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Best Thanksgiving Dressing

A classic side to serve alongside turkey
Abel Uribe / Chicago Tribune

While some parts of the country call it stuffing even when it's not stuffed inside a Thanksgiving turkey, other Americans refer to bread and herbs baked in a bowl as dressing. No matter what you call it, here's the best way to make it.

This recipe by Leah Eskin was originally published in the Chicago Tribune.

Ready in
1 h and 20 m
40 m
(prepare time)
40 m
(cook time)
Calories Per Serving


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Pound mild Italian pork sausage (bulk or slipped out of casings)
  • 2 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 Pound white button mushrooms, halved or quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 Teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage
  • 2 Teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 Teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 Cup dry sherry
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 pan (8-inches square) cornbread, broken up
  • 1 Cup chicken broth
  • 2 Cups candied pecans


Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wide skillet set over medium-high heat. Cook sausage, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through, about 7 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to scoop sausage into a large bowl.

Reduce heat under skillet to medium. Melt in 1 tablespoon butter. Tumble in celery and onions; cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Scrape into bowl with sausage.

Heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil (use the same skillet or a separate one). Add mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms turn a lovely deep brown, about 12 minutes. Stir in garlic, sage, thyme, salt and pepper; cook, 30 seconds. Deglaze with sherry. Scrape into bowl.

Sprinkle parsley into the bowl. Tumble in cornbread. Toss well. Drizzle in broth, stopping when cornbread is moist, but not mushy.

Turn dressing into a buttered baking dish. Cover with foil. Slide into a 375-degree oven and bake until hot, 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake until a little crisp on top, about 10 minutes. Just before serving, stir in candied pecans.