13 Recipes That Start With Stuffing Mix

Sausage and Apple Stuffing in a red dish
Photo: lutzflcat

We're all about making things as simple as possible on Thanksgiving day. Between basting the turkey, making sure the pumpkin pie sets, and ensuring that the sides are all done at the same time, pulling apart bread for making stuffing may seem like a tedious task. That's why we've rounded together the best recipes that use pre-made stuffing mix. Dressed up with flavorful ingredients like sausage, apples, and even seafood, these unique recipes are equal parts delicious and easy. Plus we have some quick dinner casseroles — complete meals that start with stuffing mix!

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Instant Pot® Traditional Dressing

Thanksgiving dressing in a white bowl

Keep your stovetop and oven free for cooking other dishes with this handy Instant Pot version of dressing. You'd never guess it's from pre-made stuffing mix once celery, onions, spices, and chicken broth are added.

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Quickest Oyster Dressing EVER!

Quickest Oyster Dressing EVER in a white dish
Soup Loving Nicole

You can have this dressing on the dinner table in just over half an hour. The dry cornbread mix is perfect for soaking up all the oyster sauce.

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Green Chile Meatloaf

Green Chile Meatloaf
Cody Lowry

A cup of chicken-flavored stuffing mix and canned chopped green chilies are the secret ingredients in this meatloaf with a New Mexican twist.

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Easiest Sausage Stuffing

sausage stuffing in a white bowl

"This hack on boxed stuffing is so easy but so good that your guests will think you made it from scratch," says recipe creator fabeveryday. "Ground sausage with sage adds an especially nice flavor, but you can make this with any mild ground breakfast sausage."

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Brian's Easy Stuffed Flounder

Brian's Easy Stuffed Flounder

This baked flounder recipe starts with a package of chicken-flavored dry bread stuffing mix, which combines with lump crabmeat, small shrimp, and seasonings. It's ready in less than an hour.

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Easy Chorizo Stuffing

Easy Chorizo Stuffing on a blue plate

Switch up your typical stuffing side with the addition of spicy chorizo. It's such a flavorful recipe that no one will believe it only requires five ingredients.

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Pork Loin Chops with Cherry-Apple Stuffing

Pork Loin Chops with Cherry-Apple Stuffing

Dried tart cherries, chopped walnuts, and a package of herb-seasoned dry bread stuffing mix combine to be the perfect companion for baked pork chops. "Pork and tart dried cherries make a great meal for a cool fall evening," says Bibi. "Prepare your salad or other side while this casserole finishes in the oven."

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Instant Pot® Sausage Dressing

Instant Pot Sausage Dressing in a white dish
Soup Loving Nicole

Sweet Italian sausage and fresh parsley brighten up the taste of this dressing, while water chestnuts add a distinct crunchiness. Reviewer Brandon Kondracki says, "Great recipe. Saves space in the kitchen, which is a bonus because this is as good as any stuffing I've ever had."

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Savannah Seafood Stuffing

Savannah Seafood Stuffing in a glass dish

Studded both with shrimp and crabmeat, this stuffing is a tasty way to put seafood on the Thanksgiving table. Recipe creator TIANA1T says this dish is extra moist, so reduce the broth if you like a fluffier stuffing.

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Rotisserie Chicken and Stuffing Casserole

Rotisserie Chicken and Stuffing Casserole
Meredith Food Studios

Quick-cooking stuffing mix combines with shredded rotisserie chicken in this simple casserole, which gets a quick kick from sour cream and cream soups. "Rotisserie chicken and the prepared quick-cook stuffing add wonderful flavor to this casserole," says CathyP. "It's yummy leftover too!"

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Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Sausage and Apple Stuffing in a red dish

Just the right balance between sweet and savory, this stuffing will be the star of your holiday meal. No water chestnuts on hand? Try using other reviewers' suggestions and swap in toasted pecans.

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Chicken Reuben Casserole

Chicken Reuben Casserole
Judy Hoes

Here's a quick-and-easy casserole that preps in just 10 minutes. A delicious casserole using simple pantry ingredients, including a package of quick-cooking stuffing mix, prepared sauerkraut, and French salad dressing.

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Easy Stuffing

Easy Stuffing in a white dish
Glenn Salsman

Recipe creator Sharon shares her secret for great stuffing, "I continue to use this easy recipe because my family kept insisting how good my stuffing was, however I always felt guilty for using the stuffing mix." Since it's such a basic recipe, you can mix and match your favorites add-ins like herbs, veggies, or meats to create a custom stuffing.

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