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Every Hero Needs a Side Kick: 14 Recipes for Stuffing a Turkey

By: Katie Keidan, Editor,

No Thanksgiving meal can be considered complete without stuffing but with so many different varieties, it's hard to figure out which ingredients to incorporate into your side dish. With all 14 of these amazingly awesome stuffing recipes, you can't go wrong. Varying from sweet to savory, inside the turkey or out, there is quite the selection to choose from. Decide what flavors and textures you want and have a ball playing around with this classic Thanksgiving side dish that everyone is waiting for. The turkey may get the most attention but without its loyal follower, the meal would be incomplete.


14 Recipes for Stuffing a Turkey

Fruity Stuffing: Sometimes the savory turkey needs to lighten up. Any of these fruity stuffing recipes will do just that. With both fresh and dried fruit, the subtle sweet flavors really help to balance the tastes that are incorporated into this side dish that has so many wonderful pieces to it.

  1. Sweet Fruit Stuffing

  2. Thanksgiving Apple and Almond Wheat Bread Stuffing

  3. Classic Raisin Stuffing

  4. Fresh Herb Apple Stuffing

  5. Healthy Dried Fig and Apricot Stuffing


Veggie Stuffing: Thanksgiving dinner can be overwhelming to anyone trying to stay on the healthy side. Give your guests a stuffing option that is both healthy and delectable. You've got plenty ingredients mixed in with different types of breads to get a balanced meal all in one dish. Have a quality side dish that lets everyone stick to their diet.


Vegetable Based Stuffing

  1. Yellow Squash Stuffing

  2. Vegetable Based Stuffing (pictured)

  3. Tasty Wild Mushroom Stuffing

  4. Whole Wheat Celery Stuffing

  5. Grandma's Thanksgiving Stuffing


Nutty Stuffing: With a moist stuffing recipe, it's always nice to find a mix of consistencies. That's where each of these stuffing recipes comes into play. Whether the crunch comes from pecans or walnuts, the nuttiness adds a little extra protein so all the bases are covered when it comes to food groups. You'll love how the nuts add an extra element to this Thanksgiving side dish.

  1. Pecan Cornbread Stuffing
  2. 30 Minute Apple and Chestnut Stuffing
  3. Seasonal Apple Walnut Stuffing
  4. Auntie's Water Chestnut Stuffing
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