The Best Stuffing Recipe Ever

5 from 5 votes

This is without a doubt The Best Stuffing Recipe I’ve ever had. Made with sourdough, cornbread, and so much more, this delicious stuffing will be the star of your Thanksgiving dinner!

Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

If you are looking for a stuffing recipe that all of your guests will love, look no further, I’ve got the perfect recipe! I know it’s a bold statement to say this could be the best stuffing ever, but…..it really is 🙂  No joke, my husband who absolutely despises stuffing, came home and said, “Oh wow, this is the best stuffing I have ever had!” There’s nothing more unappealing than a dry tasteless stuffing, so I decided to create my own version with ALL of my favorite stuffing ingredients.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s the only Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe you’ll ever need!
  • Even people who don’t love stuffing, love this stuffing recipe.
  • It makes delicious leftovers inside a sandwich with turkey and mashed potatoes!

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ingredients for thanksgiving stuffing recipe

Ingredients For The BEST Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make the best Thanksgiving stuffing. See the recipe card located at the bottom of the post for full details and instructions.

  • cornbread– I generally buy the pre-made cornbread at my grocery store. Saves a little time. You can absolutely make your own if you’d rather.
  • sourdough or other artisan bread of choice– I enjoy using a jalapeno cheddar
  • butter– For the most part I use salted butter for my cooking and baking.
  • carrots– Wash, dry and peel your carrots and dice.
  • onion– White onion works great. Peel and dice same size as carrots.
  • celery– Wash, dry and dice same size as onion and carrots.
  • baby bella mushrooms– Gently wash and dry mushrooms. Give a coarse chop.
  • garlic– You can get the minced garlic in jars from the grocery store or use fresh garlic and mince yourself.
  • chicken broth– Use low sodium chicken broth when possible.
  • ground sausage– Look for the Jimmy Dean mild sausage or other flavors you prefer.
  • fresh parsley– Fresh parsley adds freshness and color to the stuffing.
  • fresh rosemary– Rosemary is so fragrant and is perfect herb in stuffing.
  • fresh thyme– Thyme adds another layer of flavor and freshness to the stuffing.
  • fresh sage– Find fresh sage in the produce department near the other fresh herbs.
  • kosher salt– Kosher salt is a coarse salt that is commonly used in cooking and baking.
  • freshly ground black pepper- For best tasting results use fresh ground black pepper.
thanksgiving stuffing recipe ingredients set up

How To Make The BEST Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

Preheat Oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place cubed sourdough and cornbread onto a large  baking sheet.

Toast Bread Cubes. Bake for 25 minutes, until lightly toasted. Remove from oven.

Cook Vegetables. Melt butter into a large dutch oven or large pot over medium heat. Saute onions, celery, carrots and mushrooms for about 10 minutes or until veggies turn tender. Stir in garlic and cook for another minute.

Add Chicken Broth and Herbs. Pour in chicken broth, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir and reduce heat to low to simmer.

Cook Sausage. Brown sausage in skillet, drain if necessary then add to vegetable mixture.

Add Sausage Broth Mixture To Bread Cubes. Place bread cubes into a large bowl and slowly pour mixture over cubes gently stirring throughout to ensure all pieces get coated. Taste a couple pieces and season with additional salt and pepper according to taste. I added a few more pinches of kosher salt and pepper at this point.

thanksgiving stuffing in baking dish ready to bake

Transfer Stuffing To Baking Dish. Divide stuffing into a 9×13 inch baking dish and a 11×7 inch baking dish (if needing more room). Lightly spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray and transfer stuffing to dish. If needed, use another small baking dish to bake stuffing.

Bake. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25-30 minutes. Tops will get slightly golden.

If I Don’t Have Fresh Herbs Can I Use Dried?

While I recommend using fresh herbs for your homemade stuffing, you can use fresh herbs. For the parsley use 2 tablespoons of dried and 1 teaspoon each of dried rosemary, thyme and sage.

Can I Leave Out The Mushrooms?

Mushrooms are not for everyone, if they are not a favorite in your home, feel free to leave them out of the recipe. No other substitutions needed.

cooked thanksgiving stuffing in baking dish

How To Serve Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

Serve this homemade stuffing warm with your favorite Thanksgiving Dinner menu. Try topping  your stuffing with 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese before baking too. I’ve even added my favorite hot sauce to my bowl of stuffing before enjoying.

How To Store Leftovers

Store any leftover stuffing in an airtight container for up to 3-5 days in the refrigerator. Re-heat as needed. It’s nice to add a splash or two of chicken broth before re-heating. Keeps stuffing moist. Use your other Thanksgiving leftovers to make a turkey stuffing sandwich. Add a little gravy and even cranberry sauce. It’s delicious!

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5 from 5 votes

The Best Stuffing Recipe Ever

This is without a doubt The Best Stuffing Recipe I've ever had. Made with sourdough, cornbread, and so much more. This delicious stuffing will be the star of your Thanksgiving dinner!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 457kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $35
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Equipment

  • Oven
  • Dutch Oven or large pot
  • 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  • cutting board
  • chef knife
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • mixing spoon

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Sourdough Loaf cubed
  • 12 oz baked cornbread cubed
  • 14 Tablespoons butter 1  3/4 sticks
  • 1 large onion diced (about 1 1/2 Cups)
  • 1 bunch of celery chopped (about 3 Cups)
  • 3 large carrots chopped (about 2 Cups)
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms chopped (about 1 1/4 Cups)
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 Cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 Cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme or 1 Tablespoon fresh
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 lb Jimmy Dean Sage Sausage

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.   Place cubed sourdough and cornbread onto a large baking sheet.  Bake for 25 minutes, until lightly toasted.  Remove from oven.
  • Melt butter into a large dutch oven or large pot over medium heat.  Saute onions, celery, carrots and mushrooms for about 10 minutes or until veggies turn tender.  Stir in garlic and cook for another minute then pour in chicken broth, parsley, rosemary, sage,  thyme, salt and pepper.  Stir and reduce heat to low to simmer.
  • Brown sausage in skillet, drain if necessary then add to vegetable mixture.  Place bread cubes into a large bowl and slowly pour mixture over cubes gently stirring throughout to ensure all pieces get coated.  Taste a couple pieces and season with additional salt and pepper according to taste.  I added a few more pinches of kosher salt and pepper at this point.
  • Divide stuffing into a 9×13 inch baking dish and a 11×7 inch baking dish (if needing more room).  Bake for 25-30 minutes, until just golden brown on top.  Should still be nice and moist.  Remove from oven and serve!

Nutrition

Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 1013mg | Potassium: 402mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3265IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 2.8mg
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118 Responses
  1. Courtney

    Southern here too, so it is dressing at my house. Mine is very close..I like your idea of the carrots. If there is anyway you can smoke that Jimmy Dean sausage for a couple of hours in a smoker it REALLY kicks it up a notch. People always try to figure out what the extra kick is in my dressing.
    Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!

  2. maggy@threemanycooks

    I keep wondering why we only really eat stuffing once a year. Crazy! This looks absolutely delicious, Jenny 😀 (Agreed on the cornbread in the stuffing)

  3. Sues

    I just happen to think my mom’s stuffing is the best ever 🙂 But it actually looks quite similar to yours… The sausage totally makes it!! And we add lots of Bell’s seasoning, too!

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  5. Georgina Howe

    Aside from the mushrooms it sounds delicious. This would go great with the turkey recipe Im going to make this year which I will try and feature on my blog. Also my hubby doesnt like stuffing but I think this one he would like since it has ingredients he loves like cornbread, sourdough bread and sausage. Thanks for a great recipe

  6. Daisha

    My mother in law makes a killer sausage stuffing similar to yours. I like the addition of the spice on this! Looks amazing.

  7. Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy.

    Looks amazing! Stuffing is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving dinner! I am so ready to feast on turkey and stuffing!

  8. Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls

    Ohh, how I love stuffing! We had our thanksgiving already (Canada!) BUT, I’ve bookmarked this cause I know I have to try it!

    Mary xo

  9. Mary Prillaman

    I am definitely making this for Thanksgiving. Would this be a good stuffing to stuff the bird with? This will be my first year attempting to make the Thanksgiving turkey and I am a complete novice.

  10. Jihane (Sinful Sundays)

    Omg! I love cornbread in stuffing too! My brother hates it though, so my mom ends up making two different kinds…I don’t mind it. 🙂

  11. Raejean

    I have a stuffing recipe I like (your sounds yummy to with the sausage and mushrooms!) and it makes a ton. I wish the rest of my family appreciated stuffing as much as I do. Even I can only eat so much stuffing!

    Maybe I’ll try yours this year!

  12. Lori Allberry

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! I have to complain Jenny! I just have to – my complaint is that I can not run home and make this IMMEDIATELY!
    I am stuck at work!
    This looks A-MAAAAZ-INNNNNNGGGGGGGG!

    I have been waiting and waiting for this since your tease yesterday!
    Thank You for sharing!

    ♥Lori

  13. VickiT

    Oh what wonderful looking stuffing! I have to say my weakness is sourdough bread so I may need to buy a 2nd loaf or it may ‘somehow’ disappear before it makes it into that recipes. haha I will admit I normally don’t like stuffing with sausage but this one looks awesome so we may need to try this one this year. And I say ‘we’ because hubby will be doing almost all the cooking this year because I just had hand surgery and can’t do much of anything at all given a cast on my dominant hand. oops. I don’t think even as stubborn as I am about being such an independent woman, or stubborn as he would say, that he’s going to allow me anywhere my chef’s knife right now. LOL

  14. Lauren

    I definitely do not like stuffing, but that looks delicious even to me! I might actually have to try making this. Thanks, Jenny! 🙂

  15. brandy

    You have now made me crave Stuffing! I wish you had posted this recipe back in October for the Canadian Thanksgiving. 😀 That looks so good i will have to definietly try your recipe!

  16. Charlotte

    In the south we call it dressing and thats basically the same recipe we use except without the mushrooms and carrots. And its just not dressing without the cornbread!! 😀

  17. Megan

    Wow! This looks so so so good! I always make stuffing from a box, but I think these pictures may have just converted me… 😉

  18. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    Looks delicious! I love how stuffing is one of those things that you can just wing it and add whatever you want. What is your sweet family going to do with all of that stuffing? I feel a stuffing-leftovers post coming on 😉

  19. marla {family fresh cooking}

    I can see just why this would be the best cornbread stuffing ever. I am wanting to make one over here & I will use your recipe to guide me! Looks amazing 🙂 xo

  20. Duchess of Fork

    This stuffing looks great, Jenny! We always have my Granny’s traditional southern cornbread dressing. Can’t wait for Thanksgiving! 🙂

  21. Jamie

    One of my favorite stuffing recipes is similar to this, but instead of cornbread, it has apples. The sweet and savory at the same time is to die for. This recipe makes me wish I was cooking Thanksgiving this year. This looks amazing!

    1. Pam

      My favorite has apples too! Apples and toasted pecans. I don’t think I can wait until Thanksgiving to make some!

  22. Estela @ Weekly Bite

    Stuffing is my favorite food of Thanksgiving!!! Especially cornbread stuffing!

    This looks especially delicious 🙂

  23. megan

    This stuffing sounds incredible! I’ve heard about cornbread in stuffing but never tried it. I am never in charge of the turkey, so I never do the stuffing…but maybe I”ll ask if I can bring some to the meal this year 🙂

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