In a hypothetical showdown of Thanksgiving sides, stuffing seems to have a soft fluffy part of everyone’s heart. And it’s easy to see why. First of all, bread. Second of all, savory herbs and juices. Third of all, it’s the one side that’s guaranteed to be on everyone’s Thanksgiving table.
But that doesn’t mean it has to be the same year after year, especially when occasions like Friendsgiving give you room for culinary play. See how you can switch up your stuffing so it can take its rightful place as top side for good.
Dress up your dressing! You’ll start by cooking up onion and celery in bacon drippings (seriously), before tossing it with crisp bacon, tart Granny Smith apples, toasted pecans, and cornbread stuffing mix. Pour in broth and butter and bake just long enough to let all that good stuff soak in.
Serve this side with a disclaimer: it’s so good, guests risk filling their stomachs before other dishes even make it around the table. Caramelized chicken-apple sausage and golden-brown cubes of French roll are flavored with fennel, thyme, sage, onion, and more for a satisfyingly rich stuffing.
Bursting with buttery flavor, this dressing gives your gluten-free guests a side to be truly thankful for. Multigrain and white breads, seasonings, celery, cream, and butter (for that buttery flavor!) are baked golden brown for a simply scrumptious stuffing.
Sure, it’s not technically a stuffing, but it still deserves honorable mention. This simply delicious side taps fall spices to bring out the flavor in Granny Smith apples and butternut squash.
This recipe solves a lot of tension at the Thanksgiving table. First of all, the muffin shape ensures everyone gets their fair share and there aren’t any fights over the crispy edges. Plus, the gluten-free bread lets everyone in the on the stuffing action.
Oven space is a hot commodity on Thanksgiving. *pun intended* Free up space on the top rack and in your precious oven schedule by making this vegetarian stuffing in the slow cooker instead. The savory flavors of the sourdough bread, “sausage,” celery, and herbs will come together just in time.