Ditch the Boxed Stuffing for One of These 35 WOW-Worthy Turkey Stuffing Recipes (2024)

Ditch the Boxed Stuffing for One of These 35 WOW-Worthy Turkey Stuffing Recipes (1)

Call it stuffing, call it dressing — either way, we call it a Thanksgiving must. Complete your feast with one of these triple-tested turkey stuffing recipes, perfect for vegans and meat lovers alike. Although turkey is the main event, Thanksgiving dinner isn't complete without turkey's best friend (stuffing!), so load your table with one of these delicious options. From turkey stuffing with sausage to easy stuffing recipes, one of these is sure to please. Or, if you're a stuffing fanatic make two or three different flavors to add some variety to your plate.

But before you start cooking up your Thanksgiving feast, you may be asking, Can you cook stuffing inside your turkey? While turkey and stuffing go together like peanut butter and jelly, we suggest baking stuffing outside of the bird, in a deep casserole dish. This will ensure a moist, crisp-topped stuffing, and will help avoid the spread of any potential food-borne illnesses. Stuffing is the perfect make-ahead Thanksgiving dish, too! Simply make the mixture the day ahead, and bake on the day for a show-stopping side dish to your golden brown bird.

Whether you're cooking for four or 20, turkey stuffing is a must-have on the dinner table, and no matter the flavor preferences of your family and friends, you're sure to find a recipe that suits everyone. This Thanksgiving, you'll be armed with the best turkey stuffing recipes, and all of the knowledge to serve up the best stuffing ever.

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Traditional Bread Stuffing With Herbs

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Sage and parsley make this tried and true stuffing recipe the perfect partner to your turkey.

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Northwest Fruit Stuffing

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This classic recipe comes from the 1956 Good Housekeeping Cookbook, but we updated it with dried cranberries and pecans for even more flavor.

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Croissant Mushroom Stuffing

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One of the best flaky, buttery breakfast breads makes its Turkey Day debut in this tasty twist on a Thanksgiving staple.

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Easy Herbed Stuffing

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One basic recipe with endless ways to enjoy it — mix it with nuts, raisins, or fresh fruit for additional flavor.

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Caramelized Onion & Rye Bread Stuffing

All that's missing is the pastrami and we've officially made our favorite deli sandwich in stuffing form.

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Apple-Walnut Stuffing

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Sure, this stuffing is packed with sausage and walnuts, but the mix of breads (try: pumpernickel, sourdough, and something multigrain) and the different textures that come along with each, are really the unsung heroes of this casserole.

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Herb and Apple Stuffing

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Ina Garten's go-to stuffing recipe is studded with fresh seasonal flavors and is guaranteed to impress your guests.

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RELATED: 19 Delicious Ina Garten Thanksgiving Recipes to Wow Your Dinner Guests

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Buttermilk Cornbread Stuffing With Sausage

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It really doesn't get any better than this classic cornbread and sausage combo.

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Sourdough Mushroom Stuffing

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Want even more rich flavor? Assemble this stuffing on Tuesday night and pop it in the oven on Turkey Day.

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Basic Herb Stuffing

Don’t even consider that boxed imposter. With a handful of ingredients and 20 minutes of prep (easy chopping, sautéing and mixing), this classic side dish is the definition of comfort.

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Chorizo-Chestnut Stuffing

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Spice up your traditional bread and sausage stuffing with this bold dish. The Spanish sausage gives the dressing a hint of smokiness.

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Sourdough Stuffing With Sausage and Herbs

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Get ready for the easiest Thanksgiving ever! This flavor-packed, make-ahead turkey stuffing can be prepped the day before and simply warmed through before serving.

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Cheddar and Herb Stuffing

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Trust us: This easy, cheesy casserole is about to become the MVP of your Thanksgiving dinner.

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Rosemary Monkey Bread Stuffing

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This is the year to drop that spoon for scooping and grab a knife. Rosemary-studded focaccia is packed into a springform pan, baked up, and served like a cake.

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Tamale Dressing

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This spicy stuffing is a meal in itself — seriously, there are diced chicken tamales mixed in.

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Cornbread, Sausage, and Chestnut Stuffing

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Cornbread adds sweetness to this sophisticated side.

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Crescent Roll Stuffing

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OH. MY. DOUGH. Our friends at Delish prove that there really isn’t anything a crescent roll can’t do.

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Sausage and Herb Stuffing

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Load up your stuffing with sausage for an easy flavor addition.

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Caramelized Onion Stuffing With Apples and Sage

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Sweet caramelized onions and apples add delicious depth of flavor to this Thanksgiving side.

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Bacon, Cheddar, and Beer Stuffing

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This beer cheese-inspired stuffing is the perfect Thanksgiving Football-watching food.

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FAQs

How much stuffing do I need for a 20 pound turkey? ›

Stuff both the neck and body cavities of a completely thawed turkey, allowing ½ to ¾ cup of stuffing per pound. Don't pack stuffing too tightly, as it may cause uneven cooking. When preparing a whole turkey for the oven, return the legs to the original tucked position if they were untucked for stuffing.

Is stuffing better with or without eggs? ›

It's a matter of preference, but adding a beaten egg to your stuffing mixture acts as a binder and keeps the bread moist.

Do you have to cook stuffing before putting it in the turkey? ›

Fully cook raw meat, poultry, or seafood ingredients before adding to stuffing. Combine the ingredients and place them in your bird immediately before cooking. Don't stuff whole poultry with cooked stuffing. In addition to the turkey, the stuffing's center needs to reach 165 F.

How much Pepperidge Farm stuffing for a 20 lb turkey? ›

One 16-oz. bag of Pepperidge Farm stuffing mix is recommended for every 20 lbs. of poultry. Now, let's get that turkey stuffed!

How many bags of stuffing do I need for a 25 pound turkey? ›

As a general guideline, you'll need about 3/4 to 1 cup of stuffing per pound of poultry. Ensure the stuffing is cooked thoroughly to a safe internal temperature, which is 165°F (74°C). It's essential to pack the stuffing loosely inside the bird, as it will expand during cooking.

Why add egg to turkey stuffing? ›

Broth: Chicken broth keeps the stuffing moist without making it soggy. Eggs: Two lightly beaten eggs help hold the dressing together and add moisture. Water: You can add a few tablespoons of water, if you'd like, to achieve your desired consistency.

What is the best bread to use for stuffing? ›

Sourdough, Italian, and white bread are standard choices for stuffing; however, journeying beyond your comfort zone can produce excellent results.

Is it better to stuff the turkey or make the stuffing on the side? ›

On not stuffing your turkey

Bishop: Instead, put the stuffing in a dish — but then it becomes "dressing," if you want to be technical about it. The problem is, when you stuff the turkey, yes, the stuffing gets all of the wonderful flavors from the bird, but it makes it much more difficult to cook the bird.

Is it better to cook a turkey at 325 or 350? ›

Oven-Roasted Turkey

We recommend starting the turkey in a 425 degree oven for 30-45 minutes before tenting the pan with foil and lowering the temperature to 350 degrees until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees when inserted into the thickest part of the bird.

Can I put potatoes under my turkey? ›

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or if you have a convection oven 325 degrees F convection roast mode. Spray a large roasting pan with non-stick spray. Evenly place the potatoes on the bottom of the pan. Place the turkey on top of the potatoes.

Do you cook a stuffed turkey at 325 or 350? ›

A stuffed turkey takes longer to cook than an unstuffed turkey. Roast a stuffed turkey for 15 minutes per pound at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). It is important to check the temperature of the stuffing; it should be 165 degrees F (75 degrees C) when you insert the thermometer into the center of the stuffing.

What can I add to my stuffing mix? ›

Enhance the flavor with seasonings: Add extra herbs and spices like sage, thyme, garlic powder, or onion powder to the stuffing mix for more depth of flavor.

What to stuff a turkey with for flavor? ›

Alliums: Add quartered onions, shallots, leeks, or garlic cloves for a delicious, earthy aroma. Fruits: Insert quarters of apple, lemon, orange, lime, or even grapefruit to add moisture and brightness to the turkey. You can even go with dried fruit, like cranberries, to double down on the autumn vibes.

What is stuffing called when it's not in a turkey? ›

Stuffing and dressing are commonly used as different names for the same thing—a dish consisting of bits of bread (or other starchy things) and various seasonings. The dish can be made by stuffing it (hence the name) inside a turkey or other bird that will be roasted, or by baking or cooking it separately.

How long to bake a 20lb turkey with stuffing? ›

For 12- to 14-pound turkey, roast 3½ to 4 hours. For 14- to 18-pound turkey, roast 4 to 4¼ hours. For 18- to 20-pound turkey, roast 4¼ to 4¾ hours. For 20- to 24-pound turkey, roast 4¾ to 5¼ hours.

How long does it take to bake a 20 lb turkey with stuffing? ›

Cover turkey loosely with a tent of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Cooking time takes longer for a stuffed turkey. For example, a 20 pound stuffed turkey will take 4 1/4 to 5 1/4 hours to cook.

Will a 5 gallon bucket hold a 20 lb turkey? ›

A 5-gallon container is typically large enough to fit any size turkey. Be sure to clear out some fridge space before you brine. To minimize cleanup, line the container with a liner bag. If you don't have the fridge space for a 5-gallon container, you can place the turkey in tied bag inside an ice chest.

How long does a 20 pound stuffed turkey take? ›

4¼ to 4¾ hours

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