18 Best Ways to Use Leftover Stuffing (If You Have Any)

When it comes to Thanksgiving table hierarchies, for me, stuffing sits securely at the top. Whether you call it stuffing or dressing; make it from cornbread, hand-torn white bread, or the pre-hardened croutons from a bag, I will love it. And when it co…

When it comes to Thanksgiving table hierarchies, for me, stuffing sits securely at the top. Whether you call it stuffing or dressing; make it from cornbread, hand-torn white bread, or the pre-hardened croutons from a bag, I will love it. And when it comes to leftovers, stuffing is more than just another topping on the beloved next-day sandwich.

Here are 18 ideas for recipes to transform leftover stuffing into meals, plus some of our favorite stuffing recipes (though they’re so good you may not have any left over, just saying.)

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How to Stuff a Turkey the Right Way (for the Juiciest, Most Flavorful Result)

Let’s be real: A plain, bland turkey just won’t cut it for a Thanksgiving feast. If you’ve been assigned the nerve-wracking task of roasting the turkey, one of the best ways to make it a success is with a killer stuffing everyone will talk about all ye…

Let’s be real: A plain, bland turkey just won’t cut it for a Thanksgiving feast. If you’ve been assigned the nerve-wracking task of roasting the turkey, one of the best ways to make it a success is with a killer stuffing everyone will talk about all year long. Surpass the high expectations of your friends and family with a flavorful, juicy, and exciting mixture to give your bird the flavor it deserves.

Now, before you get to it, there are a couple of important factors and steps to keep in mind, like: how to safely stuff your bird to prevent foodborne illnesses, what ingredients you'll need to make an unforgettably tasty stuffing, and, of course, how to actually stuff it!

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The Absolute Best Way to Make Thanksgiving Stuffing, According to So Many Tests

In Absolute Best Tests, Ella Quittner destroys the sanctity of her home kitchen in the name of the truth. She’s boiled dozens of eggs, seared more Porterhouse steaks than she cares to recall, and mashed enough potatoes for a lifetime. Today, she tackle…

In Absolute Best Tests, Ella Quittner destroys the sanctity of her home kitchen in the name of the truth. She's boiled dozens of eggs, seared more Porterhouse steaks than she cares to recall, and mashed enough potatoes for a lifetime. Today, she tackles Thanksgiving stuffing.


Ten years ago, my mother tried to mess with our family’s classic Thanksgiving menu. She billed it as “lighter” and “vegetable-forward” and “not a punishment, Ella, I promise.” On her blasphemous docket appeared swill like baked apples in place of pie, and puréed turnips in lieu of mashed potatoes. Most devastatingly, she suggested a ban on bacon in the stuffing.

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The Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Stuffing You Can Cook Right Now

With November almost here (but how?), I imagine many soon-to-be Thanksgiving hosts across the country are digging out their recipe files, drafting their menus, making monstrous grocery lists, and crafting their game-day plans. One of the most pressing …

With November almost here (but how?), I imagine many soon-to-be Thanksgiving hosts across the country are digging out their recipe files, drafting their menus, making monstrous grocery lists, and crafting their game-day plans. One of the most pressing questions is “what can I make ahead for Thanksgiving?” Sure, you can shop for non-perishable pantry goods like dried or fresh herbs, chicken broth, cornmeal, nuts, dry baking goods, and more. But what can you actually cook anything in advance of Turkey Day? What about make-ahead stuffing?

If any of these hosts are like me, many of the same questions are arising: To brine the turkey or not? (Test Kitchen Director Josh Cohen did a compare-and-contrast experiment to answer this for himself.) How to cook it this year? (Food52 Senior Editor Eric Kim's go-to method is simple as can be.) Low and slow? Fast and furious? Stuffed? Deep Fried? Spatchcocked? In pieces? And what about the gravy?

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