Lauren Jagnow

Easy Last-Minute Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving

Stuffing RecipesThanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same without stuffing. Even if you call it “dressing,” and no matter if you cook it in the bird or in a casserole dish, or even if prefer it with meat, oysters, or none of the above,  we can all agree that warm, flavorful stuffing might be the ultimate comfort food. (Take that mac and cheese!)


Okay, now for the nitty gritty details: According to the FDA, it’s safest to cook your stuffing outside the turkey (click here for great Thanksgiving turkey recipes), but for many Thanksgiving cooks, the flavor just isn’t the same.


So, if you insist on in-turkey stuffing, the FDA advises using a meat thermometer to test the “doneness,” which should hit an internal temperature of 165 degrees to ensure the dressing is bacteria-free. Also, be sure to cook any meat or shellfish (click here for great oyster stuffing recipes) before adding it to the stuffing, which should be kept moist and packed loosely inside the bird.


Now that you know how to stuff safely, how about some delicious stuffing recipes — From a traditional old-fashioned bread version to a pecan and sausage variety on down to a healthy and delicious herbed cornbread dressing that adds a modern touch to your Thanksgiving table? Whether your guest ask you to pass the stuffing or the dressing, you can count on one thing: Everybody will wants seconds!




New Orleans Oyster Dressing

Stuffing Recipes

Oysters, bacon, and plenty of herbs give this stuffing — er, dressing — a rich flavor that’s perfect alongside roast turkey. This stuffing is a Southern classic, and once you taste it, you’ll understand why!




Herbed Corn Bread Dressing

Stuffing Recipes

Low in fat and high in fiber, this dressing is a healthy and tasty choice for your Thanksgiving feast. Eggs and chicken broth ensure the stuffing stays moist and flavorful.




Herbed Bread Dressing with Bacon, Chestnuts and Prunes

Stuffing Recipes

We love the tangy sweetness prunes add to this delicious stuffing. Be sure to make plenty of this side dish for Thanksgiving; it’s sure to move!




Shiitake Mushroom and Fresh Herb Stuffing

Stuffing Recipes

After assembling this stuffing, let it chill for at least an hour before baking. This ensures that the top is crisp and the interior stays moist.




Pecan and Sausage Stuffing

Stuffing Recipes

Classic flavors combine in this delicious side dish. We love the contrast in flavor and textures from apples, pecans, and sausage.




Winter Squash and Brown Bread Stuffing

Stuffing Recipes

Nutty and sweet, brown bread is a delicious base for this homey stuffing. Butternut squash is especially delicious in this recipe, but feel free to use any winter squash such as acorn or pumpkin.




Blue Cornmeal Chorizo Stuffing

Stuffing Recipes

Tex-Mex flavors are an exciting addition to your Thanksgiving feast. If you can’t find Spanish chorizo, any spicy Italian sausage will work in this recipe.




Old-Fashioned Bread Stuffing

Stuffing Recipes

There’s a reason this classic bread stuffing is passed down from generation to generation. Simple, satisfying, and easy to prepare, this is the quintessential Thanksgiving side dish.




Call it delicious — great bread stuffing recipes for Thanksgiving!






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