Whether you call it dressing or stuffing, no holiday meal is complete without this essential turkey side dish.
Alongside the steamy heap of slow cooked greens, cheesy mac and cheese, and sweet-and-tangy cranberry sauce lives a spoonful (or two) of the most delicious Thanksgiving stuffing. A special treat most enjoyed on this holiday, Thanksgiving dressing is the perfect buffer for all the other side dishes on the plate. Whether you cook it inside the turkey or make it in a casserole pan, homemade stuffing is the quintessential Thanksgiving side dish. Make it with meat, fill it with veggies, or put a standout ingredient in the recipe for a non-tradition spin. The best Thanksgiving stuffing recipe starts with a solid cornbread foundation, no matter what variation of the recipe is made. Bring family and friends together over some of our favorite Thanksgiving dressing and stuffing recipes and watch it all disappear.
Classic Cornbread Dressing
Recipe: Classic Cornbread Dressing
This classic recipe calls for homemade cornbread. That might sound like a lot of effort, but it is totally worth it. You can also make the cornbread up to two days in advance.
Herbed Wild Rice Dressing
Recipe: Herbed Wild Rice Dressing
With wild rice, apples, and walnuts, this dressing is full of flavor that many of your guests might not expect.
Pecan-Herb Cornbread Dressing
Recipe: Pecan-Herb Cornbread Dressing
Give your traditional cornbread dressing a little extra crunch with tasty pecans.
Cornbread Dressing with Sausage and Fennel
The large chunks of cornbread in this dressing go so well with mild Italian sausage and fennel.
Cornbread Dressing with Smoked Sausage and Apples
Looking for something a little different? This cornbread dressing has smoked apples and sweet apples.
Classic Bread Dressing
Recipe: Classic Bread Dressing
Try this sourdough bread dressing instead of your usual cornbread. You might have a new go-to recipe.
Mimi's Cornbread Dressing
Recipe: Mimi's Cornbread Dressing
Packaged mixes and store bought cornbread vary in sweetness and moisture; so for this savory dressing, make yours from scratch. It won’t take too long, and the result is leagues better than any store bought mixture. We guarantee that this simple buttermilk skillet version will give your dressing the best texture and flavor, satisfying even the most discerning of dressing-loving dinner guests. We know more than a few Thanksgiving day cooks who have abandoned their traditional dressing recipe, instead opting to make this delicious recipe year after year and holiday after holiday. Mimi’s Cornbread dressing is certainly a winner in our book.
Grandmother Carter's Cornbread Dressing
One of the great things about this dressing recipe is that there are parts of the recipe that you can have ready in advance. If that is something you want to do, just follow these simple directions:
Make Ahead: Start with Cornbread Crumbles. Freeze the unbaked dressing mixture in 2 (1-gal.) zip-top plastic freezer bags, making sure to press out all of the excess air. Thaw in refrigerator five days before Thanksgiving, and continue recipe with Step 4. You can also get it all together on the day of, if you like. However you prefer to enjoy it, you’ll find Grandmother Carter’s Cornbread Dressing to be moist, rich, and delicious.
Cornbread Dressing with Kale and Bacon
Think you might not like kale? This cornbread dressing with smoky bacon will change your mind.
Recipe: Chorizo-and-Cornbread Dressing
If you’re tired of traditional Thanksgiving dressing, we recommend adding some new and unexpected flavors to your dish. There is no better way to do that than with an out of the box recipe like this one for chorizo and cornbread dressing. Traditional cornbread stuffing is kicked up quite a few notches thanks to the addition of chorizo sausage—a tasty spiced meat—and the heat of jalapeño. We think this pairing adds just enough spice, plus a much needed and deliciously surprising kick, to any holiday plate. After you try this recipe, you’ll wonder how you can add chorizo and jalapeño to every dish you make in the future.
Cornbread, Chestnut, and Country Ham Dressing
This dressing combines all of our favorite ingredients that we love to use for fall and Thanksgiving dishes. It is a filling, flavorful dressing that will make even the driest turkey a stunner. This dressing implements roasted chestnuts, country ham, and bacon, all of which combine to make this dressing recipe a home run, touchdown, win. No matter what sports analogy you use, this dish is a real triumph of the dinner table. Adding the quintessential fall and winter snack, the roasted chestnut, gives this dish a toasty, smoky sensation. Even on the Florida coast, when you pull this dish out the oven and set it on the table, you can imagine that you’ve just come in from the cold, cheeks still pink from snowfall and icy wind.
This dressing incorporates the most delicious flavors of the Southern coast, adding coastal ingredients like oyster to the flavor and spice of Andouille sausage. This dressing channels New Orleans, but it’s just as at home on dinner tables in Texas and Virginia as it is on the coast of Louisiana and Mississippi. By trying this recipe, you can give your dressing an extra-savory depth of flavor. The addition of humble canned, smoked oysters makes an enormous impact, transporting you to the coast through its delicious mixture of flavors. You won’t miss your traditional cornbread stuffing recipe one bit once you take a bite of this delicious dressing concoction.
Slow-Cooker Cornbread Dressing
Recipe: Cornbread Dressing
We didn’t think making cornbread dressing could get any easier, then we came up with this slow cooker cornbread dressing recipe, which makes the process infinitely easier to prepare (and a couple of degrees more delicious too). Any time we can get out the slow cooker is an exciting time, and it gets bonus points because our favorite kitchen implement really does make a delicious cornbread dressing. Once finished cooking, spoon the cornbread dressing into pretty bowls for a lovely presentation, and for a final fragrant touch, top the dishes with fresh sage. It will complement the tender, crusty dressing just beautifully.
Creole Cornbread Dressing
Recipe: Creole Cornbread Dressing
We love a classic cornbread dressing, but sometimes your taste buds want just that little bit more. This classic cornbread dressing gets dressed up with spicy Andouille sausage, green onions, sherry, and Creole seasoning, bringing a true taste of Louisiana to this traditional Southern favorite. You will love the tastes and textures of this crumbly wonder, its crisp and crunchy top giving way to a moist center. Serve it fresh out of the oven where you can cover it in gravy and it will sop it up, or save a bowl to savor first thing in the morning. However you enjoy it, you will find this Creole Cornbread Dressing to be a wonder.
Shrimp and Grits Dressing
Recipe: Shrimp and Grits Dressing
Few things embody the true taste of the South more than a classic Shrimp and Grits, and what better way to bring the taste of the Lowcountry to your Thanksgiving table than through this incredible must-try dressing. Apart from the usual shrimp and grits, this dressing brings the flavors of breadcrumbs, bell peppers, green onions, and Parmesan cheese to the table. This may become your family’s go-to dressing, or you may find yourself making this dish at any time of the year. Everyone loves a twist on a classic, and once you taste this Shrimp and Grits Dressing you will understand why.
Recipe: Cornbread Dressing
Cornbread dressing is a traditional Southern staple, and every family loves to have a delicious homemade dressing around their Thanksgiving table. This Cornbread Dressing is simple and straightforward, with the flavors of sweet onion and celery, though you can dress it up with the add-ins and substitutions listed in the recipe—try Chorizo-and-Dried-Cherry Dressing or Fresh Corn-and Green-Chile Dressing. You can even get ahead of the process by making our Cornbread Crumbles in advance. Whether served alongside turkey, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce, or by itself right out of the fridge the next day, you will love this dressing recipe.
Cornbread Stuffing With Sweet Potato and Squash
Southerners love their fall produce. When it’s time to harvest vegetables like sweet potato and squash, we look for any and every opportunity to implement them in our dishes, whether they are for breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner. We are doubly excited to add them in to holiday meals. This easy cornbread stuffing recipe uses two of our favorite fall harvests—sweet potatoes and squash—for a flavorful, tender dish, that is just as tasty as it is pretty to place on the table. Increase both the color and the flavor of your cornbread stuffing by adding cubed butternut squash, sweet potato, and—for one final surprise—Granny Smith apple.
Sage Cornbread Dressing
Recipe: Sage Cornbread Dressing
While it is a bit less well known than peas and carrots or peanut butter and jelly, cornbread and sage is a pairing that is just as delicious. Cornbread and sage go together in a lovely melding of flavor, the sage bringing out the depth of cornbread and the cornbread playing off the fragrant fusion of warm sage. You can easily make this sage cornbread dressing ahead of time and freeze it. That makes your before dinner preparation time so very easy. When you’re ready to prepare, just thaw it overnight in the refrigerator; then bake it about 1 hour and 15 minutes before serving.