11 Make-Ahead Stuffing Recipes

These make-ahead stuffing recipes (prepped one or two days early!) will help set up a successful and low-stress Thanksgiving day. Capitalize on the flavors of the season with these Thanksgiving stuffing recipes that feature 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 to give deep rustic flavor to this Thanksgiving stuffing. Put the ingredients together up to 2 days before your big meal for easy prep on turkey day.

    Tip: Uncover for the last 20 minutes for an extra-crunchy top.

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    Double Corn-Corn Bread Stuffing

    This corn bread stuffing recipe gets a double dose of corn thanks to homemade corn bread cubes and 3 full cups of fresh corn kernels. Stir in spinach, red onion, and parsley, and this so-good make-ahead stuffing strays far from tradition.

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    Cranberry-Apple Corn Bread Stuffing

    Layer sweet and savory fall flavors for a memorable cranberry stuffing recipe that will make everyone want seconds. 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 Thanksgiving stuffing recipe. Alongside conventional carrots and celery, port-soaked cranberries and toasted almonds add color and flavor to this unique side dish.

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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 an easy stuffing recipe 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 this hearty make-ahead stuffing!

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

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    Barley-Butternut Squash Dressing

    A twist on traditional stuffing, accents of smoky bacon and sweet red peppers shine through in this simple side. Spoon this butternut 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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    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 creates an extra-moist stuffing for Thanksgiving.

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    Carrot-Mushroom Stuffing

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

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    Old-Fashioned Bread Stuffing

    Reminisce in the comfort of this traditional 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 made 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 make-ahead turkey 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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