Top Stuffing and Dressing Recipes and Cooking Tips

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    28 Stuffing and Dressing Recipes and Tips

    Dressing or Stuffing
    Bowl of homemade dressing for a holiday dinner. Diana Rattray

    Everyone loves a moist delicious stuffing or dressing, whether it's cooked inside the bird, in a baking pan, in the slow cooker, or on the stovetop. Dressing can be made with bread or cornbread and lends itself to all kinds of flavor variations. Mashed or chopped vegetables or dried fruit are often added to dressing for flavor and color, and browned sausage can add extra moisture. 

    If you decide to cook the dressing in the bird, make sure you follow safe handling guidelines. A stuffed turkey or...MORE chicken must be roasted until the stuffing is fully cooked. Even if the turkey breast or thigh registers 165 F (74 C), if the center of the dressing has not reached that temperature, it must cook until the stuffing is done. And don't remove the stuffing from the turkey before it's done because that could contaminate the turkey. 

    Let the turkey rest for 20 minutes before you remove the stuffing and carve the bird.

    As with any hot food, refrigerate leftovers in shallow covered containers within 2 hours of cooking.

    Choose from a variety of stuffing and dressing recipes below, along with a few casseroles and some stuffing and leftover safety tips.

     

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    Moist Sausage Dressing

    Sausage Stuffing
    Sausage Stuffing. Diana Rattray

     Sausage, onion, and celery give this bread dressing great flavor. Use fresh or canned chicken stock in this recipe along with fresh herbs if you have them.

    Moist Sausage Dressing

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    Andouille Sausage Cornbread Dressing

    Andouille Sausage Cornbread Dressing
    Cornbread dressing with spicy andouille sausage. Diana Rattray

     Spicy smoked andouille sausage adds a Cajun twist to this lively cornbread dressing. Use the dressing as a side dish with turkey, pork, ham, or chicken.

    Andouille Sausage Cornbread Dressing

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    Southern Cornbread and Oyster Dressing

    Oyster Dressing
    Oysters and their liquid moisten and flavor this Southern dressing. Brian Hagiwara Photolibrary/Getty Images

    If you oyster have just a few oyster lovers in the family, make a pan of this dressing just for them.

    Southern Cornbread and Oyster Dressing

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    Basic Bread Stuffing

    Basic Bread Dressing or Stuffing
    Basic Stuffing. Maren Caruso/ Taxi/Getty Images

    This is a versatile stuffing, and there are many possible flavor additions. Consider adding sausage, mushrooms, cranberries, or diced apples to the dressing.

    Basic Bread Stuffing

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    Basic Cornbread Dressing With Variations

    Basic Cornbread Dressing
    Basic Cornbread Dressing. Diana Rattray

     Cornbread dressing is an essential item on the Southern holiday dinner menu. Since the dressing is basic, it's open to all kinds of variations. That is not to say it needs variations. It's delicious as it is!

    Basic Cornbread Dressing With Variations

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    Easy Crock Pot Cornbread and Sausage Dressing

    Dressing in the Slow Cooker
    Stuffing in the Slow Cooker. Diana Rattray

     Slow cooking makes this a moist and flavorful dressing or stuffing. Add  some diced apple to this dressing for more moisture and flavor.

    Easy Crock Pot Cornbread and Sausage Dressing​

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    Bread Dressing for Chicken or Game Hens

    Dressing or Stuffing
    Dressing. Diana Rattray

     This classic dressing for chicken is an excellent side dish to serve with roasted or baked chicken, cornish hens, or turkey. It goes well with roast pork or chops as well.

    Bread Dressing for Chicken or Game Hens

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    Easy Crock Pot Cornbread Dressing

    Crock Pot Cornbread Dressing
    Crock Pot Cornbread Dressing. Diana Rattray

     This crock pot dressing is made with equal parts cornbread and toasted bread cubes.  Condensed soup makes the cornbread incredibly moist, and the soup adds extra flavor.

    Easy Crock Pot Cornbread Dressing

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    Crock Pot Bread and Cornbread Dressing

    Thanksgiving stuffing at the table
    sf_foodphoto / Getty Images

    The bread and cornbread combination yields a moist dressing with just enough texture, and the slow cooker makes it very easy to fix and cook. The slow cooker frees the oven up for more important things.

    Easy Crock Pot Bread and Cornbread Dressing

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    Homemade Stuffing Mix

    Homemade Top of the Stove Stuffing Mix
    Homemade Stuffing Mix. Photo: Diana Rattray

     Make this stuffing crumb mixture to have on hand any time you need dressing. It's convenient and easy! Make this as a stuffing for the bird or make it and serve it with pork or ham.

    Homemade Stuffing Mix

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    Oyster Dressing for Turkey

    Oyster Dressing
    Oyster Dressing. Dennis Gottlieb/Photolibrary/Getty Images

     This bread dressing is filled with little oysters for the oyster-lovers in your family.. 

    Oyster Dressing for Turkey

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    Old-Fashioned Giblet Dressing

    Dressing
    Dennis Gottlieb Photolibrary/Getty Images

     This old-fashioned Southern dressing is made with giblets and hard-boiled eggs.

    Old-Fashioned Giblet Dressing

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    Classic Southern Cornbread Dressing

    Cornbread Dressing
    Cornbread Dressing. Jonelle Weaver/Photolibrary/Getty

     This home-style cornbread recipe is made the classic, old-fashioned way with fresh cornbread crumbs and optional diced chicken.

    Classic Southern Cornbread Dressing

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    Sausage and Apple Dressing With Cranberries

    Stuffing with Cranberries
    Stuffing with Cranberries. James Baigrie/The Image Bank/Getty Images

     Chopped apples and cranberries give this sausage dressing fabulous fall flavor. Add pecan halves to the dressing for extra crunch.

    Sausage and Apple Dressing With Cranberries

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    Turkey Stuffing With Chopped Apples

    Roasted turkey on platter with dressing
    Roast turkey with dressing. Jose Luis Pelaez Inc / Getty Images

     This basic turkey stuffing is made with chopped apples and optional pecans for extra flavor and texture. It's a delicious turkey stuffing recipe for your holiday dinner table.

    Turkey Stuffing With Chopped Apples

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    Turkey Basics: Stuffing the Bird Safely

    Stuffed Turkey
    Stuffed Turkey. Tetra Images/Getty Images

     Cooking stuffing in a separate baking dish is safer and ensures the stuffing will cook fully and evenly. If cooking the stuffing in the turkey, here are some guidelines to follow.

    Turkey Basics: Stuffing the Bird Safely

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    Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

    Turkey Dressing
    Turkey Dressing. Charles Islander / Getty Images

     This is an excellent day-after-the-holiday dish. Leftover stuffing and gravy are baked with turkey and cranberry sauce.

    Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

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    Slow Cooker Chicken and Stuffing with Swiss Cheese

    Chicken and Dressing With Cheese
    Chicken and Dressing With Cheese. Diana Rattray

     This easy slow cooker chicken and stuffing is a simple yet flavorful dish. The swiss cheese and stuffing make it a satisfying meal.

    Slow Cooker Chicken and Stuffing with Swiss Cheese

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    Chicken and Dressing Casserole

    Chicken and Dressing Casserole
    Chicken and Dressing Casserole. Diana Rattray

    This popular chicken and dressing casserole is a snap to fix with condensed soups and stuffing crumbs. Just combine the ingredients and pop it in the oven to bake! The optional cheese topping is a nice finishing touch,.

    Chicken and Dressing Casserole

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    Slow Cooker Chicken and Dressing

    Slow Cooker Chicken and Dressing Casserole
    Slow Cooker Chicken and Dressing Casserole. Diana Rattray

     Cheddar cheese, stuffing mix, and diced cooked chicken make this dish simple and convenient. And the slow cooker makes it nearly hands-free!

    Slow Cooker Chicken and Dressing

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    Pork Chop and Dressing Casserole With Cranberries

    Pork Chops With Dressing
    Pork Chops With Dressing. Diana Rattray

     This easy pork chop and dressing casserole is flavored with a little cranberry sauce or cranberry relish. It's a tasty dish to serve any night of the week.

    Pork Chop and Dressing Casserole With Cranberries

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    Debbie's Crockpot Chicken and Stuffing

    Slow Cooker Chicken and Dressing
    Slow Cooker Chicken and Dressing. Diana Rattray

     This tasty 4-ingredient casserole is cooked in the slow cooker. It's a mixture of stuffing mix, chicken breasts, and condensed soup.

    Debbie's Crock Pot Chicken and Stuffing

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    Easy Stuffed Pork Loin

    Easy Stuffed Pork Loin
    Easy Stuffed Pork Loin with Cranberries. Diana Rattray

     Seasoned stuffing mix makes this pork roast extra-special, and dried cranberries give it a burst of flavor.

    Easy Stuffed Pork Loin

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    Whole Stuffed Chicken

    whole stuffed chicken
    Diana Rattray

    This stuffed whole chicken makes a delicious Sunday dinner with mashed potatoes and avegetable side dish.

    Whole Stuffed Chicken