9 Make-Ahead Stuffing Recipes

Set yourself up for a successful and low-stress Thanksgiving day by preparing some of your dishes -- like these make-ahead stuffing recipes -- one to two days early! These stuffing recipes are our favorite way to capitalize on the flavors of the season and feature moist bread, rice, or grains.

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    Olive Bread Stuffing with Fennel

    Artisanal olive bread, buttered mushrooms, and a sprinkling of fresh herbs come together for a deep rustic flavor. Put the ingredients together up to 2 days before your big meal for easy prep Thanksgiving day.

    Editor's Tip: Uncover for the last 20 minutes for an extra crunchy top.

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    Cranberry-Apple Corn Bread Stuffing

    Layer sweet and savory fall flavors for a memorable Thanksgiving dish. Use corn bread crumbles for the base, add sweet cranberries and apples for fresh flavor, then cover and chill for up to 24 hours.

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    Wild Rice Dressing

    Wild and white rice replace traditional bread in this make-ahead stuffing. Alongside conventional carrots and celery, port-soaked cranberries and toasted almonds add color and flavor to this alternative dressing.

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    Video: Update Your Stuffing

    Side dishes of the Thanksgiving meal are really the showstoppers. And a must-have is a great stuffing. Use these ingredients you have on-hand to enhance your favorite stuffing recipe.

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    Wild Mushroom-Herb Bread Pudding

    Save prep time on this herbed focaccia bread stuffing by making the dish and chilling for up to 24 hours before baking and serving. This savory bread pudding is perfect for a holiday brunch or as a Thanksgiving side dish.

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    Roasted Chestnut Stuffing

    No need to roast chestnuts over an open fire. Get the same toasted nutty flavor in stuffing with our make-ahead recipe.

    Editor's Tip: Drizzle an additional 1/4 cup chicken broth to moisten the reheated stuffing.

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    Barley-Butternut Squash Dressing

    Accents of smoky bacon and sweet red peppers shine through in this simple side dish. Spoon this buttnernut squash and nutty barley-based dressing into a baking dish, cover, and set it aside until an hour before the big Thanksgiving meal.

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    Artisanal Bread Stuffing

    Make a Mediterranean-flavor stuffing with olives and fennel. Toast artisanal bread cubes and pine nuts until golden brown and store up to 1 day before mixing with all ingredients. 


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    Savory Butternut Squash Dressing

    Rich orange butternut squash and ripe red cranberries shine through this fall favorite. A mixture of egg, half-and-half, and chicken broth create an extra-moist dressing.

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    Carrot-Mushroom Stuffing

    Rosemary and soy sauce dress up herb-seasoned stuffing. Green onions, fresh shiitake mushooms, and shredded carrots brighten up the flavors and colors of this make-ahead side dish.

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    Old-Fashioned Bread Stuffing

    Reminisce in the comfort of classic stuffing recipe that uses celery, onion, and carrots to give flavor to toasted white bread cubes. The updated features: it can be prepared up to 24-hours before mealtime or can be done in a slow cooker.

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    Apple, Bacon, and Leek Stuffing

    Sweet and savory come together in this Thanksgiving side dish. Prepare the fall apples, salty bread crumbs, and savory leeks and mushrooms in this stuffing up to 1 day before the holiday meal.

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    Great Green Bean Recipes

    Whether you're scooping up a side of green bean casserole or munching on a crisp green bean salad, green beans add classic flavor, color, and nutrients to your meal. Change up your usual green bean routine with some of our fresh green bean recipes -- you won't be disappointed!
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