The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing and Dressing Recipes

Martha's Cornbread Dressing on a white plate
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Allrecipes has loads of top-rated stuffing and dressing recipes, covering every conceivable taste preference. From bread stuffings to gluten-free dressings made with cornbread, rice, or quinoa; from oyster to mushroom stuffings; from sausage stuffing to vegetarian dressings; we could go on! So, we've scoured our Thanksgiving stuffing and dressing recipe to bring you (arguably) the best of the best. Read on for classic, traditional stuffing recipes as well as exciting, even unexpected taste combos.

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Stuffing of Champions

scoop of Stuffing of Champions
Baking Nana

"This is a great homemade stuffing recipe that is very easy and fun for the whole family," says MEG1014. "My mom used to include my sisters and I in the breaking of the bread. It has become a great family tradition. Stuffing not used in the bird may be cooked with the gizzards. For variety, mix in a pound of sausage or raisins when cooking the onions and celery."

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Rice Stuffing with Apples, Herbs, and Bacon

Rice Stuffing with Apples, Herbs, and Bacon in a white oval dish

A blend of two rices combine with dried mixed herbs, dried fruit, and bacon. "This is by far the best stuffing recipe I have ever had,' says REDHEADEDMYSTERY. "It is very unique and the flavors are so delicious! Serve this up for Thanksgiving and your guests will be asking for the recipe!"

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Awesome Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing

Awesome Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing

Here's a tasty fruited stuffing with freshly toasted bread cubes, turkey sausage, chopped apples, and dried cranberry cranberries. "This Thanksgiving stuffing is fantastic," says Stacy M. Polcyn. "It is very flavorful and fresh-tasting. This recipe will stuff a 10-pound turkey plus extra. I replaced the usual pork sausage with much healthier turkey sausage. Other dried fruits may also be used in place of cranberries."

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Martha's Cornbread Dressing

Martha's Cornbread Dressing on a white plate

Cornbread, biscuits, aromatic veggies, cream of chicken soup, and seasonings are mixed with cooked chicken or turkey meat. "A truly 'Deep South' cornbread dressing," says Kim Benton. "My mom's, of course!"

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Bread and Celery Stuffing

Bread and Celery Stuffing with gravy
wannabe chefette

A simple classic, this basic bread stuffing incorporates lots of chopped celery, onion, and simple seasonings. "Everyone loved this at Thanksgiving dinner," says MELODYYOON. "It's very tasty and extremely simple, which helps when you've got homemade cornbread, pumpkin pie, and the turkey to cook."

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Chestnut Stuffing

Large spoonful of chestnut stuffing on blue background
Allrecipes Magazine

Chestnuts add a distinct flavor to this simple bread stuffing. "I have had this stuffing every Thanksgiving my entire life," says KBROWN26. "It is truly a family tradition. Trust me, this is the best stuffing you'll ever taste! Thanks goes out to my Nana, the best cook in the Midwest!"

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Pecan and Apricot Sourdough Bread Stuffing

Pecan and Apricot Sourdough Bread Stuffing on a white plate
Chef John

Sourdough bread mixes it up with rubbed sage, herbs de provence, dried apricots, and pecans. "This savory stuffing is a little tangy and a little sweet," says Chef John. "And it's so easy to make that you won't have to wait for a holiday to enjoy this dish with your family."

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Gluten-Free Bomb-Diggity Stuffing

Gluten-Free Bomb-Diggity Stuffing in a skillet
Buckwheat Queen

"This stuffing is so tasty, and I can't wait to make it for everyone at Thanksgiving," says melaniecarr23. "I did this as a test experiment to see if I could make stuffing that would not make my love miss the bagged wheat-based stuffing. I also wanted it to be so good even our wheat-eating friends wouldn't be able to tell. I think it succeeded! Bake outside the bird or use to stuff a turkey."

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Old-Fashioned Cracker Dressing

Old-Fashioned Cracker Dressing on a white plate
Chef John

"This old-fashioned dressing is a great side dish for the Thanksgiving or alongside roast chicken," says Chef John. "Made with saltine crackers, celery, onions, and herbs, it's simple and satisfying."

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Old Fashioned Giblet Stuffing

Old Fashioned Giblet Stuffing with turkey on a white plate

Let's go back to old-school style, with an old-fashioned giblet stuffing. You'll saute the giblets in butter with celery and onion and toss with day-old bread. "I had always tossed the giblets in the trash," says Victoria68, "but am really glad I tried this. I stuffed mine in the turkey then transferred it to a casserole and heated it in the oven so the top would be crispy. Delicious!"

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Pineapple Stuffing

Pineapple Stuffing with a pineapple in the background
Jade Messina

This scrumptious pineapple stuffing is great with ham or turkey. The sweet taste of pineapple is a terrific counterpoint to salty, savory flavors. "This was delicious and almost too easy!" raves Jen F. "I made it two nights in a row - once for my family and once for another family and reviews were great!"

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Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Wild Mushroom Stuffing on a wooden spoon
Allrecipes Magazine

"The stuffing of the Pacific Northwest," says Christine. "You can fill your turkey with this stuffing, or bake it separately." This wild mushroom country stuffing features egg bread, hazelnuts, fresh herbs, and a mix of mushrooms: shiitake, crimini, and dried porcini.

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Oyster and Cornbread Dressing

Oyster and Cornbread Dressing in a pan with a serving on a plate

"Each year I am asked to make this wonderful dressing. The recipe has been in my family for years. Chopped oysters and chicken broth make it very moist and flavorful. For an even more moist dressing, use more chicken broth." — DUNCANS FAVORITES

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Quinoa Stuffing

Quinoa Stuffing on a spoon
Allrecipes Magazine

Healthy eaters, rejoice. Here's another gluten-free, vegetarian stuffing. "It was a big hit even among those who are gluten lovers," Rachel Bank says. "I had many recipe requests!"

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Minnesota Wild Rice Dressing

Minnesota Wild Rice Dressing in a bowl with a wooden spoon
Juan Carlos

Minnesota is wild-rice country. Here, wild rice mix combines with ground sausage, water chestnuts, and sliced mushrooms.

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