy of King's Hawaiian

If you’re a guest during Thanksgiving, make sure you don’t come empty-handed. This perfectly moist sweet bread and sausage stuffing is sure to be a fan favorite at your next potluck.

For the King's Hawaiian Sweet Bread Stuffing recipe, click here.

Crispy Fried Onion Holiday Stuffing

Crispy Fried Onion Holiday Stuffing
Courtesy of French’s®

Last but certainly not least: holiday stuffing with a key ingredient — crispy fried onions. The added layer of crunch and saltiness gives this recipe a satisfying finish. But the fun and flavor of the holiday season doesn't end with stuffing. From the turkey to the dessert, check our 101 best Thanksgiving recipes.

For the Crispy Fried Onion Holiday Stuffing recipe, click here.

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