Are you keeping your Thanksgiving turkey stuffing classic or are you looking for stuffing recipes with creative twist to it this year? Check out these stunning 20 best stuffing recipes for more inspiration!
So it must be that time of the years again…
If you start googling for Thanksgiving turkey stuffing recipes!
Not always sure what to do with that leftover turkey?
Then you should also check out my 20 best leftover turkey recipes roundup!
So stuffing it is.
Whether it is Thanksgiving or Christmas…
Oven roast turkey is a classic meal! And it comes with the usual trimmings and sides such as gravy, mashed potatoes, (hate it or not) green bean casseroles and cranberry sauce!
Am I not forgetting something here?
The turkey stuffing of course!
Do you have a personal stuffing recipe? Perhaps a family recipe that has been passed on for generations and generations?
Stuffing recipes also differ from region to region, depending on what ingredients and produce it at hand.
Classic Turkey Stuffing
Do you know the purpose of stuffing turkey?
Here is why.
Stuffing consists of bread. And that bread soaks up flavors and juices. Since that bread stuffing is put inside a turkey, it will soak up all those lovely turkey juices while it is roasting in the oven.
There is catch though.
If your turkey is not cooked fully, there is a risk that those turkey juices and the bread stuffing still contain bacteria. So make sure that your turkey is cooked all the way through at the right temperature!
Also put the stuffing inside the turkey right before you cook it. Don’t prep the turkey a day iahead to reduce the risk of bacteria settling into the bread stuffing.
And what about leftovers then?
Once your turkey dinner is finished, make sure to remove the bread stuffing from the turkey before you put the leftovers in the fridge.
Hey, leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas roast turkey in your fridge? Here are the 20 best leftover turkey recipes to make!
Get creative with leftovers.
Stuffing versus Dressing
So to reduce the risk of a contaminated bread stuffing…
People have found another way to make the stuffing: in a baking dish!
Technically oven baked stuffing is called dressing.
Did you know that?
I learned something new today!
What do you do? Stuff your turkey or make an oven baked dressing?
Let me know in the comment section below!
Thanksgiving & Christmas
Like with all my other roundup recipe posts, the recipes featured on this stuffing recipes collection come from other fellow food bloggers. So credits for all the pictures, recipes and hard work go to them of course.
I added plenty of links to every single recipe, so that you are immediately directed to the right website and recipe!
Are you keeping your Thanksgiving turkey stuffing classic or are you looking for stuffing recipes with creative twist to it this year?
Check out these stunning 20 best stuffing recipes for more inspiration.
Are you ready?
Here we go…
20 Best Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes
1. Classic Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing (Averie Cooks)
Oh well, why not kick this best Thanksgiving stuffing recipes roundup off with a classic!
And I find what I need over at Averie Cooks! Just look at this delicious looking traditional Thanksgiving stuffing!
Here is what Averie says about her stuffing recipes: “This is my traditional Thanksgiving stuffing recipes, and it is nothing frilly or trendy. Just a classic, delicious and super simple to make turkey stuffing that everyone will love! It contains everyday ingredients but the result is fabulous! My all time favorite go to recipe!”
Thank you so much, Averie!
2. Cranberry Walnut Apple Turkey Stuffing (Ahead of Thyme)
Next up in this stuffing recipes roundup…
If you love apples, cranberries and walnuts, then you will definitely love this recipe as well! Sam is the food blogger and creator behind it, she runs a blog by the name of Ahead of Thyme.
And Sam says: “I love the combination of those sweet and savory flavors. And this turkey stuffing will show you why it works so well. Cranberry walnut bread and sautéed apples, onions and rosemary? This is what your holiday dinner table needs! Do try out my cranberry walnut apple stuffing!”
Thank you so much Sam!
3. Apple, Bacon & Fennel Turkey Stuffing (Foxes Love Lemons)
Do you like fresh fennel?
If so, then here is a stuffing recipes that you should try out! This fennel stuffing from Lori also contains apple and bacon! I found it on her blog called Foxes Love Lemons.
And here is what Lori says about her recipe: “This stuffing highlights my love for the combination of sweet and savory ingredients. That bacon works perfectly with the crunchy and sweet Michigan Gala apples. These are the perfect apples to cook with by the way. If you like the anise flavor of fresh fennel then this is hands down the stuffing you want to try out.”
Thank you so much Lori!
4. Southern Cornbread Turkey Stuffing (Dinner At The Zoo)
Sara over at Dinner At The Zoo has a fantastic recipe: her Southern cornbread stuffing! And it looks absolutely amazing…
Here is what Sara says: “This classic Southern cornbread stuffing is a must for every Thanksgiving family dinner table. It contains celery, onions, homemade cornbread, white bread and lots of herbs. You will love this one if you love cornbread. This stuffing is rich and addictive, the perfect Thanksgiving recipe in other words!”
Thank you so much Sara!
5. Fruit, Nut & Rice Turkey Stuffing (Schwartz)
Well I learned something new.
Stuffing doesn’t always contain bread or breadcrumbs.
Apparently rice stuffing is also a thing!
I found this next rice stuffing recipes over at Schwartz. And it contains rice, apricots, almonds and raisins.
Excellent idea, thanks for this!
6. Mushroom & Herb Bread Turkey Stuffing Recipes (The Delicious Spoon)
How are you liking these stuffing recipes so far?
Five down, fifteen to go! What do you think of this mushroom and herb bread stuffing from Alisa? She has a blog called The Delicious Spoon.
Let’s see what Alisa says about her stuffing recipes: “Earthy flavors are what you get with this mushroom and herb bread stuffing! You decide whether you want to prepare it in the oven or stuff it into a turkey. This bread stuffing is a great side dish all year round, not only for a Thanksgiving dinner!”
Thank you so much Alisa!
7. Gluten Free Turkey Stuffing (The Wooden Skillet)
I thought that a gluten free stuffing recipe would also be helpful for many of you.
And I found a smashing looking gluten free stuffing recipe over at The Wooden Skillet, a blog run by Erin Jensen.
Erin says this about it: “Thanksgiving without stuffing, no! This gluten free stuffing is packed with many lovely flavors such as sage, butter and a rich broth! This recipe makes a generous portion, the leftovers are just as good!”
Thank you so much Erin!
8. Slow Cooker Apple And Sausage Turkey Stuffing (Country Cleaver)
If you have a slow cooker, then here is a recipe for you.
I like the sound of this stuffing recipe: slow cooker apple and sausage stuffing! This is a recipe that I found over at Country Cleaver, a website filled with loads of great ideas by blogger Megan.
Megan says this about her slow cooker stuffing: “The weather in autumn is changing and it is getting a little cold and rainy. That is when I start craving comfort holiday food. And the I say comfort holiday food, then stuffing is always on my mind. Make this easy slow cooker apple sausage stuffing while you focus on cooking the turkey, stress free!”
Thank you so much Megan!
9. Sticky Rice Turkey Stuffing – A Chinese Inspired Thanksgiving Recipe (Omnivore’s Cookbook)
Are you in for a little fusion cooking?
This is a creative take on the classic stuffing: Maggie’s Chinese style sticky rice stuffing! You can find this recipe on her blog called Omnivore’s Cookbook.
And Maggie says this about her recipe: “This rich, savory and buttery sticky rice stuffing contains sweet Chinese sausage, smoky mushrooms and water chestnuts. This mixture with butter and soy sauce will without a doubt add an exotic spiced touch to your classic Thanksgiving dinner this year.”
Thank you so much Maggie!
10. Spicy Chorizo And Sage Cornbread Turkey Stuffing (Boulder Locavore)
I have known food blogger Tony Dash for years.
Her recipes regularly appear in my Twitter feed. And that is also how I came across her spicy chorizo and sage cornbread stuffing, on her blog Boulder Locavore.
Let’s see what Tony says about her stuffing recipes: “This spicy chorizo and sage cornbread stuffing is so addictive and irresistible. So why only serve it for Thanksgiving! This stuffing is packed with flavor coming from the spicy chorizo, the fresh sage and thyme, soft cornbread, garlic, onion and more. You will love this recipe.”
Thank you so much Tony!
11. Savory Caramelized Onion Croissant Turkey Stuffing (Little Spice Jar)
Stuffing usually contains bread.
But how about adding something different instead? Have you ever thought of adding croissants? Well then here is a recipe that you might want to try out… Marzia’s savory caramelized onion croissant stuffing on her website called Little Spice Jar!
And she says: “A classic stuffing usually contains traditional ingredients such as celery, aromatics, chicken stock and also day old or stale or toasted bread or cornbread. This time I decided to use croissants to make today’s stuffing recipes instead. Why? Croissants contain a good amount of butter which without a doubt makes them perfect for a savory stuffing.”
Thank you so much Marzia!
12. Bacon Beer Cheese Turkey Stuffing (Homemade Hooplah)
Oh you re going to like the sound of this next stuffing recipes!
A bacon and beer cheese stuffing? Awesome! Credits for this creation go to Crisy who is the blogger behind a blog called Homemade Hooplah.
And Crisp says: “Let’s step up our game this year with this lush bacon and beer cheese stuffing! It is so easy to prepare. I made a classic stuffing and just added a beer, bacon and cheddar cheese to it. Preparing food for big holiday dinners can be stressful when you don’t have lots of time. This stuffing is perfect because you can make it ahead!”
Thank you so much Crisy!
13. Vegetarian Pecan, Fig and Pear Turkey Stuffing (Mantitlement)
Let’s throw in some fruit recipes as well!
And Dan over at Mantitlement has just what I was looking for: this beautiful vegetarian pecan, fig and pear stuffing!
Here is what Dan says about this recipe: “My fig and pear stuffing recipes with crunchy pecans will please everyone! Just image those baked figs and pears, add to that the earthy flavors of the pecans. So satisfying! Yes, this is an easy Thanksgiving stuffing that is also vegetarian as well.”
Thank you so much Dan!
14. Cranberry Glazed Butterflied Turkey with Pork, Pistachio and Cranberry Turkey Stuffing Balls (Food In A Minute)
Instead of a stuffing casserole, how about making a couple of stuffing meatballs’?
I found this lush looking recipe on a website called Food In A Minute.
And here is what the folks behind it say about their Kiwi take on a traditional Thanksgiving Christmas turkey dinner: “You prepare this recipe on the BBQ! A delicious cranberry butterflied turkey covered in a Wattie’s cranberry sauce BBQ glaze. Serve it with pork, pistachio and cranberry stuffing balls. A fine dinner that will be a crowd pleaser!”
Thank you so much for this gorgeous recipe!
15. Pancetta Chestnut Turkey Stuffing (Simply Whisked)
Do you like chestnuts?
Then read on, because Melissa has just the perfect stuffing recipes for you! What do you think of this pancetta and chestnut stuffing over at Simply Whisked?
And here is what Melissa says about it: “My delicious pancetta and chestnut stuffing is great for all your Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey dinners. It is also dairy free and you can easily make it in advance for a stress free dinner.”
Thank you so much Melissa!
16. Saranello’s Focaccia Turkey Stuffing with Italian Sausage (Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises)
What do we have here?
Another one of those stuffing recipes to try out! This time with Italian sausage and focaccia.
I found it over at Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE). And this is what the folks behind it say: “You will love Saranello’s delicious focaccia stuffing with Italian sausage. The spiced Italian sausage goes so well with the other ingredients such as carrots, celery, onions, turkey stock and Italian focaccia bread.”
Thank you so much for the inspiration!
17. Butternut Squash, Andouille and Herb Turkey Stuffing (Spoon Fork Bacon)
Do you like butternut squash?
Then you will love this butternut squash, andouille and herb stuffing from Teri and Jenny over at Spoon Fork Bacon!
Here is what they say about it: “We love the butternut squash. This is one of our favorite stuffing recipes: cheesy butternut squash, andouille and herb stuffing. The combination of that crispy bread on top and then moist inside is to die for. That creamy butternut squash is so soft!”
Thank you so much for this recipe, Teri and Jenny!
18. Sheet Pan Bread Turkey Stuffing with Sausage And Spinach (Katie’s Cucina)
My favorite type of stuffing contains sausage meat.
And that is why I like the sound of Katie’s sausage and spinach stuffing so much! She runs a blog called Katie’s Cucina.
And she says this: “It is November which means that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. And therefore I am excited to share this recipe with you for a lush sheet pan bread stuffing with sausage and spinach. It is so easy to make and so flavorful as well!”
Thank you so much Katie!
19. Caramelized French Onion Soup Turkey Stuffing (Whole And Heavenly Oven)
Now this one immediately grabbed my attention!
What do you think of this caramelized French onion soup stuffing? Credits for this recipe go to Sarah who is behind Whole And Heavenly Oven.
Here is what she says about her stuffing recipes: “This stuffing recipe starts off as if you would make a classic French onion soup but then without the soup! In it go a bunch of caramelised onions, a little wine and a strong beef broth as a flavor base. Add to that some chopped up French bread, herbs and a couple of eggs. Put it all in a baking dish and sprinkle it with Swiss cheese. Delicious!”
Thank you so much Sarah!
20. Pretzel Bread, Beer, Bacon and Apple Turkey Stuffing (Noble Pig)
And here is the last one of our stuffing recipes roundup!
Last but not least. A pretzel bread, beer, bacon and apple stuffing from Cathy who is behind a website called Noble Pig.
And Cathy says: “Get creative with your stuffing by just adding another type of bread to it this year. If you love pretzel bread, then you will love this stuffing recipes. Pretzel, beer and bacon. The apples and cherries add a nice bit of sweetness to it as well. Try it!”
Thank you so much Cathy!