With Thanksgiving just days away, many families are making final dinner preparations. One topic that is bound to come up is what to put inside the turkey.
We’ve poured through hundreds — okay, dozens — of recipes looking for the kind of stuffing that will lead to an amazing holiday and delicious leftovers.
Here are ten succulent stuffing ideas we think will satisfy your tastebuds this Thanksgiving.
This recipe, which uses garbanzo beans in place of bread, may seem a bit unconventional to some. But this breadless option is ideal for gluten-free individuals or those who want to reduce their bread intake.
Oranges, lemons and limes
Citrus stuffing will give the turkey a moist, delectable flavor. The combination of oranges, lemons and limes is also a great calorie cutter.
Cranberry, apple and sausage
If you want to wake up your tastebuds this Thursday, add sausage to your stuffing. Combine the meat with fresh herbs, lemon, garlic, celery, bell pepper and apples to keep your turkey moist and full of flavor.
What’s not to love about sweet potato? This recipe also uses sausage and cranberries for the season to put a new twist on some classic Thanksgiving flavors. It’s even paleo if you’re trying to adhere to a diet through the holidays.
As if couscous wasn’t a new enough idea for stuffing, this recipe throws currants, apricots and pistachios into the mix. With a short prep time and a mix of delicious flavors, this option is easy to whip together.
Artichoke Parmesan Sourdough
The artichoke is literally the heart of this recipe, and provides a blast of flavor. This stuffing can also be served as a casserole. Tip: Make sure the sourdough isn’t soggy.
Fruit and Nut
This fruit and nut stuffing is sure to turn heads. With a splash of bourbon, this recipe hits all the right spots. A non-alcoholic alternative is one part vanilla extract and two parts water for each tablespoon of bourbon.
Buffalo cheddar beer bread (and bacon)
Let’s face it: Bacon goes with everything. Add it to this buffalo cheddar beer bread stuffing to appease some of the more picky palates. This vibrant colors will liven up the serving table and have the whole family raving.
This favorite of NFL legend John Madden stuffs a chicken, inside a duck, inside a turkey. Each fowl can also have a layer of more traditional stuffing as well. If you are having trouble picking one of these other recipes, use more than one.
Last but not least, you can keep your Thanksgiving simple and make traditional stuffing. If you are really pressed for time, go with the Stove Top box brand. It is easy and affordable.