Thanksgiving Start to Finish: Delicious Stuffing Recipes

  • 01 of 05

    Delicious Stuffing Recipes

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    My Great-Grandmother's Stuffing. Linda Larsen

    Stuffing is essential to the Thanksgiving meal. It wouldn't be the quintessential American holiday without this course! Stuffing is usually a mixture of bread, vegetables, eggs, and broth, seasoned simply with salt, pepper, and herbs, then stuffed into the turkey. But you can also make this course in the slow cooker or in the oven (in which case it's called "dressing").

    This recipe for My Great-Grandmother's Stuffing is the first stuffing I ever tasted, so I think it's the best. But...MORE everyone I serve it to loves it too! There have been many converts to this recipe over the years. My great-grandmother invented it about 150 years ago. It's a sweet dressing, which is a little disconcerting at first, but as you eat it the flavor becomes addictive. 

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  • 02 of 05

    Chestnut Stuffing

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    Chestnut Stuffing. Linda Larsen

    I had always heard of stuffing made with chestnuts, but I never tried it until a few years ago. Chestnuts are the classic holiday nut. They are tender and nutty with an almost creamy texture. I buy canned chestnuts that are already peeled for simplicity's sake. Look for brands that have nothing in them but chestnuts and water.

    This recipe uses two kinds of bread, marjoram, thyme, and poultry seasoning, and lots of onion and garlic. It's simply superb.

    Chestnut Stuffing

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  • 03 of 05

    Five Ingredient Stuffing

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    Five Ingredient Stuffing. Linda Larsen

    Most stuffing recipes have a long list of ingredients. Not this one! This simple recipe uses stuffing mix bread cubes that are preseason, along with onion cooked in butter, and dried cranberries. It's elegant and simple.

    Five Ingredient Stuffing

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  • 04 of 05

    Cornbread Cranberry Stuffing

    Cornbread Cranberry Stuffing
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    I first read about using cornbread in a stuffing in Laurie Colwin's wonderful book Home Cooking. That sounded delicious to me, but I didn't want a savory stuffing. Dried cranberries to the rescue again! Paired with a chopped apple, applesauce, onion, garlic, and bacon, this is a dressing to savor.

    Cornbread Cranberry Stuffing

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  • 05 of 05

    Traditional Crockpot Stuffing

    Traditional Crockpot Stuffing
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    And finally, a traditional stuffing for those who don't live to swerve from the classics. This is a basic recipe that you can dress up as you'd like. Add more vegetables or different types of bread or your own favorite seasonings. It cooks in the slow cooker, which is great if you are grilling your turkey or cooking one from frozen.

    Traditional Crockpot Stuffing