Thanksgiving Dressing Recipes

No Turkey Is Complete Without It

Thanksgiving dressing recipes run the gamut from ultra simple to time consuming, and both have their advantages. If serving Thanksgiving dinner is a daunting task for you, there's nothing wrong with using a little shortcut when it comes to the turkey stuffing. If you're a stickler for old-school meticulousness, then head for our completely-from-scratch recipes. Either way, juices from the star of the traditional Thanksgiving menu—the turkey—will impart heavenly flavor to whichever Thanksgiving dressing recipe you go with.


Stovetop Stuffing® Base

stuffed turkey on a platter surrounded by fall fruit

I know, seems almost sacrilegious to talk about a boxed stuffing mix for a traditional holiday like Thanksgiving. But I gotta tell you, Kraft's Stovetop Stuffing® is delicious, particularly when you pack it in the bird and let it soak up all those turkey juices.

The formula is simple: prepare the dressing according to the directions on the box (pay attention to how much you need to make based on the size of your turkey). Then either use it as is, or add one or two of the following to jazz it up before spooning it into the turkey cavity:

  • chopped sautéed onion
  • dried cranberries
  • chopped carrots
  • chopped walnuts
  • chopped green apples
  • chopped dried apricots
  • raisins

Traditional Dressing

turkey dressing in a red serving dish

You can never go wrong with an old-fashioned traditional Thanksgiving dressing recipe. This is the way my mom makes her stuffing each year.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups celery, chopped
  • 1 cup butter
  • 9 cups bread cubes
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Sautée the onion and celery until soft.
  2. Place the bread cubes in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  3. Add the sautéed vegetables. Mix well.
  4. Stuff the turkey just before cooking.
  5. Cook any stuffing separately that does not fit in the turkey. Place remaining stuffing in a lightly greased baking pan and cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes.
  6. Makes 9 cups.

Apple Cranberry Walnut Stuffing

You know the spiffy ingredients suggested above for adding flair to a Stovetop Stuffing® base? Well, some of those ingredients are just natural complements. Apples, cranberries, and walnuts fall in that category. These sweet and tart flavors are a wonderful Thanksgiving dressing recipe trio.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1-1/2 sticks of butter or margarine
  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrots, chopped finely
  • 1-1/2 cups peeled and chopped apples
  • 6 cups bread cubes
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Sautée onions, celery, and carrots in butter just until soft.
  2. Add the chopped apples, cranberries, and walnuts to pan. Sautée for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add bread cubes and remaining ingredients. Gently mix all ingredients together just until uniformly moist. If stuffing is too dry, add a small amount of chicken broth. If stuffing is too wet, add some more bread cubes.
  4. Stuff the turkey just before cooking.
  5. Cook any stuffing separately that does not fit in the turkey. Place remaining stuffing in a lightly greased baking pan and cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour.
  6. Makes 6 cups.

Mushroom Chestnut Stuffing

For those who revel in savory flavors rather than sweet, this Thanksgiving dressing recipe is perfect. Mushrooms and chestnuts give your dressing a rich flavor that marries well with your golden turkey.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 stick of butter or margarine
  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrots, chopped
  • 6 cups bread cubes
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 (4 oz) can mushrooms, drained and chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups canned chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Sautée onions, celery, and carrots in butter just until soft.
  2. Add mushrooms and chestnuts to pan. Sautée for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add parsley, sage, and poultry seasoning to mixture in pan and sautée for approximately 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Place bread cubes in a large bowl. Add vegetable mixture to bowl. Add beaten eggs, salt, and pepper. Gently mix all ingredients together.
  5. Stuff the turkey just before cooking.
  6. Cook any stuffing separately that does not fit in the turkey. Place remaining stuffing in a lightly greased baking pan and cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes.
  7. Makes 6 cups.


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