12 Stuffing Recipes That Are More Important than Any Turkey

12 Stuffing Recipes That Are More Important than Any Turkey

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Kelli Foster
Nov 11, 2016

Let's take a moment to celebrate the real hero of Thanksgiving: the stuffing. Sure, you may spend hours getting that turkey perfect for the table, but that glorious bowl piled high with stuffing is what everyone is most excited about. From a classic Thanksgiving stuffing baked in the oven or on the stovetop to a gluten-free version made with cornbread, these are the stuffing recipes that will have you reaching for seconds.

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1. How To Make the Very Best Thanksgiving Stuffing

This is classic stuffing at its finest. Made with toasted chunks of bread, it's herby, moist, and fragrant. It's like the kind you get out of the box, but so much better.

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2. How To Make Thanksgiving Stuffing in a Slow Cooker

This set-it-and-forget-it stuffing is just like the classic baked version, minus the oven.

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3. How To Make Bread Stuffing (Dressing) for Thanksgiving

This version of classic stuffing gets a boost from sausage, chopped nuts, and diced apple. Consider it the template for further customization.

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4. Stovetop Thanksgiving Stuffing

It might remind you of the boxed mix, but this version is made from scratch and filled with all the traditional flavors you love, like onions, celery, and loads of fresh herbs.

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5. Classic Sage & Onion Bread Dressing (Stuffing)

If your ideal Thanksgiving feast is all about filling the table with the classic sides you know and love, this sage- and onion-scented stuffing is for you.

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6. Grilled Bread Dressing with Cranberries and Leeks

Inspired by Zuni Cafe's roast chicken, the base of this rustic stuffing is grilled bread. It's a simple twist on the classic, and one bite will have you wondering why you haven't been grilling the bread for your stuffing all along.

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7. Gluten-Free Cornbread and Mushroom Stuffing

No need to skip the stuffing if gluten isn't your thing — just reach for a gluten-friendly cornbread instead.

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8. Eggo Waffle Stuffing

Inspired by Stranger Things, this fun and quirky stuff channels Eleven's love for Eggo waffles. This is the side that will win Friendsgiving.

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9. Everything Bagel Stuffing

Bagels are for more than just breakfast. This stuffing recipe relies on everything bagels, so no extra spices are needed to season the dish.

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10. Sicilian Meatball Stuffing

Made with a base of ground veal and beef, breadcrumbs, and grated Parmesan, this meatball-inspired stuffing will bring an unexpected twist to the side dish lineup.

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11. Cuban Meaty Potato Stuffing Recipe

Inspired by papas rellenas (meat-stuffed potato balls), this Cuban-American stuffing swaps the classic cubed bread with potatoes. And yes, it's gluten-free.

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12. Southern-Style Cornbread Dressing

If you're looking for an indulgent stuffing, this classic Southern-style cornbread version has you covered.

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