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Turkey Stuffing Recipes:
Our Traditional Bread Stuffing Recipe Collection

Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner just isn't complete without some great turkey stuffing recipes. Well, we've got some great ones here!
Thanksgiving turkey recipe with stuffing

If you're looking for a traditional bread stuffing recipe to stuff the bird or bake on the side, you can't go wrong with the recipes below. They're full of traditional autumn flavors and wonderful ingredients. Hands-down, these are the best traditional turkey stuffing recipes you'll ever try:

  • Wild Mushroom Stuffing with Hazelnuts (AKA the best turkey stuffing in the world)
  • Easy Crockpot Stuffing Recipe for Vegetarians
  • Traditional Herb Turkey Stuffing

Looking for something a little different? Check out our page full of sausage stuffing recipes, full of unique twists, unusual ingredients, and amazing flavors.

We've also got plenty of turkey how-to's and recipes if you're looking for the perfect bird to go with your stuffing.

Recipe for Wild Mushroom Stuffing with Hazelnuts

Just one bite of this wonderful turkey stuffing recipe will create a chorus of moans around the table-- it's that good. The flavors here whisper "autumn" and "comfort" to some deep, sleepy part of the brain. It's a wonderful accompaniment to a Christmas or Thanksgiving turkey. Be forewarned, though, that's this bread stuffing recipe is really for mushroom lovers. The mushrooms here don't hide quietly in the background... they're the stars of this dish, giving it a beautiful dark color and rich, earthy flavor.

Recipe for Turkey Bread Stuffing with Mushrooms

This recipe makes enough to feed about 12, or stuff a 24 lb. turkey (add less liquid if stuffing a turkey). Turn this into a make-ahead turkey stuffing by preparing it up to step 9. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours, then bring to room temperature before baking as directed. Bread cubes can be prepared up to a week ahead of time. Just seal in plastic bags until ready to use.

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1 loaf (1 3/4 lbs.) challah bread
2 C. chicken broth
1 oz. dried porcini mushrooms
1 C. chopped hazelnuts, toasted
1/3 C. unsalted butter
3 leeks, thoroughly cleaned, chopped
1 C. chopped shallots
4 cloves garlic, minced
20 oz. crimini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
8 oz. shiitake mushrooms, sliced
2 C. chopped celery
1 C. chopped Italian parsley
3 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme (3 tsp. dried)
2 tbsp. chopped fresh sage (2 tsp. dried)
1/2 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary (1/2 tsp. dried)
salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 large eggs

Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.

2. Trim crusts from challah and slice into 3/4 inch cubes. Arrange on a baking sheet and bake about 15 minutes. Remove and let cool. Place in a large mixing bowl.

3. In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups of chicken broth to a simmer. Remove from heat and add dried porcini mushrooms. Let soak about 30 minutes, until softened. Remove from liquid and chop coarsely, reserving broth for later.

4. In a very large skillet, melt butter. Add leeks and shallots, and cook about 5 minutes, until softened. Add fresh mushrooms. Cook about 10 minutes more, until tender.

5. Add celery, garlic, and porcini mushrooms to the skillet. Cook about 5 minutes more.

6. Add mushroom mixture to bread cubes in large mixing bowl. Add toasted hazelnuts and seasonings, including salt and pepper to taste. Stir.

7. Add eggs. Stir well to combine.

8. Bit by bit, pour in reserved mushroom broth until mushroom stuffing reaches the desired level of moistness. You won't want to use more than 1 1/2 cups, total. Use only enough liquid to moisten the stuffing; no more.

9. Dump stuffing into a large, buttered casserole dish.

10. Bake, covered in buttered foil, in a preheated 325 degree F oven until heated through, about 1 hour.

11. Uncover and bake about 15 minutes more, until crisp on top.

12. Watch all of your mushroom-loving guests drool over one of the best turkey stuffing recipes they'll ever try.

Crockpot Stuffing Recipe for Vegetarians
(and Non-Veggies, too)

While you can make most turkey stuffing recipes into vegetarian recipes, this one was created especially for vegetarians. As a bonus, this is one of the few turkey stuffing recipes made in the crockpot, freeing up oven space for other things-- like a tofurky or other vegetarian specialty. If you're looking for "turkey" stuffing recipes that veggie and non-veggies guests alike will swoon over (that is, as long as you don't actually stuff the turkey), you've found it.

Oh, and did I mention it's really easy?

This crockpot stuffing recipe feeds 8-10 people. You can also use it to stuff a 15-20 lb. bird. Too make ahead, assemble all the way up to step 4. Then cover and refrigerate, then pop it in the crockpot when you're ready.

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3 C. coarsely chopped onion
3 C. crimini or button mushrooms, chopped
1 1/2 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter
10 C. stale bread, in small cubes or crumbled
1/4 C. chopped fresh sage
1/3 C. chopped fresh parsley
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 eggs
1/4 C. vegetable broth (or chicken for non-veggies)

Instructions: 1. In a skillet, melt the butter. Add the onion and celery and cook over medium heat until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes.

2. Increase heat to medium-high. Add mushrooms. Cook until tender.

3. Place onion/mushroom mixture in a large mixing bowl.

4. Add bread and mix well. Add herbs and spices.

5. Beat eggs in a small bowl and stir into bread mixture.

6. Place stuffing in a crockpot. Drizzle vegetable broth over. Cook, covered, on low heat for 4 hours.

Vegetarian Crockpot Stuffing Recipe for Christmas and Thanksgiving

Traditional Herb Turkey Stuffing

Traditional Herb Bread Stuffing for a TurkeyAs far as traditional turkey stuffing recipes go, you can't do better than this. It's bursting with all the flavors you expect on Thanksgiving: pungent sage, earthy mushrooms, and crunchy walnuts. This bread stuffing recipe is the perfect classic Thanksgiving stuffing (or dressing). So good!

This is one of those turkey stuffing recipes that's also easy to play with. Want to add a handful of dried cranberries or trade the walnuts out for pecans? This is one of the best turkey stuffing recipes to adapt to your family's tastes. Play around with it! Like the recipe above, this can be made a vegetarian stuffing recipe by subbing vegetable broth for the chicken.

Serves about 10 people, and stuffs a 20-23 lb. bird. If you prefer make-ahead turkey stuffing recipes, assemble it all the way up to step 7. Chill, covered, up to 24 hours and bring to room temperature before baking as directed. I always shred up a large loaf of bread, crusts trimmed, and leave it out overnight about a week ahead of time, then seal in plastic bags until ready to use.

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9-10 C. stale, hard bread, shredded into 1" chunks
3/4 C. unsalted butter, melted
12 oz. crimini or button mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
2 medium yellow onions, coarsely chopped
3 stalks of celery, coarsely chopped
6 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
2 lg. eggs, beaten
3/4 C. chopped walnuts
1 tsp. salt (or to taste)
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp. dried rubbed sage
1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried rosemary
1 tbsp. poultry seasoning
1/4 C. chopped freshly parsley
5 C. chicken broth, or as needed

Instructions: 1. In a large skillet, melt butter. Add onions and celery and cook about 5 minutes.

2. Add mushrooms and garlic and cook until mushrooms are barely tender, about 3 minutes longer.

3. Place mushroom mixture in a large mixing bowl.

4. Add salt, pepper, and other herbs and spices. Stir to combine.

5. Stir in nuts. Stir in bread pieces. Stir in beaten eggs and 1 C. chicken broth.

6. Add additional broth until this bread stuffing recipe reaches your desired level of moistness, at least 2 additional cups. You can add up to 4 additional cups for very moist stuffing.

7. Pour herb stuffing mixture into a large, buttered casserole dish.

8. Covered with buttered foil. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven 45 minutes, or until hot throughout.

9. Uncover and bake 15 minutes more, until top is crisp. And enjoy one of the best traditional turkey stuffing recipes ever.

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